Custom DTF Transfer Prints

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Custom DTF Transfer - samples 11
DTF Heat Press 2
Custom DTF Transfer - samples 11
Have a heat press?
DTF - Direct to Film
(a.k.a. Digital Transfer Film)
FULL  COLOR
High Quality
You Design
EITHER:
1) Upload your artwork through our Zwik Designer tool’s “images” tab, or create/edit your artwork directly in Zwik Designer. Select product to start.
2) Email your artwork to [email protected].
We Print

We produce your professional quality custom DTF heat transfers using the highest quality inks, adhesive coatings, and PET film.

You Press

Use a commercial heat press to DIY heat transfer the DTF film onto your apparel.

Custom DTF Transfer Products

No Minimum Order
Excellent Color, Stretchability, Durability & Feel
REQUIRES COMMERCIAL HEAT PRESS

General

NO MINIMUM ORDER
Up to ADDITIONAL 40% OFF  
  • Small: print area: 8.0″ x 8.7″  
  • Medium: print area: 11.5″ x 13.5″  
  • Large: print area: 12.7″ x 16″  
  • Extra Large: print area: 16″ x 19″        

Shipping/Handling

  • FREE SHIPPING for orders over $150.
  • $12.45 flat rate per order for S/H, USPS Priority.
  • Pickups may also incur a pickup/handling fee.

Blind Shipping

We can blind drop ship directly to your DTF customers upon request. Our identifying names and logos are removed from packaging, address label, and no packing list is included.

Turnaround Time (TAT)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a planned temporary partial shutdown, we will not be shipping new orders until Dec. 15th.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • AVERAGE TAT is 3-5 business days (noon CST order cutoff).
  • Turnaround times fluctuate with our workload. Please allow up to 10 business days for orders to ship irrespective of averages
  • If you are operating with a deadline, shorter delivery time commitments may be available upon request.

DTF Heat Press Instructions

COMMERCIAL HEAT PRESS REQUIRED

Following are fairly standard DTF heat press directions, or you can follow your own tested procedures with which you are comfortable.  Within the industry you can find minor variations in published DTF heat press instructions, even when using similar DTF materials.

Results may vary given specific fabrics, equipment idiosyncrasies, and the amount of ink coverage and fine detail of your designs.  Adjustments to your procedures may be warranted with changes in these factors to optimize for best results.

1.  Preheat Press

    • 100% cotton and most blends: 305(F) degrees
    • 100% polyester: 280(F) degrees
    • Heat sensitive fabrics: Adjust accordingly

2.  Pre-press Fabric

    • Pre-press material for 5 seconds to remove moisture.

3.  Press Transfer

    • Align the transfer where you want it.
    • Use Teflon cover sheet.
    • Time & Pressure
      ▪ 100% cotton and most blends: press with HEAVY for 12-15 seconds.
      ▪ 100% polyester and other heat sensitive fabrics: press with MEDIUM pressure for 12 seconds.

4.  Let Transfer Cool

  • Let the DTF transfer cool, then peel film back (not up) in a single, smooth motion.
  • If small details attempt to lift with peel because still too hot, you may need to press shorter, add pressure, and/or let cool longer.
  • Or, if not sticking well enough in the first place, you may need to press longer and/or add pressure.
  • It may be trial and error adjustments for best results.
5.  Second Press is Recommended
  • Benefits are softer hand feel, improved durability, and will remediate any visible adhesive residue that may occasionally remain on fabric after first press.
  • To a small degree, second press will mute vivid color.
  • Cover with Teflon sheet (textured Teflon for best results) and press the second time for 10-12 seconds.

Wait 24 hours before stretching or washing.

Compatible Fabrics

DTF custom transfers work great on a wide variety of substrates including cotton, polyester, blends, silk, nylon, rayon, treated leather, dark and light fabrics.

Gang Sheets

We accept gang sheets you create, no additional charge.

    • Make your own gang sheet file. 
    • We may gang together images by your request (may be subject to additional fee).
    • We do not cut and trim apart (except to fit shipping package).

Color Matching

Color matching of transfer colors to artwork colors may not be exact for a variety of reasons.

Artwork Preparation

You:

    • Specify desired print size (in “Order notes” at purchase checkout, or by email).  If not specified, we will assume to enlarge to the maximum print size purchased. You can print to the edges of specified size.
    • Submit artwork as you want it printed, or provide explicit request for changes.
    • Do NOT mirror the image for printing, we automatically do that.  If your artwork is already mirrored, let us know so we print correctly.
    • 300ppi image resolution recommended at full enlarged print size, for highest quality results. 200ppi for usually good to OK results.  Quality results below 200ppi  resolution is AT YOUR RISK (results dependant ON SPECIFIC ARTWORK detail and colors).
    • Preferred file formats: PNG, and SVG.  Can also use others, such as JPG, JPEG, and PDF if no transparent areas. Please ASK if questions. 
    • Set background to transparent if you want it transparent (use file format that allows), or assume background will be printed as is.  Background removal service available for $20. 
    • Replace transparent colors to be printed with spot colors (full opacity). Transparent colors will not come out do not print well in DTF.
    • For softer hand feel, avoid large solid areas in design, knockout design colors same as shirt background color, or halftone. 

We:

    • We print the artwork as submitted unless otherwise instructed. 
    • We print file as size specified, or if not specified, the maximum size for for the purchased item (at 300dpi minimum).
    • We mirror the image for proper printing on a transfer (Notify us if it is already mirrored).
    • We use top quality inks, adhesive, and PET film in our transfers.

How To Transmit Artwork

Two options to send your artwork.
SELECT THE RESPECTIVE BUTTON WHEN PURCHASING ITEM FROM DESCRIPTION.

   1. Use Zwik Designer Online

CREATE or UPLOAD your files in Zwik Designer. Click the “Customize” button from within the specific item listing to use our free online Zwik Designer tool to submit artwork for your DTF custom transfers.
 

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Zwik Designer

    • Upload your artwork through the “images” tab in Zwik Designer, or use the tool to create and edit a new design, or email us your artwork.
    • Choose from a huge library of editable templates, images and artwork as a starting point or as finished designs.
    • Zwik Designer has many great powerful features and is easy to use.

   2. Use Email

Email your graphic file(s) to [email protected].

Artwork Services

Limited artwork services available from human starting at $20.
    • background removal (to transparency)
    • simple color change
    • text layout, font selection
    • add simple design element (clipart)
    • cleanup rough bitmap edges
    • vectorize

Quality Guarantee

We guarantee the quality of our DTF prints.  Refunds will not be granted as a result of  low quality artwork submitted by buyer.   Please ask any questions regarding original artwork ahead of ordering.

Storing Transfer Sheets

Store your DTF transfers in a plastic bag in a cool dry place, and they will keep for years.

Color Matching

Color matching of transfer colors to artwork colors may not be exact for a variety of reasons.