DTF & UVDTF Printing
All about the transfers
What is DTF Printing?
Direct to Film (DTF) printing is a relatively new method in the world of textile and apparel printing. It’s similar in some ways to Direct to Garment (DTG) printing but has some unique characteristics and advantages. DTF printing involves printing a design directly onto a special film that is then transferred onto a garment or textile.
Here’s how DTF printing typically works:
Design Preparation: The first step in DTF printing is creating or preparing the design that you want to print on the garment. This design is usually created digitally using graphic design software.
Film Printing: Instead of printing the design directly onto the fabric, in DTF printing, the design is printed onto a special transfer film using a DTF printer. The ink used in DTF printing is often a special water-based ink formulated for adhesion to the film.
Heat Transfer: After the design is printed onto the film, it is carefully placed on the textile or garment where you want the design to appear.
Heat Pressing: A heat press machine is used to apply heat and pressure to the film. The heat activates the ink and adheres it to the fabric, transferring the design from the film to the textile.
Peeling: Once the heat transfer process is complete and the ink has adhered to the fabric, the film is peeled away, leaving the printed design on the textile.
Advantages of DTF Printing:
Vibrant and high-quality prints with fine details and color accuracy.
It can be used on a variety of textiles, including cotton, polyester, and blends.
DTF printing is versatile and works well for both light and dark-colored fabrics.
It can handle complex and intricate designs with ease.
Keep in mind that the quality and durability of DTF prints can vary based on the printer, ink, and film used, so it’s essential to choose high-quality materials and equipment for the best results. DTF printing is gaining popularity for its ability to produce vibrant and detailed prints on textiles and apparel.
What is UVDTF Printing?
UVDTF works on the same principal of DTF, but instead of transferring onto a garment using a heatpress, the UVDTF transfer comprises 2 layers of film and is used to brand hard surfaces. The first layer of film is peeled off and the print is applied to the item to be branded (like a sticker). The top layer of film is then removed, leaving only the ink on the surface. UVDTF works great for branding in full colour on items such as mugs, glasses, water bottles, pens, corporate gifts, etc.
UVDTF adheres to almost any hard surface, even cell phone covers. If you’re unsure, please give us a call and we’d be happy to advise further.