Application and Print Methods
Items such as business cards, leaflets, posters, presentation folders etc are printed using cutting edge Offset Lithographic and Digital printers. Offset Litho is a method of printing at an industrial scale in which inks are transferred onto aluminium plates to make an impression. Unlike Offset Litho, the digital process does not require the use of plates and so it offers an earlier and faster method of printing.
Embroidered clothing is a perfect solution for several purposes, the most popular of which being used by employers to give their workforce a strong identity and help to promote their brand.
With this technique when adding a logo to your garment via embroidery, an embroidery hoop is placed onto the garment and backing fabric is applied to the logo area. This ensures that the garment is secure while the logo is stitched. Occasionally, this process may leave a mark on the garment but is nothing that can’t be easily rubbed or washed off. The actual embroidery process is carried out by a computerised embroidery machine. Your logo is digitised and submitted to the embroidery machines. We use only ISACORD threads and industry leading embroidery machines to guarantee the highest quality result.
In terms of suitability, embroidery tends to work best on polo shirts, business shirts/blouses, aprons/tabards, jackets & headwear.
DTG, or Direct to Garment print, is a method that sees a printer directly apply ink to the garment. A fixing agent is applied to the garments before they go into production to help the colour adhere to the garments. Due to this, the garments will often need to be washed before they are worn the first time to take away the slight smell of the fixing agent. This type of customisation is best for complex logos and multiple colours, typically used for one off, full colour jobs needed with a fast turnaround. This type of print works particularly well with t-shirts and hoodies.
Another application solution used to print on a garment is by transfer, the best way to think of transfer is comparable to the names and numbers on the back of a football shirt. A sheet of vinyl is carefully cut into the specific shape of your logo or design, the remaining design is then flipped and finally heat sealed onto the garment using a heat press.
A vinyl transfer is great for less complex designs with low colours, typically a logo with 1 colour would be applied with this method. This process works well for relatively low quantity orders. Vinyl transfer is suitable for the majority of garments (apart from fleece and wool) we recommend this process for Hi-Vis garments.