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Doing DTF with a DTG

If you found this informational post, you probably already know what DTF with a DTG means, but let’s go through a quick definition first just in case.

The “DTF” part of DTF with a DTG stands for Direct to Film. In the customization and custom t-shirt business that means printing directly onto a specialized DTF transfer sheet.

The “DTG” part of DTF with a DTG stands for Direct-to-Garment. A direct-to-garment printer like the ColDesi DTG G4 is a specialized inkjet printer that prints, you guessed it, directly onto a shirt.

So, if you’re using a DTF printer you are printing an image right onto a transfer film that is then heat press applied (usually) onto a t-shirt (usually).

 We say usually here because there is a UV DTF process that allows you to create adhesive decals designed for direct application onto hard goods.

And if you’re using a DTG printer you load a t-shirt into it like you load a piece of paper into a regular color inkjet printer, then the image is printed right to the shirt itself.

Combining those two technologies is what it means by “Doing DTF with a DTG”

DTF Using a DTG Printer – How it Works

The process of creating a DTF Transfer, or film printing with a DTG machine, is actually pretty straightforward. And it’s particularly easy with the G4 printer from ColDesi.

Every G4 DTG printer comes with RIP Pro software. It’s designed to bridge the communications gap and imaging differences between what you design on your computer screen and what’s needed to make it come out amazing on a t-shirt.

The software is all set up with recommended settings called “Queues” that have been optimized for things like:

And now, printing dtf with dtg!

While there are other steps involved, the fundamental process is:

  1. Import your graphic into the DTF Queue
  2. Load the dtf transfer film onto the G4 platen
  3. Print
  4. Apply the glue powder using the DTF Shaker Tube
  5. Cure the transfer with a heat press