As its very name suggests, the Direct To Film (DTF) printing process is as straightforward as its name indicates: one prints an image on a film and then transfers via a heat press to a fabric. There are numerous advantages of DTF over Direct to Garment (DTG) printing.
- DTF allows almost unlimited fabric choices.
- DTF requires no pre-treatment steps.
- DTF provides the craftsperson the ability to produce approximately 4 times the output in the same workspace, when compared to DTG, because the printing process is faster, due to the absence of a pre-treatment step.
- DTF is a quick and simple to use, thus not requiring highly skilled operators.
- DTF results in low-output costs.
- DTF prints result in sharper detail than DTG prints because the images are printed to a film instead of a fabric.
- DTF printing is faster than DTG printing when doing multiple prints. Most DTF printers can produce approximately 300 12”x12” images per hour compared to 20-60 per hour with a DTG printer.
- DTF prints can usually allow stretching better than DTG and/or screen prints without cracking or separating.