FAQ - DTF & Sublimation transfers

 DTF (direct to film) transfers are full colour and perfect for all colour textiles (cotton, nylon, treated leather, polyester, 50/50 blends, etc). And...while DTF can successfully be applied to different types of surfaces including luggage, shoes, glass, wood and metal, your mileage may vary and it can be quite a learning curve. Please be advised that this will take trial and error, and these transfers may not have the same durability here versus on apparel. 

Direct to film transfers wash well, and are flexible – meaning they are very unlikely to crack or peel when adhered correctly, making them great for heavily worn apparel. Plus, there is no cutting or weeding, making life very simple. Simply press and enjoy! 

DTF transfers can require some testing to see what works best for your particular heat press. We have had great luck with *our* heat press with by pressing for 15 seconds to get the excess moisture out and let the garment cool. Place the transfer and press at 300f for 15 seconds with medium-firm pressure. If you are using a pressing/teflon pillow, increase your pressure to firm. Remove from the heat press to let it cool and peel warm or cool. Return the garment to the press and cover with a teflon sheet or parchment paper for and press again for another 10 seconds. Be careful *not* to scorch. Doing some test garments is recommended. *Please note: If the image does not come off completely, repress with the image in place, let it cool, and repeel the film.

When washing: Turn the garment inside out. Machine wash cold. No bleach. No softener. Do not dry clean or iron. Tumble dry low.

Sizing is approximate, and purchasing a 6" transfer means its approximately 6" at the longest side. Sometimes that means the transfer will be 6" x 6", and sometimes that means it will be 6" x 3" - this simply depends on the design. 

Please measure your item and purchase the appropriate sizing.

Please be advised: sublimation dye only adheres to polyester fibers in material or to sublimation specific substrates that are coated with a polyester coating. If you choose a garment/fabric that has less than 100% polyester fiber content, the dye will wash out of the non-polyester fibers.

Also, sublimation does not use white ink, therefore any white in the design will be the colour of your item. If you are pressing onto a baby blue tumbler, anything white on the design will appear baby blue.

A *heat press* is required for sublimation transfers. I have heard mixed reviews on DTF but have zero personal experience there. Please be reminded, an Easy Press by Cricut is not a heat press.   

When heat pressing apparel/garments, put a sheet of paper, butcher paper or cardboard inside the shirt so that the ink does not transfer to the back of the shirt. Heat tape is recommended to be used to secure the design in the allotted location to prevent slipping of the transfer, which will cause your design to ghost. 

Heat pressing times and temps can vary depending on what you are pressing and your physical heat press. We successfully press apparel with a 5 second warm up press (which helps remove any moisture from the textile), place the graphic and tape into place, and press at 405f for 65 seconds with medium pressure. This is a guide and not guaranteed to work. Pressing sublimation transfers can be a learning curve. I always recommend having a scrap garment (an XL shirt works great) and purchasing a few extra (but small) transfers to practice with to dial in your settings. While we do send a "tester in every order, sometimes a single tester is not enough to dial in your settings.  

For tumblers, mugs and other hard goods, pressing times and temps will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Please check with them to determine what settings to use. 

Bright Swan is not responsible for practice presses, user or equipment errors.