DTF stands for Direct to Film. In this technique, your design is printed onto a special film using colored textile ink. The process includes white ink which allows for use on dark colored materials, unlike standard sublimation. Through a multi step heating process, the film design is transferred onto any garment including cotton, polyester and blends.
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We offer a range of DTF printers for all levels of creative business. We partner with Prestige, Roland, Uninet and Epson to offer the DTF experience.
The multi step process for printing and applying DTF film transfers is easy to learn and master.
Create and load your design in the RIP software. Make sure your settings are correct for the size and type of film you are using.
Print the design onto your PET film. The machine will print all colors, even white! Be careful not to smudge your print when removing it from the printer.
Spread the hot melt powder over your newly printed DTF film design. Make sure to evenly coat the design by shifting the powder back and forth across the image. This can also be done with an automated shaker. Shake off the excess.
Cure the design that has been coated with the hot melt powder in a curing oven, or by hovering the design under a heat press. Temperature and time frame for curing is specific to the manufacturer of the hot melt powder
** You may stop at this point. The DTF transfer does not need to be immediately pressed onto a garment. The transfer at this point can be stored or sold to be used later.
Pre-press your garment to remove any wrinkles or moisture from the item. This is essential as any wrinkles or moisture can affect the design when it is pressed.
Lay your garment onto your heat press and position your design in your desired location. Cover the film with a heat protectant sheet such as a Teflon Sheet. Press the design onto the shirt following manufacturer instructions.
Wait until the film is completely cold. As the hot melt cools down it binds the colored pigments with the fabric. Peel the film slowly, leaving your design behind!
Place your garment back onto your heat press. Cover with a T Seal finishing sheet and press per instructions to complete your project. This last step improves the washability of the design and increases the longevity.
Designing with a DTF printer provides a premium quality, long lasting product. Unlike other mediums, it is not limited to certain fabrics which allows a wide range of options.