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Maximixe the power of a direct-to-garment printer with Direct to Film

Expand your options beyond t-shirt printing and open up many additional opportunities for your business! Utilizing Direct-to-Film, broaden your product offerings and increase your sales. Customize large, bulky items, cleanly apply to synthetic fabrics, and work with items requiring lower curing temperatures, or increase your efficiency with small left prints by printing a whole sheet at a time.

See more of what DTF can do for you in the information below.

A jersey and duffel bag that utilizes Direct-to-Film printing

To learn more about DTF printing with a Brother DTG printer, complete the form below or call 1-866-750-2543 to speak with a DTG Specialist.

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Watch this video to see the process of creating customized products using DTF and a Brother DTG printer or scroll down to see a step-by-step tutorial.

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The Process of Direct to Film Printing

Step 1

Using GTX Graphics Lab, create the print file using the appropriate ink settings - which may vary based on the design. For all DTF prints, leave color multi-pass turned on for both CMYK and CMYK+W.

Recommended Ink Settings:

  • CMYK Only Prints - set the ink volume to 5 or 6, double print set to 0 and color multi-pass turned ON.
  • CMYK+White Prints - set the ink volume to 3 or 4 and turn on Eco Mode. Set the highlight anywhere from 3 to 5 and a mask of 1 to 2. Add a minimum whiteness of 1 to 3.
Computer screen showing GTX Graphics Lab software
GTX Pro printer

Step 2

Position the film on the platen with matte side up and tape down the film to keep it from lifting or shifting during the printing process. Send the print file to the Brother DTG printer and press the Print button.

Step 3

Evenly coat the film with the adhesive powder by placing it in a large plastic container and sliding the adhesive across the top of the ink. For prints with fine letters or lines, use a shaker to prevent the ink from smearing. Slide off the excess powder back into the larger plastic container.

Person demonstrating coating the film with adhesive powder
Showing the process of curing the adhesive powder

Step 4

Cure the adhesive powder to the film either using a dryer or heat press.

Heat Press Method:

  • Create a 1/4” gap from the bottom of the heating element to the film.
  • Cure at 284-302 degrees F for 3-5 minutes.

Conveyor Dryer Method:

  • Set forced air fans to lowest setting or off.
  • Cure at 212-248 degrees F for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Prepress the garment or item for 2-5 seconds to remove wrinkles. Flip the film over on to the garment and position it in place. Cure the garment between 320-356 degrees F for 10-20 seconds using medium pressure.

Garment on heat press
Person peeling film from the garment

Step 6

Remove the garment or item from the heat press and allow the film to cool down. Once the film is cool, peel the film from the garment.

Step 7

Repress the garment at 320-356 degrees for 10-15 seconds.

Repressing garment on heat press

Check out the variety of items that DTF can provide your customers using your Brother DTG printer.