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What the heck is DTF (Direct-To-Film) printing? - Sage Screenprinting

What the heck is DTF (Direct-To-Film) printing?

Direct-To-Film (DTF) printing has gained popularity as a method for creating shirt graphics. It involves transferring designs onto a film, which is then applied to the fabric. While DTF printing offers advantages, it also has drawbacks. In this brief blog post, we explore the pros and cons of using DTF for shirt graphics.

The Pros of DTF Printing:

  1. Excellent Print Resolution: DTF printing delivers high-resolution and detailed prints, perfect for intricate designs, gradients, and photos.

  2. Versatility across Fabrics: DTF works well with cotton, polyester, and blends, ensuring vibrant and durable graphics. 

  3. Cost-Effective for Small Orders: DTF eliminates setup costs, making it affordable for small-scale customization projects.

The Cons of DTF Printing:

    1. Limited Color Range: DTF printing may have challenges reproducing specific color shades and neon colors accurately.

    2. Durability Considerations: Over time, DTF prints may experience minor cracking or fading. Most prints will last an estimated 50-70 washes.

    3. Texture: DTF prints tend to have a very smooth, almost plastic feel and might be slightly stiff initially, but it will wear in after a few washes.

Conclusion: DTF printing offers excellent print resolution, fabric versatility, ease of application, and cost-effectiveness for small orders. However, there are limitations in color range, and durability. Understanding the pros and cons willyou decide if DTF printing aligns with your needs.

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