One of the biggest benefits of using screen printed (plastisol) transfers is the ability to save money by using gang sheets. Gang sheets are available when your design doesn’t use up the entire 11.25” x 14” sheet of transfer paper. In most cases, extra space on the sheet goes to waste because the customer isn’t aware of the possibility to get the most for their money. So now you know, you have the option of “ganging” multiple images on one sheet to get the most out of the paper. These designs can then be cut apart and heat applied to your apparel. This is the best way to use the sheet to its maximum potential.
The most common type of gang sheet uses all of the same image. These sheets can range from the same design and same size duplicated on the sheet or multiple sizes of the same image. You may have a large image needed for the back of the shirt and a small design that needs to be applied to the front pocket.
Other options are using multiple images on a sheet. These are growing in popularity as prices for a multiple image gang sheet is the same price as using all the same image. If the order for your customer requires a different design on the front as it does on the back, these images can still be placed on the same sheet.
If you have an order that doesn’t require a gang sheet but you have extra space left unused on the transfer paper, be creative and think of other ways to use it. For just a few cents more you can add “your” company logo or a good customer’s logo to give as an add-on to their next order, etc. Otherwise those extra inches are just paper that will be thrown away when it could be money in your pocket.
So when shouldn’t you use a gang sheet? The most common reason to not use a gang sheet is if your designs are using different colors. Choose to use the same colors in your designs on a gang sheet to save money. The cost increases as colors are added so group your designs together based on their shared colors.
Cutting the designs apart from the paper is easy. There are grid lines on the back of Transfer Express’ paper to help keep a straight cut. Our designers also keep in mind that you may be using a guillotine paper cutter and place enough space in between each design to cut several sheets at once. This is best to use if you have a large quantity of sheets that need cut. If cutting the images apart with scissors, it’s best to cut just one sheet at a time to keep your lines straight. Since cutting with scissors is time consuming, a guillotine cutter is recommended unless you have a small amount of sheets to cut.