Direct-to-Film Transfers + Next Level Apparel

Decorators and distributors, here’s your industry trend alert! There’s a new decoration method you need to know about if you want to excite end-buyers and alleviate common decoration challenges. We’re talking about DTF (direct-to-film) transfers. This innovative imprint method not only produces high-quality, colorful imprints, it’s also easier to implement than other popular methods, such as the popular and similar DTG (direct-to-garment) technique.

What is the secret to DTF printing’s success? And what types of garments is it compatible with?

Direct-to Film Fast Facts

  • Even white ink does not require pretreatment
    This is in contrast to DTG printing, where pretreatments are necessary to reproduce light colors. That’s one less color consideration you need to worry about.
  • The powdered glue at the back of transfers cures quickly when heated
    You don’t need to set up complicated systems or make a mess. Orders can be fulfilled faster than ever before. Who doesn’t love this?
  • Polyester or other non-cotton fabrics are recommended
    While DTG printing is preferred for cotton, DTF finally provides an easy ink-based branding solution for polyester and other unique blends, which broadens the opportunity to explore some of Next Level Apparel’s (asi/73867) many fabric collections and style options.

This new decoration technique works well with a variety of non-cotton and polyester formulations. Many of these are also available at your favorite apparel suppliers. Let’s review our top apparel picks from renowned supplier, Next Level Apparel, that can be decorated flawlessly with DTF transfers.

Next Level Apparel + Direct-to-Film Transfers


Next Level’s CVC fabric is made with a blend of 60% combed ring-spun cotton and 40% polyester. It is a great choice for DTF transfer decoration because of its high polyester content. This top-ofthe-line fabric can be used for promotional apparel and imprints. It is durable and soft. The following fabric is recommended for T-shirts: Unisex CVC T-Shirt (6210) or CVC T-Shirt For Women (6610). For tanks, you can’t go wrong with the versatile Unisex CVC Tank (6233). 

  • Ideal Collection

    DTF transfer decorations are also an option for clients with tight budgets. If cost is an issue, the Ideal collection can be recommended. It’s also made of 60% cotton, 40% polyester. The best of both worlds, your clients will get price-conscious apparel from a premium brand at quality they can trust – and that includes their imprints, which will be reproduced flawlessly on this fabric blend. We love the fabric blend. Women’s ideal racerback tank (1533) because of its attractive fit and large color range.
  • Festival Collection
    Shiraz shirt
    For clients looking for the latest trends, recommend them styles from Next Level’s Festival collection, made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton. These sun-kissed colors embody the spirit of summer music festival circuit. They are lightweight, flexible, and have great movement. The Unisex Festival T-Shirt This is a popular option that appeals to a large audience. Appeal to clients seeking women’s styles with the Crop Top for Women – Festival Crop Top (5080), Women’s Festival Muscle Tank (5013) and Women’s Festival Tank (5033) – each an excellent choice for DTF transfers.

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