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DTF transfer rate : Understanding the cost and how to save

DTF transfer rate : Understanding the cost and how to save

For textile marking professionals, understanding the costs associated with each technique is essential. That's why we've created this guide to help you understand DTF transfer costs and how you can save.

What is DTF transfer?

DTF (Direct To Film) transfer is a textile marking technique that uses special inks to print designs directly onto transferable film. This film is then applied to the textile using a heat press. For more information on DTF, see our detailed article "What is DTF" .

DTF transfer cost

The cost of DTF transfer can vary depending on several factors. The cost of materials, such as heat press, ink and transfer paper, must be considered. Working time is another determining factor. For example, A2 DTF , A3 and A4 prints have different costs due to size and printing time.

Comparison of costs of DTF transfer and other textile marking techniques

Compared to other textile marking techniques such as flocking or screen transfer, DTF transfer can be more or less expensive depending on production volumes and design details. The DTF is generally financially attractive on small and medium quantities (less than 500 pieces) on color prints.

Influence of size, quantity and time on the DTF transfer price

It is important to note that the DTF transfer price is influenced by several key factors. Indeed, the size of the print, the quantity of prints and the printing time are determining elements in defining the final cost.

Let's take a concrete example. If you wish to make a single A3 print with a production time of 2 working days, the cost will be more than €8 excluding tax. This is because the cost of printer setup, ink and production time can only be spread over a single print.

However, if you order the same A3 print in 100 copies with a production time of 4 working days, the unit cost will decrease significantly, going to €1.75 excluding VAT. This lower unit price is explained by the fact that the fixed costs of installation and production are spread over a greater number of impressions.

Therefore, it is recommended to plan your DTF printing needs in advance so that you can order in larger quantities and thus benefit from more advantageous prices. This strategic management of your printing will allow you to achieve significant savings in the long term.

To discover more options and prices, do not hesitate to consult our offers on the A2 DTF Prints , A3 DTF Prints and A4 DTF Prints pages.

How to save on DTF transfer cost

There are several strategies to minimize DTF transfer costs.

The first is to optimize the use of transfer paper. By grouping multiple logos or designs on a single sheet, you can maximize available space and reduce paper waste. This can have a significant impact on the total cost, especially when producing in large quantities.

Additionally, effective planning of your printing needs can also help reduce costs. By ordering in larger quantities, you can spread the fixed costs of setup and production over a larger number of prints. For example, a single A3 print produced in 2 working days costs more than €8 excluding VAT, while the same A3 printed 100 times in 4 working days costs only €1.75 excluding VAT per unit.

Finally, at PrintMyDTF we understand that starting any project can be expensive. That's why we're offering €50 off your first order, to help you get started on the right foot. You can find out more details about this offer here .


In short, understanding DTF transfer costs is essential to effectively managing your textile marking business. With effective cost management and optimized material usage, DTF transfer can be a cost-effective solution for your textile marking needs.

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