Decoration Methods


Digital Transfer Printing – Ink is printed onto a transfermaterial such as paper, using screen, digital or lithographic printing.Transfer is then applied to the product.  Commonly used on garments, bagsand caps.

Decal Printing – Ink is printed onto a transfer material such as paper, usingscreen, digital or lithographic printing. Transfer is then applied to theproduct.  Commonly used on mugs and glassware.

Lithographic Printing – Full Colour automated cost effective method.  Can be usedon mouse mats, paper products and mugs

Foil Stamping/Printing – Foil is pressed onto theproduct using heat and pressure. Generally used on leather, vinyl, PVC, etc.

Emboss / Deboss - Embossing impresses an image into the surface in relief creatinga raised image. Debossing is just the opposite and creates an image pressedinto the surface of an object

Pad Printing – Ink is applied directly to the product using a flexible siliconpad. This method is suited to producing small detailed designs onto manydifferent shaped products.

Etching - A process in which an image is first covered with a protective coatingthat resists acid, then exposed, leaving bare metal and protected metal. Theacid attacks only the exposed metal, leaving the image etched onto the surface

Laser Engraving - A computerised machine uses lasertechnology to cut into the products surface and is usually performed onmetal.  A very precise method of decoration.

Sublimation – Specialised inks are printed onto paper then applied to theproduct using heat and pressure. The print is embedded in the material ensuringit will not peel or crack. Many sporting garments are printed with this method.

4 Colour Process Printing - Four-color process printing is a process in which we start withfinished full-colour artwork and separate out the three subtractive primarycolours of yellow, cyan, magenta, plus black. A program creates separate filmsthat are then printed with special process inks and the resulting print appearsjust like the original artwork. This is the same basic technology used in yourhome or office ink jet printer

Digital Printing - A full colour print process. Products maybe printed directly or a transfer is first printed then applied.

Embroidery - A design stitched onto a material through the use of high speed,computer controlled sewing machines. Artwork must first be"digitized," which is the specialized process of convertingtwo-dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. The digitizer must actuallyrecreate the artwork using stitches. Then it programs the sewing machine to sewa specific design, in a specific colour, with a specific type of stitch. Thisis the process known as digitizing. Embroidery is most commonly used on logopatches, apparel and caps or hats. 3D Embroidery is a process where a materialis placed between the product and the embroidery resulting in a 3D effect

Screen Printing - Screen printing typically uses a fabricstretched tightly over a frame. Images are created by blocking parts of thescreen using various techniques. Ink is forced through the open areas of thescreen onto the surface of the object. A separate screen must be created foreach colour to be printed and colours must be applied in passes allowing dryingtime between each. This is the most common method of imprinting on promotionalitems and apparel such as T-shirts.


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