DTF Print Transfer onto a T-shirt

Once you receive the DTF print ready for transfer, the process of transferring it onto fabric is as follows:

1. Clean the transfer area on the fabric using a lint roller. The transfer area must be free from any dirt, threads, dust, etc.
2. Place the T-shirt under the heat press and close it for about 5 seconds at a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius to iron out any wrinkles. You can skip this step if the T-shirt is already smooth.
3. Position our print with the white side facing down onto the fabric in your chosen location. Be careful to ensure there are no wrinkles on the fabric.
4. Ensure that the heat press is properly heated and has an even temperature across the entire heating surface. You can use a non-contact thermometer or a thermal imaging camera for this purpose. It's crucial that the heat press doesn't have hot spots. A low-quality heat press that doesn't distribute heat properly or doesn't evenly press the T-shirt across the entire surface may ruin the transfer (which may become apparent after the first wash).
5. Close the heat transfer press with a firm pressure. Set the temperature to 160 degrees Celsius and the heating time to 10-15 seconds.
6. After opening the press, remove the T-shirt and let the print cool for about 30 seconds.
7. After 30 seconds, when the T-shirt has cooled, remove the heat transfer film. This can be done with either a quick or slow movement.
8. After removing the film, place the T-shirt back on the press table and place a teflon sheet or baking paper over the print. Close the press with a firm pressure for about 5 seconds. This is to fix the print and remove any adhesive residue.
9. After opening the press, remove the protective sheet and the T-shirt. The T-shirt is now ready to wear.

How to Store DTF Transfers?

How should DTF prints on film be stored before being transferred onto fabric?
Storing DTF prints on film is important to maintain their high quality and durability. Here are a few tips to keep them in the best condition:

1. Temperature - DTF prints are best stored in a place with a constant room temperature.
2. Humidity - Avoid storing DTF prints in areas with high humidity. Excessive moisture can lead to damage to the prints.
3. Protection from Sunlight - Direct sunlight exposure can activate the adhesive and deteriorate the print quality. Therefore, store prints in a place protected from direct sunlight.
4. Dust Protection - Ensure that the storage environment for DTF prints is free from dust and other contaminants. Avoid stacking prints on top of each other or storing them near sources of dust.
5. Flat Storage - It's best to store DTF prints flat to prevent deformation, wrinkles, or damage to the edges.

See also how we make DTF prints: What is DTF?