Create Custom Everyday Workwear with DTF Heat Transfers

Create Custom Everyday Workwear with DTF Heat Transfers

Create Custom Everyday Workwear Apparel with DTF Heat Transfers

Hey there! Today, we're diving into the world of DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing, specifically focusing on how to create custom everyday workwear using DTF heat transfers. If you're in the DTF business or looking to personalize T-shirts and workwear, this guide is perfect for you. We'll be using the popular Dickies JT15 Eisenhower Insulated Jacket, a favorite among mechanics, to demonstrate the process.

Why Choose DTF Printing?

DTF printing, or Direct-to-Film printing, is a game-changer in the custom apparel industry. Unlike traditional screen printing, which can be challenging and costly due to the need for special equipment and handling of seams and zippers, DTF heat transfers offer a simpler, more cost-effective solution. With DTF, you can achieve high-quality, durable prints that are vibrant and soft to the touch.

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, let's gather the necessary tools and materials:

  • Heat Press: Essential for applying the DTF transfer.
  • Heat Press Pillow: Helps ensure even pressure on the garment.
  • Parchment Paper: Protects the transfer during pressing.
  • Alignment Tool: Ensures precise placement of the transfer.
  • DTF Transfer: Your custom design printed on a special film.
  • Dickies JT15 Eisenhower Insulated Jacket: Our garment of choice.

Step-by-Step Guide to DTF Heat Transfer

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace

Ensure your heat press is clean and in good working condition. Set the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and the timer to 10 seconds. Place the heat press pillow on the section of the jacket where you’ll be applying the transfer.

Step 2: Align the Transfer

Using the alignment tool, position the transfer three inches down from the top and centered four inches across. This standard placement ensures a professional look.

Step 3: Apply the Transfer

Place the parchment paper over the transfer to protect it. With the heat press set to medium-high pressure, press the transfer for 10 seconds. After pressing, rub the transfer down to ensure it adheres well.

Step 4: Cool and Re-Press

Remove the jacket from the heat press and allow it to cool down. Once cooled, carefully peel off the transfer film. Reapply the heat press pillow and press the jacket again for another 10 seconds to ensure the transfer is fully set.

The Final Result

After the final press, you'll notice the transfer is bright, vibrant, and super soft to the touch. Unlike screen printing, which can leave a noticeable texture, DTF transfers blend seamlessly with the fabric, providing a smooth finish that can outlast the garment itself.

FAQS: Things to Know More About DTF Transfer

What is Direct-to-Film Printing?

Direct-to-Film (DTF) printing is a digital printing method where designs are printed onto a special film and then transferred to fabric using heat and pressure. Unlike traditional methods like screen printing, DTF doesn't require making separate screens for each color. The process involves printing the design in reverse onto a PET film using special DTF inks, coating it with a powder adhesive, curing the adhesive, and finally transferring the design onto the garment using a heat press. This method is versatile, allowing for high-quality, durable prints on various fabrics, including cotton, polyester, and blends.

What are the Benefits of DTF Transfers?

DTF transfers offer several benefits:

  1. Versatility: Suitable for various fabric types and colors.
  2. Durability: Provides high wash resistance and long-lasting prints.
  3. Detail and Color Quality: Capable of producing detailed and vibrant images.
  4. No Pretreatment Required: Unlike Direct-to-Garment (DTG), no pretreatment of the fabric is necessary.
  5. Cost-Effective for Small Runs: Ideal for short runs and custom designs, reducing setup costs associated with screen printing.
  6. Ease of Use: The process is relatively straightforward and can be done with minimal equipment and training.

How do I create Direct to Film Custom Transfers

Creating custom DTF transfers involves several steps:

  1. Design Preparation: Create your design using graphic design software, ensuring it is in the correct format (usually PNG or TIFF).
  2. Printing: Print the design in reverse onto a DTF film using a DTF printer and specialized inks.
  3. Adhesive Application: Apply a powder adhesive to the wet ink on the film.
  4. Curing: Cure the adhesive by placing the film in a curing oven or using a heat press for a short period.
  5. Transfer: Position the film on the fabric and use a heat press to transfer the design onto the garment.
  6. Peeling: Allow the garment to cool slightly before peeling off the film to reveal the design.

What's the Importance of Having Your Own DTF Printer

Having your own DTF printer offers significant advantages:

  1. Control and Flexibility: Allows for on-demand production and customization without relying on third-party services.
  2. Cost Savings: Reduces costs associated with outsourcing printing jobs, especially for small orders or custom designs.
  3. Quality Assurance: Ensures consistent quality and the ability to experiment with different materials and techniques.
  4. Faster Turnaround: Speeds up the production process, enabling quicker response to customer demands and trends.
  5. Innovation: Facilitates the creation of unique and intricate designs, enhancing product offerings and competitiveness in the market.
  6. Scalability: Supports business growth by allowing for gradual scaling of production capabilities.


DTF printing is an excellent choice for customizing workwear and T-shirts, offering a durable, high-quality finish with minimal setup and cost. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the DTF business, this method is sure to enhance your product offerings and delight your customers.

Stay tuned for more how-to videos and tips on DTF printing. Don't forget to hit the like button and subscribe for more content!

Happy printing!

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