5 tips for DTF printing

5 tips for DTF printing

Oct 19, 2022

DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing is a popular printing method that has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Here are five tips to help you get the best results when printing with DTF ink.

1. Use high-quality ink

The quality of the ink you use plays a crucial role in the final output of your print. Always choose high-quality DTF ink that is compatible with your printer. Using low-quality ink can result in clogs, streaks, and other printing issues. Please check out our Direct-to-Film Kodak KODACOLOR inventory.

2. Choose the right film

DTF printing requires a special kind of film that is capable of holding the ink. When selecting a film, make sure it is compatible with the ink and printer you're using. Some films may not work well with certain types of ink or printers, so it's important to do your research. We have sheets in stock ranging from A4 to A3 and A3+ and rolls with different sizes (30cm x 50m to 60cm x 100m). We've collected all DTF materials, including sheets and rolls from Kodak KODACOLOR in the DTF section of the website.

3. Optimize the printing settings

DTF printing requires specific printing settings to achieve the best results. Make sure you optimize your printing settings, including the resolution, color profile, and ink density, for the specific type of film you're using. Test your settings before starting your final print job to ensure the best results. 

4. Properly prepare the film

Proper film preparation is crucial to achieving a successful DTF print. The film must be clean and free of any debris or residue that could affect the print quality. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the film before printing, and ensure that it is completely dry before printing.

5. Properly cure the print

DTF prints must be properly cured before use to ensure their longevity and durability. The curing process involves heating the print to a specific temperature for a set amount of time. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for curing the ink to ensure optimal results. 

Prepare, check, test, optimise, create!

By following these tips, you can achieve excellent results when printing with DTF ink. Take the time to properly prepare your equipment, test your settings, and optimise your process for the specific type of film and ink you're using, and you'll be able to create high-quality prints that meet your needs. 

Any questions? Please reach out to our specialists if needed.


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