PRINTING METHODS

Here's how your design is added to promotional items!

Deboss
The depression of an image recessed into a material’s surface that causes the image to sit below the product surface.

Die Cast
Injecting metal into the cavity of a carved die (or a mold).

Die Struck
Production of emblems and other flat products by striking a blank metal sheet with a hammer that holds the die.

Digital Printing
This production method is used for printing media such as paper, vinyl and magnetic material used in the manufacture of labels, badges and fridge magnets etc. Both digital inkjet and digital printing presses are used in the production of digital media using full colour printing.

Direct To Garment
Direct to product digital printing involves the transfer of ink directly from the print head of a special inkjet machine to the product and can be used to produce 1 colour or full colour printing on flat or slightly curved surfaces.

Etching
A process in which an item is covered with a protective coating that resists acid to create the artwork. This leaves a bare surface and a protected surface. It is then exposed to acid. The acid attacks only the exposed surface leaving the image etched onto the surface.

Emboss
The reverse of Debossed with the depression of the background recessed into a material’s surface that causes the image to sit above (raised) the product surface.

Embroidery
A design is stitched into fabric through the use of high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machines. Artwork must first be "digitized”, the specialized process of converting two-dimensional artwork into stitches or thread.  Digitizing a file can add significant cost to your budget and is calculated based on overall thread count.

Foil Stamp
Applying metallic or coloured foil imprints to vinyl, leather or paper surfaces. Usually used when a debossed imprint is required.

Heat Transfer
Transfers can be printed and cut to shape on a digital inkjet printer. Heat transfers are commonly used to brand textile surfaces and bags. They are heat pressed onto the product and produce a permanent bond.

Hot Stamp
Setting a design on a metal relief die or plate, which is then heated and pressed onto the printing surface to achieve a debossed imprint?

Laser (Engraving)
Art or lettering is cut into a material by a laser beam that vaporizes the portion exposed through openings in a template.  It is ideal for metal and glass items and because it is a digital process can be used for personalizing products with individual names.

Pad Printing
Pad printing uses a silicone pad to transfer an image to a product from a laser etched printing plate. Pad printing is one of the most practical and popular ways of branding promotional products due to its ability to reproduce images on uneven or curved surfaces and print multiple colours in a single pass. Close PMS matches can be achieved on white surfaces but as the colour of the product gets darker the ability to match PMS colours diminishes.

Screen Printing
This involves forcing ink through a mesh screen with a squeegee onto the product or substrate and is excellent for large print areas on flat or cylindrical objects. Film positives are put in contact with the screens and exposed to light, hardening the emulsion not covered by film and leaving a soft area on the screen for the squeegee to press ink through. A different screen is needed for every colour in the design and each colour is applied separately requiring drying time in between.

Sublimation
Sublimation is achieved by heat transferring a digitally printed full colour image from a paper transfer to the product. This process can reproduce stunning, vivid, full colour graphics but makes reproducing PMS colours very difficult and in some cases impossible. Only certain surfaces and materials can be branded with sublimation printing.
 

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