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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 2 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 4 3 e variety of substrates you can use this method on include a wide selection of garment types, styles, and placements. DTF can be used on cotton, polyester, blends, nylon, treated leather, wood, and more, says Lana Bianco, OmniPrint International. "DTF is an affordable option for apparel decorating, that allows for versatility and ease of use." e process allows garment decorators to "print full-color, high- quality digital prints onto a special film and transfer the images onto garments, fabrics, and other substrates using a heat press mechanism," explains Chris Alley, Axiom America. Products that may have been turned down or outsourced in the past, can now be produced in-house, says Chris Breazeale, CobraFlex. DTF can be used on koozies, backpacks, and to even create custom tagging on apparel, to list a few of many possibilities. DTF COMPARED TO OTHER METHODS "Within the digital transfer world, you will always be required to use a heat press to adhere the graphic onto the garment," says Bianco. at's one of the main similarities of DTF and sublimation. DTF printing provides many opportunities and advanced capabilities for graphics shops. (Image courtesy Axiom America) Press times are short – typically 10 seconds followed by a five-second finishing press. (Image courtesy OmniPrint International)

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