Colour management in production workflow attempts to match the required colour as accurately as possible among different device - given a set of ICC profiles and workflow software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or a Raster Image Processor (RIP). Colour management is important in order to maintain accurate and consistent colour outputs between client and user. Colour management strives for consistency, calibration, characterization, and conversion.
Tools of the trade such as a spectrophotometer can be very costly and inconvenient to utilize due to the need for a specifically trained and experienced operator, and its not the easiest thing to carry around.
Epson on the other hand, has made a portable sized spectrophotometer which fits into your pocket.
With the new breakthrough in t-shirt printing technology - the emergence of the Direct-to-Film (DTF) printing, many would like to first know, what is so special about it? What kind of capabilities does the DTF provide that other printing technologies are unable to? Since the DTF utilizes an adhesion to fabric technique, how does it fair against vinyl heat transfer technology?
With vinyl heat transfer being the most common t-shirt printing technology in the world, how does DTF stand out such that user would want to switch over?
DTF printing technology as compared to vinyl heat transfer shows disparity in consumable costs, manpower allocation, and production efficiency.
Although the 2 printing technologies are often compared to one another, the main difference between the 2 technologies would be its workflow process. DTF printing technology’s main advantage would be its more efficient production process. Without the need for weeding, time and manpower can be more effectively and efficiently allocated for other work purposes.
There are many things consider when looking at the future of such a longstanding industry, and there are many variables and unknowns to such an equation. One thing we do know is that large format displays will be here to stay for a very long time. In an era where marketing, media, and advertising is more pervasive than any time in history, large format displays serve as the primary medium for physical advertisement and marketing.
DTF printing process is an effective way to produce fabric economically. The addition of DTF printing technology is expected to drive the global textile printing machine market to $13.98billion by 2025 (ICON Group, 2019) as more and more fabrics manufactured using DTF technology will come into play.
This new technology has been gaining traction overseas due to its flexibility to apply a print on almost every possible fabric or leather without having to incur heavy initial investment costs.