- Color Fill
- Color Imprinting
- Color Stamp
- Digital Printing
- Epoxy Dome
- Foil Stamp
- 4-Color Process
- Heat Transfer
- Laser Engraving
- Pad Printing
- Sand Etching
- Screen Etch
- Screen Printing
Color Fill Up
First, your logo is color stamped onto the material, and then folioed by a deboss with the same dye. This method is available only on vinyl patches (patch colors available in tan or black). Color fill choices include 11 matte colors and 6 metallic colors.
Color Imprinting Up
Highlight your logo in vivid color on bags, pens, drinkware, technology items ,and accessories with this decorating method. It's an economical way to gain high visibility.
Color Stamp Up
Simple one-color designs are enhanced when a dye is used to apply colored foil to a material's surface. Color stamp choices include 6 standard colors (black, white, red, green, blue, brown) and 5 metallic colors (red, green, blue, gold, silver).
Where embossing raises the surfaces of materials, debossing works in reverse by pushing the surfaces of materials inward via a heat-pressing process. Often used for logos and titles, debossing enhances the appearance of your products by adding 3-dimensional depth. This technique can be used to give your product the much sought after eye-catching appeal.
Digital Printing Up
Digital printing, or also known as Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Printing, is a new process that lets us print full color, photo quality images directly onto your t-shirt within minutes.
For smaller production runs, DTG offers tremendous advantages over silk screen printing. That's because silk screening involves long set-up times and complicated art preparation. With silk screening, you cannot reproduce a photograph on a garment and it can be prohibitively expensive.
Digital T-Shirt Printing (DTG) is different from screen-printing because it of the ease, efficiency and affordability to those who want to print limited quantities of custom t-shirt designs.
A highly decorative technique that raises surfaces to transform ordinary, flat and lifeless material into uniquely contoured, 3-dimensional patterns. Most often used on letterhead, business cards, certificates, and logos, embossing enhances any design and gives your product a look of sophistication and style.
Embroidery is the process of creating and producing ornamental needlework consisting of designs worked on fabric with high-luster threads either by hand or machine. For many forms of apparel - including jackets, polo shirts and hats- machine embroidery is the preferred form of imprinting as it gives these items an elegant look that enhances their perceived value.
Original art is converted, or digitized, into a template that breaks it down into a required stitch count for the desired imprint area. The template is then uploaded into an industrial embroidery machine that replicates the template onto the garment precisely. The cost of embroidery depends on the intricacy of the graphics to be reproduced, as well as the number of colors because they determine the stitch count. Due to the work necessary to digitize art for embroidery and the embroidery process itself, these items take at least a couple of days to produce, which will affect rush orders. The customer is advised to consult the production schedule provided during the ordering process for embroidered items.
Epoxy Dome Up
An imprint is a means of clearly but unobtrusively displaying a logo on a promotional item clearly. A small version of the logo is rendered on a base, which is then overlaid with a clear bubble of acrylic epoxy. The dome is then affixed to the promotional item with permanent adhesive. This imprint method is preferred on briefcases, notepads, and jotters as a full-color alternative to debossing. It is also an option in the manufacturing of lapel pins.
Foil Stamp Up
Using controlled heat, pressure, and precision timing, colored or metallic foil resins are applied to decorate surfaces of varied shapes and materials.
4-Color Process Up
If you have a photo or 4-color process artwork, these methods are the answer. Similar to the transfer method, Photo Real and PhotoGrafixx use very fine half-tones and an expanded color range to capture the sharpness of the design and then transfer it to the product. If an exact PMS match is needed, spot colors will be required at an additional cost.
Heat Transfer Up
This dry decorating method uses controlled heat. The dwelling and pressure thermally bonds the graphic onto the material's surface.
Laser Engraving Up
Laser engraving is the practice of using lasers to engrave, etch, or mark an object. The technique can be very complex, and often a computer system is used to drive the movements of the laser head. Despite this complexity, very precise and clean engravings can be achieved at a high rate. The technique does not involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface and wear out. This is considered an advantage over alternative engraving technologies where bit heads have to be replaced regularly.
In situations where physical alteration of a surface by engraving is undesirable, an alternative such as "marking" is available. This is a generic term that covers a broad spectrum of surfacing techniques, including printing and hot-branding. In many instances, laser engraving machines are able to do marking that would have been done by other processes.
A laser engraving machine can be thought of as three main parts: a laser, a controller, and a surface. The laser is like a pencil in that the beam emitted from it allows the controller to trace patterns onto the surface. The controller (usually a computer) determines the direction, intensity, speed of movement, and spread of the laser beam aimed at the surface. The surface is picked to match what the laser can act on.
The point where the laser touches the surface should be on the focal plane of the laser’s optical system, and is usually synonymous with its focal point. This point is typically small, perhaps less than a fraction of a millimeter (depending on the optical wavelength). Only the area inside this focal point is significantly affected when the laser beam passes over the surface. The energy delivered by the laser changes the surface of the material under the focal point. It may heat up the surface and subsequently vaporize the material, or perhaps the material may fracture (known as "glass" or "glass up") and flake off the surface. This is how material is removed from the surface to create an engraving.
Pad Printing Up
Pad printing is an effective method for transferring an image or text onto three-dimensional surfaces and thus is preferred for imprinting on stress balls, toys, mugs, and other promotional items with curved imprint areas. We employ what is known as a sealed ink cup system, in which a recessed plate is covered with solvent-based ink. When the plate is wiped clean, the ink remains in the recessed area. A silicone pad then presses against the plate, pulls the ink out of the recesses, and is pressed directly against the product. The ink is then exposed to a drying agent, usually a flash of UV light, which causes the ink to dry and adhere to the product.
Different surface materials, or substrates, require different formulae of ink to insure proper adhesion, and climate sometimes affects the drying process. This may create delays in rush orders as it is vital that all pad-imprinted items be completely dry before they are packed and shipped.
Sand Etching Up
Sand etching is a high quality method using sandblasting to show a rush detailed and permanent impression of a logo.
Screen Etch Up
This is a standard screen print using a frosted, colored ink that produces a textured logo with a traditional etched look.
Screen Printing Up
Screen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. It can be used to print on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, paperboard, plastics, glass, metals, and fabrics. Also known as silk screening, it is the most common form of apparel decoration, mainly due to its versatility and cost-effectiveness for large orders. Logos can be large and fairly detailed, but you will want to avoid using artwork with several colors, due to the setup and run charges associated with screen-printing.
With screen-printing, there is a setup and run charge associated with each color and location in your imprint. This is because each color requires the creation of an additional screen as well as an additional run through the screen-printer. Run charges are generally based on three things: the number of shirts you are decorating, the number of colors in the artwork being printed, and the number of locations to be imprinted. While there is some leeway here, you should expect to pay higher run charges if you are ordering a large number of shirts using a multi-colored imprint or want to decorate multiple areas of the garment.
Flash layers will also contribute to cost. Dark-colored shirts may require that the decorator create a white under-layer (known as a flash layer) before they can screen the colors in your imprint. In such situations, you would be charged for an additional color. Your Promotions Specialist will be able to provide further details in these cases.