Digital Transfer Printing (DTF)
This technique involves printing your design directly onto a film and then transferring it to a T-shirt made of cotton, polyester, or their blends, regardless of their color, as it can work with white ink.
Here’s how the DTF printing process generally works:
- Preparation: A digital image is prepared on a computer using graphic design software.
- Printing: The prepared image is printed onto a special transfer paper using an inkjet printer that’s compatible with DTF inks. The inks used are typically water-based and designed to adhere to both the transfer paper and the fabric.
- Application: The printed transfer paper is placed face-down onto the fabric or garment. Heat and pressure are applied using a heat press machine. The heat and pressure cause the ink on the transfer paper to sublimate and bond with the fabric’s fibers, transferring the image from the paper to the fabric.
- Peeling: Once the heat and pressure application is complete, the transfer paper is carefully peeled off, leaving the printed design on the fabric.