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Should A DTF Print Have A White Outline?

Are White Outlines in DTF Transfers Normal?

Armor Ink stands as a beacon of quality in the Direct to Film (DTF) printing industry. Underpinned by our ethos, "Defend Your Style," we continually strive to ensure that your designs are represented accurately and beautifully in every print. One of the frequent concerns we address is the appearance of white outlines in DTF transfers—a common problem resulting from inferior printing practices and/or artwork quality. While some printers may overlook this issue, delivering products marred by noticeable white borders, we at Armor Ink prioritize maintaining the aesthetic integrity of your designs, assuring that such errors do not find their way into our final products as much as possible.

In DTF printing, the artwork's quality significantly influences the emergence of white outlines. The issue frequently arises from lower resolution images, often those under 300 DPI (dots per inch). The printer grapples with the task of accurately reproducing the design's edges, which can result in a somewhat blurred image accompanied by a white outline. Additionally, the presence of transparent pixels in the artwork can complicate matters. The printer may mistake these pixels for white, which can inadvertently create undesired outlines.

To counteract these potential pitfalls, printers are equipped with a function known as the choke setting. This setting helps restrict the flow of white ink, pushing it back under the design's edges and effectively reducing the probability of unwanted white outlines. When the choke setting is appropriately managed, the outcome is a DTF transfer that stands out in both precision and visual appeal.

However, the misuse of this choke setting can lead to less than desirable results. Some printers, or their operators, may improperly adjust their choke, which can create an unsightly and prominent white border around the design. Avoiding this poor practice is crucial for maintaining the aesthetics of the design.

At Armor Ink, we are committed to ensuring the choke settings are ideally tailored to each unique piece of artwork. Our team of seasoned professionals work meticulously to preserve the integrity of your designs. We stand by our belief that excellence lies in the details, and we aim to deliver just that in our final products.

Yet, it's important to acknowledge that despite our dedication and attention to detail, we cannot assure the complete elimination of all white from all designs. This reality is particularly true when the provided artwork fails to meet the necessary quality requirements. Therefore, we encourage clients to submit artwork that is high-resolution and free of transparent pixels.

In summary, a DTF transfer should ideally be devoid of a white outline, provided that the artwork meets the quality standards, and the printer's choke setting is precisely managed. We at Armor Ink work tirelessly to "Defend Your Style," striving to ensure your artwork appears exactly as intended. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and compliance with the artwork requirements, aiding us in upholding our commitment to superior DTF printing quality.

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