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1 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • M A R C H 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G some details about DTF printing, what it is, why you might want to use it, and the benefits and minuses, so you can get a handle on this relatively new technique and decide whether or not it fits in with your current products and is something you want to offer. First off, we start at the basic level. What exactly is direct-to-film printing? As the name implies, a print is made on a film and then transferred, with the use of heat, to a fabric. Unlike sublimation, which requires 100% polyester fabric for the best transfer, or direct-to-garment print- ing, which generally works best with cot- ton, DTF prints are suitable for a variety of fabrics. DTF also works on both light and dark colors, so you can print on more types of garments. One of the things about DTF printing that excites a lot of people is the fact that it can print white ink. For a lot of decora- tors, white ink is the holy grail because it (Image courtesy Axiom America) (Images courtesy of Equipment Zone)

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