Direct to Film (DTF) Pressing Instructions

How to apply Direct to Film DTF Prints to a garment

To ensure your Direct to Film prints adhere to the garment properly, please follow these instructions.

What you will need:

  1. Heat Press (Not iron). (Cricut Easy press will be ok, but you will need to apply a LOT of pressure.
  2. Baking Paper.
  3. Pressing Pillow
  4. Heat Tape.

If you have multiple designs on your sheet, cut the desired image from the combined sheet.

It is always preferred to use a pressing pillow. A pressing pillow raises the garment surface above the height of collars, pockets, seams etc. and ensures full pressure is applied to the garment and print, ensuring that the print adheres to the garment properly.

Place the pressing pillow in between the two layers of the garment, ensuring that only the surface that the print is being pressed onto is raised, collars and seams should be off the surface of the pressing pillow.

Align your image and tape to the garment.

Have your press set to 150-155c and press at high pressure for 15 seconds +/- 2 seconds for cotton.

Allow the film and garment to return to room temperature (cold peel) then remove the film in a constant speed.

Place baking paper over the garment and press again for 5 seconds at 150-155c with high pressure. The purpose of this is to:

  1. Remove any fine specs of powder that have adhered to the film.
  2. Embed the Direct to Film transfer into the fibres of the garment.

Your garment is finished.


Have your press set to 130-135c and press at high pressure for 10 seconds +/- 2 seconds for polyester. (Hint:  Test your heat on polyester first - inside of garment/shirt/item).

For a polyester / spandex mix fabric - this will melt on direct pressing we use a pressing cloth - it will reduce the temperature down but stop any scorching - Click Here for more information - and order yours today.   It will allow pressing on all finicky fabrics without leaving marks on your shirts & clothing.

This is a guide and a lot of heat presses have varying temperatures and results. Please work out the most efficient and best process to suit YOUR heat press and trial your prints and transfer process.