What is DTF Printing?


Direct to film Printing (DTF) is a unique printing technique that involves printing designs onto special films for transfer onto garments. DTF printing is a heat transfer process that has the ability to last as long as traditional silkscreen prints.

If you’ve ever wondered how direct to film printing works, then this article is for you. It answers five questions about the technology that every designer should know.

1. You Need To Have A Quality DTF Printing Machine

You’re probably already aware that the quality of your work is only as good as the quality of your printers and inks. This is even more true when it comes to DTF printing. Quality Matters in DTF Printing. In order to produce a quality print, it is important to use a high-quality printer and heat press. A poor-quality printer may create ripples or creases in the graphics that are transferred onto your garment.

Inks are the secret to high-quality DTF printing. We recommend you choose inks that are designed specifically for DTF printing, and which come from a US manufacturer with rigorous quality assurance. High-quality dtf ink prevents printhead clogging.

2. Not All PET Films Are Capable Of Handling

The DTF process is perfect for printing on clothing, but only when you use the proper film. To get the best results and avoid ruining your garments, consider using two-sided cold peel films. Two-sided cold peel film is specially treated to deliver the most consistent and reliable results, especially when paired with a top-of-the-line DTF printer.

Heat Press Transfer Paper is a specialty paper that withstands high temperatures and pressure to transfer images onto your favorite t-shirts, mugs, or other apparel. Heat Press Transfer Paper is available in rolls or as cut sheets for small businesses.

3. Choose Hot Melt Powder Wisely

Printing on cold peel film does not transfer directly to the textile, you must use an adhesive to help the image adhere to the fabric. At shenlandigital.com, we offer a unique adhesive for DTF printing that is durable enough to withstand 45 handpieces of washing while maintaining the soft feel of the transfer. There is no odor, and excess can be stored and reused.

4. With DTF Technology, Fabrics Do Not Need To Be Pre-Treated

One of the many advantages of DTF printing is that the garment does not require any pre-treatment to receive the transfer. This can simplify your operation and potentially reduce your costs. Overall, the DTF printing process is faster and requires less labor than DTG printing.

5. DTF Printing Offers Greater Versatility

When printing directly on textiles, your options are limited. DTF gives you more flexibility because you can print on a variety of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, leather, and more.

Learn more about DTF technology

If you would like to learn more about DTF technology, Deep Blue Digital is ready to help. We would be happy to be able to help you understand if it is right for your printing business and the benefits of using this technology. Please contact our printing experts by email at info@shenlandigital.com or browse our DTF printing product selection on our website.


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