Dry Transfers (or rubdowns) and Direct Imaging are suitable for one-offs or low
volume image generation when there is no other economical
solution. Used by graphic designers, model-makers, props departments, packaging
designers and test marketers. Rubdown Dry Transfers are
available in standard or metallic PMS colours in either matte or gloss as well
as a variety of mirror foil colours. Rubdowns can be applied to any non-
porous or some porous surfaces, for example plastics, metal, glass, ceramics,
acrylics, wood, concrete, leather, paper or cardboards etc. Images
must be solid colours and can be multi-colour which requires separated artwork.
Please call or email for more information.
Dry Transfers are produced by outputting your vector artwork to high resolution
film negative which is then used to contact print the image onto a
specially prepared carrier sheet.
The carrier sheet is coated with your choice of Pantone® Solid Coated colour, white, black or process colour followed by an opaque
and then sensitized to accept the image. The prepared sheet is exposed to a UV
light source, processed, dried and coated with an adhesive solution
that has been selected for its residue-free properties. Other colours available
include a full range of fluoros and coloured foil inks. Rub-ups are
images in reverse direction which are to be viewed through a transparent object
such as a lens, glass or perspex etc.
Effects such as simulated spot varnishing, either gloss or matte can be created
by substituting clear inks.
The user applies the Dry Transfer to his job by positioning the image as
required, rubbing with moderate pressure on the back of the carrier using
a suitable tool, then peeling the sheet away.
Cleanup is not usually required with our current adhesive but we do recommend
burnishing the image once applied using the backing paper and
your application tool.
Artwork required should be produced in Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw
or similar vector drawing program with all images rendered as
100% process black (0c, 0m, 0y, 100k). Any fonts used need to be converted to
paths or outlines. Do not include placed bitmap images. Some
word processing programs such as Microsoft Word do not give consistent results
and should be avoided. Maximum image area should not exceed
A3, ideal is either A4 or A5. Components can be duplicated as many times as
necessary with minimal space between. If necessary a separate PDF
file or JPEG indicating colours can be provided.
Direct Imaging is a variation of the Dry Transfer process that uses a
non-releasing ink applied directly to a suitable non-porous surface such as a
clear substrate or film, acrylic sheet, glass or metal and can be either right
or wrong reading. This makes the process perfect for imaging on shrink-
films to conform to complex-shaped containers such as cans or some bottles that
have rounded shoulders or bottoms.
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Dry Transfers (or rubdowns) are used by model makers, packaging designers,
graphic designers, marketing
departments and in the production of a variety of props and sets for
photography, video and film.
Direct Imaging is a variation of the Rubdown Dry Transfer process that enables
single-colour or multi-colour
images to be ‘printed’ directly onto a suitable non-porous substrate as a one-off or low volumes.