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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 1 7 is clean, and a print job that is durable. "e print quality is amazing," Amidon says. "e hand of it is nicer. It's softer. It feels like a very soft print." DTF, however, has a more plastic, stick- er-like feel and more hand to it, nor does it breathe through the fabric, Amidon says. "ere's a process for every job," Amidon says. "at's one of the things that sets me apart is I always advise the customers on the best process for their particular job. It's not always DTG or DTF, it could be vinyl or screen printing." Amidon gives honest feedback if she sees that the artwork will not look good on the garment and suggests how to alter it to fit the piece. She also likes that she can do both DTG and DTF for her customers. "It can be a hard business. It can be an expensive business because repairs aren't DTF allows for printing images to polyester shirts. cheap," Amidon says, adding that regular maintenance is required. "is business is not for the faint of heart." She's gone through six DTG printers, the first one the slowest, taking about 10 minutes to print a shirt, and expensive at $20,000. Now, she can print a shirt in a couple of minutes and her end costs have decreased. "DTG is def initely the heart of our business, and it always will be," Amidon says. GP Shelley Widhalm is a freelance writer and editor and founder of Shell's Ink Services, a writing and editing service based in Loveland, Colorado. IMAGEARMORPT.COM

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