“Direct to Film”, aka DTF, refers to a digital printing technique used in the printing industry. This method allows designs, patterns, or images to be printed directly onto film and then pressed onto the garment, typically using specialized printers, films and inks. It offers several advantages compared to traditional textile printing methods, such as screen printing or heat transfer. Here are some key features and benefits of Direct to Film printing:
- High Precision: Direct to Film printing allows for intricate and highly detailed designs to be printed on textiles with precision. This is particularly useful for custom, complex and high colour patterns/prints.
- Vibrant Colours: It enables the use of a wide range of colours, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting prints on the fabric.
- Reduced Waste: This method is more eco-friendly compared to some traditional printing techniques, as it often generates less waste and uses fewer chemicals in the process.
- Quick Turnaround: Direct to Film printing can offer a faster turnaround time as it doesn’t require the creation of printing screens or other setup processes that traditional methods often do. Thus cutting down on costs.
- Customization: It’s ideal for customization, allowing manufacturers or individuals to print unique designs or small batches of garments according to their specific requirements.
- Variety of Fabrics: Direct to Film printing can be used on a wide variety of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, silk, and more, making it versatile for different applications.
- Soft Hand Feel: The prints are typically soft to the touch and don’t have a heavy or rubbery texture, making them comfortable to wear or use in various applications like clothing, home textiles, and more.
- The prints are very durable and last for over 60 washed. Thet stretch with the fabric without cracking or peeling off.
- One can even iron over the print without it peeling.
This technology has been transformative in the printing industry, enabling more flexibility in design, reducing waste, and meeting the growing demand for personalized and custom textile products.