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DTF printing (Direct to film printing)
We're specialists when it comes to DTF printing. We use the latest technology, right here in the UK, to deliver the best print quality and finish. Here are some of the reasons why you can trust us with your brand.
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What is DTF printing?
DTF, or direct to film, is a process that involves printing designs onto a specialised film using commercial print machines. These prints are then directly transferred onto the garment using a heat press, ensuring high precision and accurate replication of the original design on various fabric types.
The DTF printing process involves several steps. First, the design is printed on the film, with a white layer serving as the base and vibrant colours layered on top to achieve optimal vibrancy and accuracy. A powder is then applied to the printed film, acting as an adhesive during the transfer process. After a matter of seconds in a heat press, the film is firmly attached to the clothing. Once cooled, the film can be peeled off, leaving behind a flawless DTF application.
DTF Printing offers exceptional versatility, allowing printing on a wide range of fabrics. It addresses the challenges faced by alternative print methods when customising polyester garments, as it can deliver complex, high quality prints even on traditionally difficult materials. Furthermore, it's lightweight and soft to touch compared to alternative application methods and traditional transfers.
DTF printing is perfect for...
Very colourful designs
One off or small quantity orders
Merchandise and retail products
Logos designs with complex details
The benefits of DTF printing
We use some of the most advanced DTF print technology in Europe, ensuring high quality prints that stand the test of time. Other advantages include:
- Provides greater flexibility over colours and quantities
- Multiple colours can be used, without limitation
- Won’t crack or fade over time
- Quality results on light or dark fabric
- Works on sportswear and other challenging fabrics, removing traditional limitations.
The disadvantages of direct to garment printing
Like all decoration methods, DTF printing does have its disadvantages. They include:
- Not as economical on bulk order volumes
- Cannot Pantone match colours
- Fewer print location options
- Heavier than DTG printing
Unsure of which decoration method to choose? Don't worry, our experienced team will ensure you get the appropriate print method for your order.
Quality and feel of DTF printing
With DTF printing, you can expect a high-quality finish that’s soft to the touch compared to typical heat press transfer prints. This ensures a lighter weight feel which is perfect for sports products and mixed blend products where standard DTG printing isn't suitable.
Direct to film printing removes the design and colour restrictions typically associated with heat transfer printing. With DTF printing you can print complex designs like photographs, the process is also well suited for simple designs like logo's or text.
How much does it cost to DTF print? Is it expensive?
DTF printing is typically lower in price than traditional heat transfer printing, wholesale DTF printing prices for T-shirts can be as low as £5.20, with all production undertaken here in our UK printing facilities.
Products that can be DTF printed
DTF printing works best on polyester, recycled polyester and other synthetic materials.
We can DTF print onto a wide range of clothing items, however, our most popular products include the following:
Frequently asked questions about DTF printing
Our DTF prints should last as long as the garment itself if cared for appropriately. DTF prints are highly durable so they shouldn't fade or wash out, nor should they crack.
Is DTF printing good quality & durable?
The quality and durability are very much down to the machinery and inks used. When using a DTF printing company like us, you can expect retail level quality, with vibrant prints that are on par with (or better than) traditional print methods like screen printing. As a company that offers both DTF, DTG and screen printing, we say this from a completely unbiased perspective.
Products we can print with DTF printing
The most popular products for DTF printing are technical T-shirts, sportswear and workwear. This print method is perfect for products that have traditionally been hard to print due to their fabric composition.
We’ve got lots of other items that can be DTF printed, so if you’re unsure if your preferred product can be DTF printed, just let us know and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
DTF printing on black shirts
DTF printing onto black T-shirts or T-shirts of any other colour is no problem, as DTF is a transfer process, it doesn't require any specialist processes when printing onto coloured items..
DTF printing onto polyester
DTF printing is perfect for polyester garments, and is arguably one of the best print processes for synthetic fabrics.
DTF printing vs sublimation printing
Sublimation is best suited for all-over print coverage and sportswear. DTF printing is best suited for placement prints onto sportswear and can be far more economical that sublimation printing.
DTF printing vs heat transfer and vinyl prints
The DTF print process does involve a heat press, however, it's slightly different to digital transfer prints and vinyl printing, as it has fewer limitations and allows for a lighter and softer feel compared to these traditional transfers.
DTF printing vs screen printing
One of the most frequent questions we get is, “should I go for DTF printing or screen printing”.
When it comes down to quality, DTF is a great option, and in some circumstances better than screen printing. However, when it comes to choosing the right print method, it’s less about which is ‘better’ and more about which is most suitable.
Many print companies try to argue that one method is better than the other but, generally, this is because they only offer one option. The reality is that both serve different purposes and work best in different situations.
If you’re bulk printing large volumes with a simple design, then screen printing may actually be the best option for you. However, if you want smaller volumes or have a very complex design, DTF is likely the best option.
DTF printing vs embroidery
There are a few elements that come into play when deciding between DTF and embroidery, the first is the fabric type and design size.
If the fabric is light (such as a T-shirt), but the design is large, then we’d generally recommend DTF print. A large embroidery can be very heavy, especially on something like a T-shirt. This is particularly pertinent in sportswear where you want any design work to be light and breathable, so it doesn't impede on your performance.
On sweatshirts, hoodies, coats and other heavier items, a large embroidery wouldn’t be a problem and might actually be the best option. With fabrics like fleece, DTF isn’t possible, so embroidery is the only choice.
The second element to consider is design complexity. For complex designs, DTF printing is generally the best option as the ink pigments are far smaller than threads. With threads being a lot thicker than ink pigments, it’s harder to get the same level of detail. So if you have small intricate text or design elements it’s likely best to opt for DTF printing.
The last factor to consider is personal preference. In some instances, like a simple design on a cotton hoodie, both print or embroidery would work well. In that case, it’s entirely down to which one you prefer, as both decoration methods are highly durable and look great.
Our maximum DTF print size is 300mm x 400mm. However, smaller sizes and women’s T-shirts typically don’t allow such large coverage, with this in mind we always recommend keeping your design at 297mm x 300mm as this will likely fit on any T-shirt, regardless of gender or size.
When it comes to large front or back prints on T-shirts, most brands choose to keep their design at the advised 297mm across the board.
Can I have my design at multiple sizes across an order?
You can, however, having your design at multiple sizes for different sized T-shirts across an order is typically a bad idea. Choosing to do that means you miss out on economies of scale. For example, if you buy 50 T-shirts, but 25 of those items have the print at one size, and 25 have the design at a different size, you’ll end paying for two 25-unit orders and not one 50-unit one. Ultimately people buy and wear products because they either love the brand or design, not because the design is 10mm larger than the competing brand’s design.
Please note, in almost all instances an order can be a mix of T-shirt sizes, without an impact on the price.
We offer a complete DTF printing service, whereby we print onto your chosen garments. We do not sell DTF transfers as a standalone service for you to apply to your own garments at home.
Not sure what format your artwork needs to be in for DTF Printing? Find out more here.
Need some design advice? Our Design Resources section is filled with lots of tips and tricks.
Don’t worry, we make things easy. Our team of experts will select the most appropriate print method for your logo or design (unless specified otherwise).
Yes, DTF printing works onto T-shirts and clothing of any colour.
DTF print quality can vary greatly depending on the print company you choose.
Quality is often dependent on technology. This is why we use some of the leading DTF print technology available in Europe, ensuring unrivalled precision and quality. Your brand is everything and first impressions count, so when it comes to your printed clothing, don’t settle for second best.
Not sure if we're right for you? Take a look at some of our recent customers and what they had to say here.
You can also find out more on what makes us a little bit better than your average DTF printer here.
The internet makes it much easier to find DTF printing services. In the past you may have had to search for a “DTF printing service near me”, but there’s no longer a need to traipse across town with a box of T-shirts. With A.M. Custom Clothing. Our online shop allows you to pick your product, upload your design, and checkout in just a few clicks.
Behind the scenes
You can get a behind the scenes look at all of our market leading print technology in the video below.
How many products do you need?
We keep things simple, just select the quantity you need below, and our experienced team will ensure you get the appropriate print method for your order.
For print, embroidery and blank garments, our Online Shop is the fast and easy way to order. Every order (of any size) is checked by our print experts ensuring the best results every time.
If you require a quote for 25 or more items, head this way. Whether it's for bulk T-shirt printing, or embroidered workwear we can help.
Need commercial volumes? Get in touch with our team, and join some of the world's biggest brands who rely on us for their branded clothing.
Want to use a specific print process?
If purchasing custom printed garments, our system will use a number of variables to calculate the best and most appropriate production process. This keeps things nice and easy for you, and ensures you don’t have to spend years gleaning the knowledge of a printer before making your order. Your order is then checked over by our expert team, ensuring the most appropriate process has been assigned and that your artwork is in the suitable format. Please note all of our print processes are of the highest quality and durability, so perfect for whatever you need. If you do require a specific print method to be used, you’ll find details on how to do this & more information here.
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