Both are great on-demand decoration options! But which is best for you?
Updated 8 months ago

Direct-To-Garment (DTG) and Direct-To-Film (DTF) are two popular on-demand decoration methods that have gained immense traction in the last few years. 

They both allow the flexibility for lower quantities at an affordable rate while not jeopardizing print quality and durability. So what's the difference?

Direct To Garment (DTG)

Direct-to-garment, or DTG, is a decoration method that sprays water based ink directly onto the garment. The ink then soaks into the fibers of the garment and cures with the assistance of a pretreat. It is similar to printing on paper, but on fabric!

Since the ink is water based, 100% cotton garments are recommended. However, there are some blends within our catalog which have been tested and approved.

Preparing your art for DTG: Your file should be at least 300dpi and formatted as either .png .svg .ai .eps .pdf .psd, .tif, .tiff. 

Direct To Film (DTF)

Direct-To-Film, or DTF, is a decoration method where the ink is applied to a piece of film vs directly onto the fabric. This pre-printed film is adhered to the garment through heat and pressure from a heat-press machine.

Unlike DTG, you do not have the same fabric restrictions. This means you can utilize the DTF on-demand decoration with blended and polyester garments.

Preparing your art for DTF: Your file should be at least 300dpi and formatted as either .png .svg .ai .eps .pdf .psd, .tif, .tiff

How to care for a DTG or DTF printed garment

Both print methods hold the same durability, although they may have different feels. The care instructions are the same. 

  • Turn garment inside out, using cold water, wash with similar colors. Recommended to wash on gentle setting.
  • Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
  • Ironing is not recommended. If it is needed, turn the garment inside out.
  • Do not use bleach.
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