Direct to Film Printing vs Sublimation - which one is right for you?

Just because a new technology hits the scene doesn’t mean it’s better than everything that came before it. 

What it DOES mean is that you should take stock of your business, consider your future and decide it one or more new systems should make it to your buy list. 

This comparison is between what is arguably the oldest digital decoration method… sublimation… and the newest… direct to film. 

DTF, or Direct to Film, has many features that make it an attractive option for busy shops.

  • Very fast transfer production
  • Use with any fabric
  • Stretchable – and looks great afterwards
  • Low cost per print
  • Sell transfers as well as completed custom apparel
  • Low heat press time
  • Washes like screen printing

But those features don’t take anything away from what makes Sublimation so popular and so useful:

  • Great vibrancy
  • Incredibly soft hand or “feel”
  • Low cost per print
  • Very low entry price
  • VERY quiet operation
  • No odor or fumes
  • Perfect for home, office or kiosk operation

You can learn more about each technology and their differences below


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