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Mastering Hot Pressing for T-Shirt Marking

Mastering Hot Pressing for T-Shirt Marking


Heat pressing is a crucial step in t-shirt branding, especially for transfer techniques such as DTF, four-color transfer, and screen transfer. Understanding and mastering this process is essential to achieving high-quality results. This article walks you through the key steps and best practices for heat pressing.

The Fundamentals of Hot Pressing

Preparing the T-Shirt

Before pressing:

  • Choice of textile : Make sure the fabric is suitable for the transfer method chosen.
  • Cleaning : A clean and dry t-shirt guarantees better adhesion of the transfer.
heat press with tshirt marked in DTFMan pressing a t-shirt with a heat press

Heat Press Settings

  • Temperature : Each transfer technique has an optimal temperature. For example, for our DTFs we suggest pressing at 130°C. Discover all our installation conditions for DTF.
  • Pressure : Even and adequate pressure is crucial. Too much pressure can damage the fabric or transfer, while too little pressure can result in poor adhesion.
  • Pressing time : Varies depending on method and fabric type. Typically this can last 10 to 30 seconds.

Pressing Process

  1. Positioning the transfer : Place the transfer correctly on the t-shirt.
  2. Transfer Protection : Use a Teflon protection sheet to prevent ink from transferring to the press.
  3. Pressing : Close the press and wait the required time.
  4. Removal : Open the press and remove the backing paper. Depending on the method, the transfer can be removed hot or after cooling.
  5. 2nd press : In DTF we recommend doing a second press for better durability of the marking.

Tips for Optimal Results

  • Always test : Experiment with fabric scraps to adjust settings.
  • Temperature Monitoring : Use an infrared thermometer to verify that the press temperature is correct.
  • Press Maintenance : Keep the press clean and in good condition to ensure uniform pressure.


Heat pressing is as much an art as it is a science. By respecting these fundamental principles, you will optimize the quality of your markings on t-shirts, whatever the transfer techniques used. The key is to understand the specifics of your material and transfer method to achieve professional results.

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