Strategies for Softer Prints and Effective Black Knockout Application

Avoid Thick Prints on T-Shirt w/ Large Designs by Applying Black Knockout on DTF Heat Transfers

Sometimes, creating a masterpiece on a T-shirt is as challenging as painting the Mona Lisa - every detail matters. One common challenge that print shop owners and aspiring clothing brand owners face is achieving a perfect print which is neither too thick nor too light. That's what we'll be guiding you through in this article. Specifically, you'll learn how to avoid thick prints and apply black knockout on Direct to Film (DTF) heat transfers. So, buckle up as we glide through this transformative journey.

Perfecting Your Craft: The Tutorial

For the uninitiated, DTF Transfers are a revolution in printing technology. They allow you to print full-colour images with a single pass on a wide range of materials. This technology is a boon for businesses looking to scale up their operations or those looking to start a new venture.

Avoiding Thick Prints

One of the most common blunders in the t-shirt printing business is ending up with a thick layer of ink on the design. Thick prints not only look unattractive, but they also feel heavy on the t-shirt, making it uncomfortable for the wearer. So, how do we avoid that?

  1. Correct Pressure: Apply the right amount of pressure with the heat press. Remember, too much pressure can squeeze the ink out, creating a thicker print. The recommended heat press temperature setting is 300 degrees for 7 seconds with heavy pressure.

  2. Quality of Ink: The quality of ink is equally important. Premium inks yield more vibrant colors and smoother finishes.

Order a free sample today to see the difference a high-quality ink can make.

  1. Heat Press Pillows: Using heat press pillows can help distribute the pressure evenly and avoid thick prints. Check out these Premium Heat Press Pillows for best results.

Achieving Softer, More Stretchy Prints with Less Ink

Creating soft and stretchy prints without sacrificing the vibrancy and detail of your design can seem like a daunting task. However, with the right approach and tools, you can achieve this with less ink.

  1. Use a High-Quality DTF Printer: Good quality printers ensure precision and help you achieve finer details with less ink.

  2. Proper Heat Transfer Techniques: Proper heat transfer techniques can also help in achieving more stretch in the prints. Check out this tutorial for a step-by-step guide on How To Press DTF Transfers on T-Shirts.

  3. Ink Quantity: Ensure that you only use the amount of ink needed. Excessive ink can make the print stiff and bulky.

Applying Black Knockout on DTF Heat Transfers

Black knockout is a technique used to improve the look and feel of your t-shirt designs by knocking out (or removing) the black areas of a design when printing. Here's how to do it:

  1. Design the Artwork: Start by designing your artwork on a digital platform like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

  2. Knockout the Black Areas: Once you have the artwork ready, the next step is to knockout or remove the black areas of the design.

  3. Prepare for Printing: Load the artwork into the DTF printer software.

  1. Print and Press: Now, print the design using your DTF printer and heat press it on your t-shirt.


Embarking on the journey of t-shirt printing may seem daunting, but with the right level of dedication and the correct tools, anyone can become a printing superstar. Remember, every master was once a beginner. So why wait?

Start experimenting with these techniques, and don't forget to order your free sample to get started on your printing adventure. And if you're interested in finding out more about DTF technology or getting regular updates on industry trends, don't hesitate to sign up for our newsletter or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Are you ready to shine like a superstar?

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