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What Impacts DTF Printing Quality the Most?

Oct. 10, 2022

As many people who dove into the world of DTG printing realized, it’s not as easy as it seems to get picture-perfect results. Let’s review the biggest things to look out for if you are considering buying or printing your own DTF transfers.

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1. Artwork Prep and Color Matching:

Getting the artwork right is the most important step in any type of printing process, but especially for DTF transfers. You need the right software and extensive knowledge in how to prep the artwork for best possible results. This is especially true if you intend to produce the same colors for repeat orders and Pantone color matching. Keep in mind that some DTF printing machines come with lower-quality RIP software, which offer no way to do color management. Make sure your RIP software is powerful enough to provide the color correction and matching your customers will demand.


2. Quality of Components:

The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” is often used when it comes to artwork; the same holds true for each element involved in the making of a DTF transfer. You have many choices when it comes to PET films, powder adhesives, and inks. Finding the right combination of film, ink, and powder adhesive is key to the success of your DTF transfer.


3. Quality of Equipment Used:

In addition to quality ingredients, you will also find huge quality differences in the equipment needed to produce DTF transfers. As mentioned, we are seeing some manufacturers offer conversion options. Early adopters of DTF technology will be the first to recognize the importance of high-quality equipment, especially as it relates to consistency of the final product. Having each step in the DTF process controlled with accuracy is important to finished results. For example, registration is crucial, especially when dealing with multiple print heads, because you have to precisely register the white layer.


4. Additional Factors:

There are numerous other factors that play a role in determining the quality of a DTF transfer. You will most likely require a climate-controlled with a specific amount of humidity. Static and humidity levels directly impact quality of your printing. Non-controlled environments heighten the risk of head clogs and inconsistencies in the printing. Control your production environment to ensure consistent, quality results. Proper powder application and curing are key to a successful DTF transfer.


Once a customer sees a properly manufactured and applied DTF transfer, they will be impressed. DTF transfers can be a gateway to expanding your business and saying yes to more orders. However, before you jump into manufacturing them on your own, you may want to try using a professional DTF transfer service provider. As the technology develops there will surely be refined workflows and systems to make it easier for businesses of all sizes and skill.