Direct To Film Heat Transfers

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About Direct To Film Heat transfers

Do you have a heat press or a Cricut heat press? Do you have an idea for full-color graphic that you want to put on a t-shirt or hoodie? We can print that graphic for you on release film. We can make just one or fifty.

Our process allows us to use super high-quality inks and release film to create amazing finished designs…all at an affordable price and ready for you to decorate your stuff.

FAQs for DTF

One of the best parts of Direct-to-Film printing is we can print all the colors at no additional cost. The way it works is a little like an inkjet printer; we can print the full spectrum of colors because the printer uses a CMYK ink system to print your designs. It really doesn’t matter if you want to use one color, two colors….or a hundred colors. The cost is the same no matter how complicated your color palate. 

We’ve printed designs ranging from bold and brash all the way to almost spiderweb-fine. Direct-to-Film allows us to create precise, fine, and well-defined lines and fields of color. That gives you an almost unlimited range of potential we know you’ll love.

Every job is unique, just like every one of your designs is unique. That makes it hard to give a standard answer on how long a job will take to complete. But, with that in mind, we aim to complete every job as quickly as possible. Direct-to-film printing is fast in our shop. We can offer same-day service on small orders. We will give you a good idea of how long your specific job will take when you order. 

One of the terrific aspects of using Direct-to-Film Release printing we can print just one item or we can print many items easily and at the same per-item cost. We have no minimum order requirement thanks to the power DTF printing. 

How to DTF

Direct-to-Film Printing Instructions

These are cold-peel release sheets, so the first pressing gets it on the shirt, and the second locks it in and melts away any residual powder that may be visible. For best results, use 100% Cotton or a majority cotton cotton-poly blend. If the piece of clothing is 100% polyester or a combination of synthetic fibers, you may need to lower the temperature to between 270-300°F and increase the dwell time to 30-35 seconds to minimize any scorching of your garment. You know your machine, so adjust it for the best performance based on your own experience working with different fibers.

We start at 290° at 35 seconds is what works best for our machine (Stahls Hotronix Fusion iQ) when printing on 100% synthetic fabric.

Step-By-Step

  1. Turn the press on and set the temperature to between 320-356°F at a medium pressure (40~50 PSI) for cotton.

  2. Press your garment for about 2-5 seconds, to flatten fibers, and remove moisture.

  3. Place your DTF Film on your heat press for 10-20 seconds.

  4. Remove your garment from the press. DO NOT REMOVE THE FILM.

  5. Let the film cool down for about 30 seconds (Cold-Peel Release).

  6. Remove the film. Note: If the ink pulls up, stop, and repress for 10 seconds.

  7. Return your item to the heat press, and cover it with a piece of parchment paper or a Teflon sheet.

  8. Press the artwork again for between 5-15 seconds, depending on the temperature your press at which it is set (higher temperature = less time), to finish the curing process.

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