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We're a Personalize Gift Service specializing in DTF, Sublimation, HTV for printable apparel and promotional products.

Ideal For Birthdays, Memorials, Weddings, Family Reunions, School Events, Fan Gear, Holidays, Brand Merchandise, Artistic Expression and more.

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What is DTF printing?

Direct Transfer Film (DTF) printing is a new printing technology that is similar to Direct to Garment (DTG) printing.  The main difference is that DTG technology is limited to printing only on cotton-based garments.

DTF printing is much more versatile and can print on a large range of apparel such as nylon, polyester, denim, silk, and of course cotton. Due to the increased number of printing applications, DTF printing is fast becoming one of the most popular methods to print t shirts and apparel.

Many people feel that it will only be a matter of time before DTF printing eclipses silkscreen printing as the most popular printing method.

The DTF printing process is remarkably similar to the Printable PU process in which both use printed transfer sheets to create (print) the image.  The transfer image is then pressed onto the garment using a heat press.

The Direct Transfer Film proves involves sophisticated computer technology that is capable of creating highly detailed, colorful prints for your t shirts and garments. Computer-aided technology also makes Direct Transfer Film a fast and economical printing method for large volumes of t shirts and garments.

DTF PRINTING PROCESS

The first step of DTF printing is to create a mirror image of the print design using a white base color.  The mirror image will be printed on a PET film, which will later be used to press the image onto the garment.

Step 2 – Powdering

This step is the application of hot-melt powder on the film that has the printed image on it. This process is done by Automatic Powder Shaker- to apply the powder evenly and also to remove the excess powder. It is very important to apply the correct amount of transfer powder, as the powder acts as a buffer between the image and the metal.

Step 3 – Melting the powder

After the transferred powder is applied, it is then placed in a curing oven and heated. The powder is heated until it begins to melt. The melted transfer powder acts as a strong adhesive to attach the image to the garment.

Step 4 Transfer

The transfer step occurs when the image and melted transfer powder are placed on the target garment and pressed uniformly using a heat press.  This process is a very important step as any failure in the process will lead to wrinkled or pealing images. 

Step 5 Cold Peel

The Cold Peel step occurs when the image print is peeled away from the transfer paper.  To maintain the highest level of adhesiveness’ the transfer paper must be removed when the image and garment cool to a certain temperature. If the garment is peeled too early the image may not fully adhere to the garment’s fibers.  It is interesting to note that the hot melted transfer powder is similar to amides, where it acts as a binder between the ink colors and the garment’s fibers.

Step 6 Post -pressing

Cuztom Life Printing likes to add an extra step to our printing process when using the DTF printing method.  We add a step 6 to ensure that our clients DFT printed t-shirts and garments images last a long time and can outlast the competition in both washes and user abrasions.

Our extra step involves one final press where we apply a heated press to the garment.  We feel that the second application of heat helps to strengthen the bond between the ink and the fibers.

Pros & Cons of DTF Printing 

Pros 

  1. Works with almost all types of fabrics
  2. Suitable for small wording printing
  3. Does not require pre-treatment like DTG
  4. Does not require a screen block like Silkscreen.
  5. No colors limit, can print any color.
  6. No cutting or weeding needed.
  7. Low minimum as low as one A2 size
  8. The fabric has a very slight hand feel touch and vibrant color.
  9. The Fabrics thus designed exhibit good wash characteristics.
  10. The process is faster and less tedious than DTG printing.

Cons

  1. The feel of the printed areas is slightly affected when compared to that of fabrics designed with DTG printing.
  2. More expensive if the printing area is large

Product Features

  • No minimums
    Perfect for small personalized projects, or for when you just need a couple more
  • Vivid colors that don’t fade
    These prints will look bright and vivid - no matter how many washes
  • Feels as good as it looks
    Our DTF prints are super thin and flex easily with any fabric
  • Super opaque whites
    You can apply our DTF transfers to any color garment - our whites will remain opaque and crisp

Recommended On

100% Cotton | 100% Polyester | Cotton/Poly Blends | Tri-blends

What is Dye Sublimation printing?

Dye sublimation is a unique printing process involving a dye sublimation printer, dye sublimation paper, specially formulated dye sublimation inks and the use of a heat press.
The dye sublimation printer prints the artwork onto the paper and the design is then applied to the final product using a heat press to apply both heat and pressure.
Dye sublimation ink (referred to in craft/hobbyist digital decorating circles as infusible ink) is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time.
Our high-quality dye sublimation inks are made especially for digital decoration and have excellent color brightness and produce brilliantly crisp dye sublimation transfers. Dye sublimation supplies require a special coating to accept the dye sublimation/infusible inks.
All dye sublimation supplies from CLP are provided with this special coating except those which are 100% polyester, such as baby onesies/baby rompers (pictured) which do not require a special coating.

What are Screen Printed Transfers?

Screen Printed Plastisol Transfers

Screen printing is the most flexible and accommodating option for most orders because it allows designs to be replicated rapidly without sacrificing quality or incurring a high cost. If you’re looking to outfit your office staff in a pinch, load up on branded merch before your big show, grand opening, or keep a popular print stocked in your store, this service is likely your best bet.

Ink Types

We pride ourselves in the ability to offer a variety of ink types as unique as your project.

Plastisol Transfers 

Goof Proof TransferPuff TranserGlow-In-The-Dark

Plastisol is the most widely used ink for screen printing today. This PVC based ink sits on top of the garment’s fibers, allowing for great coverage on light and dark garments. It’s unmatched when it comes to bright colors on cotton and blended garments, and is the most accurate when it comes to matching Pantones. These inks are very durable, and when properly cured, prints will last for years.

Water Based Transfer

Soft OpaqueUltraColor transfers for spandex and nylonSub Blocker TransferUltraColor transfers for sublimated polyester

Water based ink is exactly what it sounds like, ink that uses water as a solvent. This ink is very thin (like water), so it soaks directly into a garment’s fibers, resulting in a very soft print. It’s primarily used on light, 100% cotton garments. Using it on blended shirts can create a cool “vintage” look. These inks typically wear with the shirt, resulting in a well loved look over time.

Discharge is a water based ink containing a bleach-based agent. Once it is absorbed by fabric, this ink is effectively a dye. Discharge ink allows for extremely soft prints (once washed). It can produce incredibly vibrant colors (on 100% cotton garments), but it’s very reactive to a garments color and blend. Discharging garments with a low cotton content is not recommended. Although custom colors are available, Pantone matches are not as accurate as plastisol.

Athletic inks are similar to Plastisol, however they have a lower cure temperature, and contain blocking agents that prevent dye migration on dyed fabrics such as polyester. These inks allow for screen printing on more delicate garments that are highly reactive to heat.

Specialty inks are also available at Press & Release. We offer glitter inks, shimmer inks, puff inks, foil, etc. If you’re looking for something to help your print stand out, we’ve got you covered!
Turnaround

Our standard turnaround for screen print transfer orders is 15 business days (approx. 3 weeks, excluding holidays).
Expedited orders may be available for an additional fee, depending on our availability and the scope of your order. Please contact us directly if you need to meet a specific deadline.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing your screen print transfers printing job, we stick to the basics:

  • Quantity: How many pieces would you like to order? We have price breaks at quantities of 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 90, 108, 144, 180, and 216. Have an order for 216 pieces or more? Contact us directly and we will determine special pricing.
  • Color: How many colors are in your design? Please note: If you will be printing a color onto a dark shirt, an under base (a base layer of white ink that helps the color pop) will be required and will count as an additional color.
  • Location: Where will your design(s) be printed? Specialty locations (sleeves, hoods, pant legs, etc.) will incur an additional fee.
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  • Request A Quote

    Need help with a upcoming birthday, event or special occasion? We got your back just fill out our quote for today. We're happy to help!

    click here 
  • Apparel Catalog

    Full apparel catalog website

    click here 
  • 2023 Idea Book

    Designs for custom apparel

    click here