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What is the Best HTV

What is the Best HTV

When it comes to custom t-shirt HTV, many today are asking: “What is the Best Heat Transfer Vinyl to use”?

You probably think like I did, that all heat transfer vinyl or HTV or t-shirt vinyl is the same. Or perhaps you’ve just always bought the cheapest possible.  By the way, how different can they be?

What is HTV Anyway?

HTV stands for Heat Transfer Vinyl.

Basically, you load vinyl into your cutter, whether it’s a small Circuit cutter or a big Roland or Graphtec professional cutter, then cut out lettering or graphics into the vinyl.

Peel the unwanted vinyl away from your design, then apply it to a t-shirt and heat press it on (not iron it, use a heat press).

HTV most often comes in rolls for professional cutters. Usually, the smallest pro roll you can get is about 15” by 5 Yards. It sometimes comes in sheets of 12” x 12” for hobby cutters like the Circuit.

It’s quite the same as the stuff you use to put designs into scrapbooks. It’ needs heat to make it stick permanently.

Let me say there that HTV is not the same as using a direct to garment printer or a white toner printer for t-shirt transfers. You can do full color with both of those AND you never have to “weed” your designs. It’s like magic.😊 But there are a few cool options for HTV:

Check out -Triton HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)

Don’t take our word for it here at MomImprovement, call them and check it out yourself.  maybe order some samples?

Let me tell you, then call it “Rapid Peel” for a reason!

More about Triton Vinyl in a bit, first…

If you’re like most people (and ME), you’ve just been buying HTV from Sister or Cad Cut or FDC or one of the other heat transfer vinyl’s you can find on the internet, or that came with your new cutter. (Okay, actually, FDC IS pretty good!)



Glitter HTV

Heat Transfer Vinyl isn’t limited to just solid colors, although that’s what you’ll see on sports jerseys and for MOST of the custom t-shirt made with it. It’s also used for BLING!

If you’re like me and LIKE a little bling in your life, there are some great glitter vinyl colors available. Very sparkly. Perfect HTV for cheer mom shirts for example.

Pattern HTV

There s also some very cool patterns available, like camo and animal prints. You can get very creative with HTV!

if you’re a Cricut or Cameo user like about 10 million other people, you probably have been limited by the choices you have anyway – stuck with (pun intended) literally the world’s most expensive cost and cheapest feel vinyl on the market.

Have you ever tried weeding that stuff you can get from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby?  Wow  That’s a job.

But whether you’re a pro making custom shirts with HTV or trying to start a real business based on your Circuit or Cameo cutters with HTV, there IS a difference in brands – at least I realized that after trying Triton Heat Transfer Vinyl.

Triton Heat Transfer Vinyl

Now we get down to why I’m writing this – I’ve tried Triton Rapid Peel – and am a huge fan!

Triton came out a few months ago, sold by Colman and Company, the same people that sell the digital heat fx printers and the ink for the M2, Viper2, and M6 DTG Printers.

And it is VERY different from Siser and Cad Cut for example.

First of all, if you haven’t made a complicated vinyl design on Heat Transfer Vinyl and then tried to peel It or weed it, you’re just not going to understand. Stop-go do that.😊 You need to understand the level of frustration after you’ve waited 20 minutes for a design to get cut with a Circuit and then rip the vinyl when you peel it – or just take FOR-EV-ER to do it.

Triton HTV is just a breeze to work with:

  • It’s EASY to PEEL – they say the digital heat fx color t-shirt transfer system they sell is “no weed”, and that’s true -but Triton is SO CLOSE TO THAT. So easy to peel.
  • Cuts great – very consistent cut
  • Looks great – colors wash really well
  • Feels GREAT – it’s very thin. Not sure what the thickness measurement is, but in the shirts I’ve seen it’s almost like it’s not even there.

As for PEELING or WEEDING – just watch this video Colman and Company did:

So.. What IS the Best HTV today?

I think you know my answer.

Check out Triton Heat Transfer Vinyl here: I think you can even get a sample package!

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Comparing the NEW Oki8432wt and Oki 920wt Printer

Introducing the Oki Pro8432wt White Toner Printer!

The custom t-shirt business has BOOMED in the past 3 years and the Oki Pro8432wt has been a big part of it for our readers.

What’s the Big Deal with these white toner laser printers anway?

A big part of that is now it’s so much easier to print great transfers with the with white toner printers like the Okidata 920wt.  Just this year the OKI 920WT’s biggest seller in the US – Digital HeatFX TRIPPLED their monthly sales.

They’re pumping a lot of information about making universal t shirt transfers with their combination of Laser EZ Peel paper and the OKI printer.

Digital HeatFX has made it so easy to start a t-shirt business making transfers that OKI has sharpened their pencils to make a product that helps even more people get started in the business.


Just a quick update – Now that Digital HeatFX is part of the brands sold by ColDesi, Inc. you can learn more about it right on their main website:

OKI Pro8432wt | What’s Better

What could OKI do to make the OKI920WT better? What would make it more attractive for who they’re really after – home-based custom t-shirt businesses, crafters that want to make promotional products or the weekend warriors that sell custom t-shirts at markets?

The OKI Pro8432WT White Toner Printer is BIG.

Delivered in a huge box big. Hard to get through a door big. Somebody get me an INDUSTRIAL table to put this on big. No way I can put that in my SUV big.

The Okidata 8432wt is also known as the “Okidata PRO8432”.  The new Okidata white toner printer takes up about 25% less counter space than the 920WT.

It’s also LIGHTER!

Smaller and lighter is a big deal for office use because, honestly, it just looks like a beefy office desktop color printer. So it will fit on a desk and won’t stress the MDF that desk is made of.

Smaller dimensions AND lighter mean you can put it on a cart and in the back of your SUV for mobile, on site printing at events.

OKI Pro8432wt vs OKI920wt | Here are the Specifications

Ready for the “Geeky” side of the product differences?

Both white toner transfer printers are part of OKI’s proColor™ series.  The proColor™ series of printers are designed for the professional graphic arts markets where high production output is important.

The machines focus on high speed as well as faithful representation of the color quality.  Also, the series is known for extra strong feeders, embedded EFI Fiery® and PANTONE® support on select models.  When color is critical and speed is important, either one of these proColor™ printers makes a good choice.


Here’s the numbers:

OKI Pro920wt printerOKI Pro8432wt printer (smaller size)
Paper SizeUp to 12” by 18” (Tabloid Extra)Up to 11.7” x 16.5” (ISO A3 size)


Similar Output and Features | Only Minor Internal Differences

When comparing the 2017 Okidata Pro8432wt to the existing 920wt (white toner) the internal differences and output are about the same.


To start, both machines come equipped with an 800 MHz Power PC processor with 512MB RAM standard on the OKI 920wt and only 256MB RAM standard on the OKI 8432wt.  Both machines require and work with the same style transfer papers.


Each laser printer with white toner requires the two-step A and B papers to generate a high contrast white print on dark garments or dark items.  The power consumption is similar to both printers as well as the overall output.  They have an output that is enviable when compared to any other process in the decorated apparel industry.


Each can reasonably pump out over 500 transfer sheets a day.  However, any mom would be exhausted trying to heat press that many infant or baby clothes in a day.  So, developing a wholesale transfer business is a great part-time business model for moms with one of these printers.




There’s a difference between how easy or hard it is to business done with the white toner printers.

The folks at Digital HeatFX have that figure out, so everything below is based on the way THEY do OKI + Paper + Heat Press

Making Money on More Things with Transfers

Here’s the BEST part, the Okidata proColor® printers like the 8432WT can create transfers for just about anything!  After you print with your Okidata 920wt or the new Oki Pro8432wt you can press these transfers on virtually any fabric combination.

You can do this all with just one set of papers too.  If making a little side money to help the family is where your heart is, either one of these printers fits the need.

Check out all the garments these printers can print on:

BagsDinner JacketsKnickersScarfsT-Shirts
BootsHoody’sPolo ShirtsSkirtsTrainers
BriefsJogging SuitsRobesSuitsVests


Your Steps to Printing Money with Either Machine

That’s Right, you can even print on UNUSUAL items that are not garment related.  For instance, here’s a great video on how to heat press koozies.

The cost of material for printing on these items works out to about 3 cents per square inch.  The smaller the logo, the lower the cost per print out.

Here’s a video on printing Koozies:


Dozens of logos can be printed on a single sheet, or you can combine multiple logos together on a single garment.  The process is easy and breaks down into just 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Design

Here is where Moms everywhere can bring their designs to life.  No matter which software you like to use for graphics, the Oki data920wt or the Oki Pro8432wt can handle the file format.

You can use graphics applications like; Photoshop®, Illustrator®, CorelDraw®, Paint®, or any of the dozens of free online editors.  Literally, anything that you can get on your screen can be brought into the software.  Pictures, Logos, Text, Lists, in either pixel form or vector art.

Step 2: Print

Yes, just print.   The beauty of the Oki proColor® laser printers with white toner is that there are no screens to create, no inks to load, no messes to clean, and no harsh chemicals.

That’s right, there is no separate RIP (raster image processor) software applications to go through. You simply open your design in your favorite software and choose “Print” to create your beautiful transfer.

Step 3: Press

Here’s where the magic happens! You take the image that came out of the Oki 920wt or the Oki Pro8432wt and simply brings it over to the heat press. An Iron will not work for this step of the process. The ability to hold temperature and pressure constant over the whole image area prevents irons from working.

You match up the image you printed (The “A” Paper) with the emulsion sheet (The “B” paper) using your heat press.

Once you peel the sheets apart and trim the edges you are ready to press your fully prepared transfer sheet on to your item.

You then simply heat press the image directly onto the garment, or bag, or jacket, etc. Or, for less hassle, you can simply sell your transfer sheets (wholesale) to any other business owner that has their own heat press but doesn’t have their own Okidata 920wt or Okidata pro8432wt machine.