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Why Direct to Film Printing is a Great Addition to your Business

Paul Boody

If your business was built on Direct to Garment (DTG) printing, it may be time to consider the opportunities that Direct to Film (DTF) can offer. While DTG offers vibrant, full size prints, DTF offers that and more.

What is DTF?

Direct to film printing involves pressing a special transfer film containing the design on any product you'd like. With very little equipment required, such as TPU powder and a means to melt it into the film

No Pretreatment Necessary

DTG requires a pretreatment process and drying time. Direct to film printing uses a hot melt powder on the transfers to bond the design directly to the material, eliminating the need for pre- and post-treatment. 

Minimize white ink usage

White ink, which can be expensive, is essential in DTF and DTG. Minimizing the use of white ink will save you money and time spent on new cartridges. DTF printing requires minimal white ink at only 40 percent, which is less than the 200 percent required for DTG.

Create durable prints

DTG prints provide a barely-there, soft feel as the ink is applied directly to the garment. DTF may not have the same feel, but it creates more durable prints in terms of staying power and durability in washes. 

Easy to apply

Printing on film allows for your designs to be flexible on garments. This means you can apply the designs on hard to reach areas as long as the area accommodates a DTF print.

Faster production

The process does not require a pre-treatment process, allowing you to reduce production time. It is suitable for small-volume and one-off orders.


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