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4 Things to Know About DTF Technology

Oct. 09, 2022

Direct to film printing is a unique printing technology 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. Below, we discuss four things you should know about DTF technology before implementing it in your business.

4 Things to Know About DTF Technology


1. Quality Equipment Is Essential

If you own a printing business, you already know 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. Like other heat transfer processes, it’s critical that you invest in a quality printer and heat press for optimal results.

High quality inks are also needed to ensure that the printhead won’t clog. We recommend inks that are formulated exclusively for DTF printing.


2. Not All PET Films Will Cut It

DTF printing requires PET film, but that doesn’t mean every type of PET film is a fit for the DTF process. For best results, choose printable two-sided cold peel film. Lower quality untreated films may be less expensive, but they simply don’t match the performance of two-sided cold peel film—they may smudge, not accept the adhesive, or ruin your garment. Cold peel film is specially treated to withstand the high temperatures and pressure of a heat press; it’s also compatible with all desktop and large format printers. This film can be purchased as a cut sheet or in rolls for larger operations.


3. Fabric Doesn't Require Pre-Treatment with DTF Technology

One of the many advantages of DTF printing is that garments do not require any pre-treating in order to accept a transfer. This can streamline your operations and potentially lower your costs. Overall, the DTF printing process is quicker and requires less labor than DTG printing.


4. DTF Printing Offers Greater Versatility

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


Learn More About DTF Technology

Contact our printing experts today or browse our selection of DTF printing products on our website.