Product Information : Transfer Lettering

Aqua Marker ImageTransfer Lettering is ideal for adding details to architectural and technical drawings, product design and prototypes, and personalising art and craft work, as well as for use on displays, presentation boards and design work.
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Letraset Instant Lettering is the leading dry transfer lettering system which enables the user to produce high quality work quickly and economically. The comprehensive range of typefaces and sizes combined with advanced production techniques make Letraset Instant Lettering the most versatile and reliable aid available.

Because of the exceptional quality of Instant Lettering, it reproduces with great clarity and definition when enlarged photographically, or when used in connection with the preparation of artwork and letterpress, litho and silk screen printing. Instant Lettering may also be used most successfully for dyeline copying. .

Instant Lettering is so easy to apply it has immense value to the professional artist as a means of saving time and money, especially when amending architectural plans and other detailed technical designs which would otherwise be a costly process. The accessibility of Instant Lettering enables less experienced users to easily add crisp lettering to a variety of art and craft projects to a very high standard.
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  • Instant Lettering can be applied to any smooth surface - paper / board / plastics / metal / glass / acetate / even linen and silk
  • Letraset's unique adhesive ensures strong adhesion to all surfaces - the letters wll never peel off once applied
  • Carefully researched letter frequencies mean the greatest possible economy from your Letraset sheets
  • The tough, pliable ink film resists cracking when applied even to rough surfaces
  • Once applied Instant Lettering will resist damage from normal studio handling
  • Instant lettering can be projected or 'blown up' without significant loss of definition
  • There is no adhesive residue which requires clean off when Instant Lettering is applied to artwork
  • In case of error in setting, Instant Lettering can be removed by eraser or adhesive tape
  • The storage life of Instant Lettering is guaranteed - sheets 3 years old are as good as new


    Semantic Guide Image1) Press letter into contact with surface with finger.
    2) Shade lightly over letter with the burnisher supplied with the lettering sheet.
    3) Carefully lift away sheet. Repeat process until setting is complete.
    Finally: Cover completed setting with protective tissue and burnish hard with finger

    Pre release ImagePre-release technique
    This is an alternative application method which will help transfer to difficult surfaces (e.g. rough metal, tracing linen, delicate tissue paper.)
    1) Hold sheet away from surface, and rub lightly over letter with burnisher until it appears to turn completely grey. (pre-released)
    2) Place in position on artwork and press off with finger.
    3) Cover with protective tissue and burnish hard.

    The protective backing tissue is silicone coated to prevent letters accidently transferring to it. It should always be placed under the sheets when using Instant Lettering. Protect your Instant Lettering sheet by replacing the backing tissue after use to prevent dirt and dust adhering to the sheet.

    Removing Instant Lettering is easy. From paper or board, instant lettering can be removed with a pencil eraser, or by rubbing with adhesive tape. From hard surfaces (e.g. metal or plastic), lay a piece of adhesive tape over the letter or word, rub down and peel away. (Instant Lettering should always be removed before burnishing).

    Never use heavy pressure to transfer: Heavy pressure when transferring may crack the letters: shade lightly using the same pressure as if you were writing. Apply pressure when burnishing the transferred letter(s).

    Make sure your surface is clean: Dust and grease (e.g. finger marks) on your surface will inhibit transfer. This is particularly important on hard surfaces-metal/plastics/glass and acetate. Also make sure your surface is completely dry.

    Note: Instant lettering should not be applied to heavily plasticised PVC (Rexene, etc.) After a few days, the plasticiser causes the lettering to become sticky.

    If part of a letter does not transfer when sheet is removed. Allow sheet to fall back into place and rub lightly again.

    Use guide lines to position letters. Guide lines are printed on all sheets 1/8" below each letter. Register these guide lines with a light pencil line drawn on your artwork, for correct alignment of letters.

    To protect instant lettering against abrasion, apply '101' or Letracote (matt or gloss). For additional weatherproofing, use a polyurethane varnish. (Do not use a cellulose based varnish)

    Store Instant Lettering sheets flat, in a cool, dry place. With proper storage, sheets three years old will be as good as new.

    Using the Spacematic guide

    Semantic Guide ImageAs a guide draw a pencilled line on your artwork 1/8" (3mm) below the required base line of the text and register the spacemarks exactly with the line.

    1) Using the 'how to' method above, transfer the first letter and its right-hand spacemark.
    2) Gently pull away backing sheet.
    3) Position the second letter by butting its left-hand spacemark to the spacemark already transferred.
    4) Then transfer the second letter with its right-hand spacemark.

    Continue in this way until your word is complete. It is not necessary to transfer the left-hand spacemarks.

    To remove the spacemarks use a rubber cement pick-up, a soft eraser or piece of adhesive tape.

    Notes: A few letters when using the Spacematic system will overlap (e.g. TT LS). When this happens simply move the sheet slightly to the right to leave a hair line of space between the letters.

    Under some lower case letters with descenders (e.g. j p y) the spacemarks are positioned lower than normal. In this case spacemarks should be aligned visually and not butted.

    On some sheets containing small point sizes the two Spacematic marks are replaced by single longer spacemarks. In such cases simply transfer the whole spacemark.