We frequently come across stunning and lifelike images printed on clothing or handbags. Have you ever considered the process used to print these patterns on clothing? In actuality, this procedure is known as heat transfer. Some are accomplished using sublimation printing and DTF printing. Therefore, there is a great deal of interest in the relationship between DTF and sublimation printing. What distinguishes the two prior examples? Let’s analyze it for you.


In order to create the appearance of photos, including figures, landscapes, etc., it is typically made by four-color overlay printing on ready-to-wear and high-temperature fabrics. The patterns can mimic photos because they are so lifelike. This serves as DTF print’s formal introduction.


  1. Similarities

Heat transfer is a category that includes both DTF printing and sublimation printing because they both use a heating process to transfer their designs to fabric.


  1. Different features

Sublimation transfer: The pictures can be created using standard hot stamping and heat transfer equipment and are sublimation transfers. Sublimation transfer ink eliminates the need for coloring because the pattern is created all at once. With sublimation transfer paper, all you have to do is print it out for easy use, beautiful printing, and affordable production.


Transfer to film: The pattern is clear and lifelike, can create the look of a photograph, and the color is stretchable and washable.


The color is distinctive: As long as the clear original file (vector diagram) is provided when the heat transfer is made, the DTF transfer can achieve the effect of the photograph. On sublimation paper, the effect of hot stamping is not as obvious as it is with film printing. The color vibrancy of a fabric printed with sublimation paper increases with the amount of polyester in the fabric. Of course, the hot stamping temperature and time are also relevant. The more intense the color, the longer the stamping time, and the higher the hot stamping temperature.


There are differences in washing fastness: In general, PET film’s washing resistance is superior to that of sublimation paper’s, but the quality of DTF heat transfer is what sets it apart. Elasticity and washing fastness are the main factors that determine the DTF transfer’s quality. This characteristic does not exist in the sublimation paper.


The texture of the fabric feels different after hot stamping: It is because the DTF transfer has hot melt glue on the back, which gives the impression that something is attached to the fabric’s surface and is hard. It is soft to the touch and is known as sublimation paper because the ink seeps into the fabric.


  1. Various applications

Application of sublimation transfer to materials such as copperplate paper, leather, textile fabrics, plexiglass, metal, plastic, and textiles. Application areas for DTF printing and transfer include luggage, handbags, advertising shirts, cultural shirts, women’s clothing, children’s clothing, headbands, and aprons, among others.


The transfer fabric for PET film is unique. All fabrics, including knit, textile, nylon, non-woven fabric, Oxford cloth, etc., can have PET film hot stamped on them. On polyester fabrics that are white or light-colored, the sublimation paper can only be ironed. The color will be more vibrant with the more polyester ingredients you use.