Colorful flower used as an example of a direct-to-film transfer

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing DTF Transfer Prints

Here are 5 Mistakes to Avoid When You're Designing DTF Direct-to-Film Transfers for Your Band or Brand Apparel

Transfer printing opens up possibilities for custom apparel without the mess and hassle of screen printing. However, there are some common design mistakes that can sabotage your transfers. Avoid these errors to ensure high-quality results in your direct-to-film transfers:

1. Low Resolution Images

Using low resolution photographs or graphics often leads to a pixilated, blurry print. Make sure all images are high resolution 300dpi or more. Save logos and illustrations as vector files if possible.

2. Tiny Text and Details

Fine text and small design details won’t reproduce well on transfers. Keep text above a certain minimum size, often around 14-16pt font. Simplify intricate shapes. Zoom in to check for quality.

3. Too Many Colors

Limit your transfers to around 6 colors or less. The more colors, the harder registration is and the higher likelihood of bleed and blending. Stick to spot colors rather than CMYK or RGB.

4. Mismatched Color Profiles

Design in CMYK color mode to match DTF printing. RGB colors from websites and monitors won’t convert properly and can shift in tone. Set blacks to single channel only to avoid blotchiness.

5. Lack of Bleed Space

Always extend artwork past the print edges to allow for trimming. Having elements cut off defeats careful design plans. Leave at least 1/4 inch bleed space around all sides.

The transfer printing experts at DTFDFW can review artwork files and provide tips to optimize designs. Learn more about how to design DTF transfers, and then get your free quote to bring concepts to life!

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