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Introducing direct-to-film printing

Our upcoming technique will let you create detailed designs on a wider range of products

What direct-to-film printing brings to your product range

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Direct-to-film printing is suitable for heavy-duty sportswear, outerwear, and any apparel fabric that direct-to-garment can’t print on. 

Some of the fabrics include:

  • Polyester
  • Fleece
  • Cotton
  • Nylon

The new technique is incredibly versatile, and can also be used for prints on various fabric blends.

Here’s why direct-to-film printing is your next fave design technique

visual representation of how direct to film printing works: special film with design is being pressed on the garment by a heat press

How direct-to-film printing works

The new technique uses a 2-step process:

1. The design is directly printed onto a special film using water-based inks. 
2. After, the film is coated with a special adhesive powder and a heat press is used to transfer the design onto the fabric.

vibrant and detailed print that was put on the fabric via a direct-to-film printing technique

Create lifelike and vibrant art

Direct-to-film printing can easily take on complex and intricate designs.
You’ll be able to:

  • Keep designs looking fresh, despite heavy wash and wear
  • Make color or text come alive on designs using transparent space
  • Design using more fabric materials than direct-to-garment print

Because the printing process involves direct transfer of images onto fabric, designs come out detailed and color gradients transition smoothly from one shade to another.

a label that has been put on the cloth via direct-to-film printing

Test direct-to-film now on custom labels!

Direct-to-film printing is currently available on inside labels for the Unisex Denim T-Shirt and the Recycled Tracksuit Jacket. 
We’re exploring direct-to-film printing as a potential standalone technique and hope to offer it in the future.

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