What is the difference between adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl (HTV)?

Adhesive vinyl, sometimes called pressure sensitive vinyl (PSV) or just vinyl has a paper backing that exposes the adhesive (glue) once removed (like a sticker) and is meant to be directly adhered to a surface like a cup, window, car, etc. HTV, sometimes called iron-on, does not have a paper backing and instead has an exposed adhesive that is activated by heat. HTV is typically applied to fabrics such as t-shirts.
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