Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) Curriculum

Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV is one of the most popular materials to cut with a Silhouette cutting machine. As a beginner, I actually recommend it as one of the easiest materials to begin with. To help get you started with cutting HTV on your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait, we’ve pulled together several Silhouette tutorial videos that we recommend you watch in the order below. This HTV curriculum is not intended to be all encompassing, but it will definitely give you a solid start and help you build on your skills as you move through the progressive vinyl curriculum.



Learn all the basics of cutting heat transfer vinyl with Silhouette in this beginner HTV video tutorial. This video covers everything from how to set up your design in Silhouette Studio to making your first cut to weeding and applying HTV.


using an iron to apply heat transfer vinyl (Htv)

In this video we cover, in detail, how to apply HTV with a home iron. We’ll discuss the importance of the right combination of pressure, heat, and time to get a successful end result when applying heat transfer vinyl with an iron.


how and why to use pressing pillows

Learn the importance of pressing pillows when applying heat transfer vinyl and why they’re such an important tool in all HTV projects. This video walks you through how and when to use pressing pillows to get the best long lasting and professional results with HTV.


introduction to heat press

A heat press can change your crafting, productivity, and results. It can also be extremely overwhelming at first. The machine, however is actually quite simple to use. While all heat presses are slightly different, they all work and operate in generally the same way. In this video, we’ll discuss how to use a heat press to take the intimidation factor out of it and also give you tips for getting the best results with your HTV projects.


introduction to heat press

Once you’ve mastered cutting and applying single color heat transfers, you can move on to multi color HTV projects. These “layered” HTV designs need to be cut and applied in a very specific way. In this video, I’ll take you step by step from setting up the design in Silhouette Studio to cutting and applying a multi-color layered heat transfer.

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