There are a number of factors that determine what method will be used in the production of your garment. Quantities of five or more will generally be screen printed. Single garment orders or orders with less than six garments are almost always produced using some form of Digital Printing. There are certain special instances that will not fall into these specific guidelines. If the imprint area exceeds the printable area of our screen printing equipment, the garments will be produced via Digital Printing regardless of quantities.
Spot Color printing may use one or multiple colors. Spot colors provide excellent color consistency and solid coverage.They also work great for distressed designs. Blending and shading can be done using spot colors and the shirt color can be a useful part of the design. We have a good selection of stock colors to choose from or we can custom match colors for you. The most common type of screenprint for garments.
4-Color Process, called Process Color or Full Color printing, is blending CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) transparent inks on the shirt is the “Process” by which many other colors can be created. White ink is required for process printing on colored shirts and spot colors can also be added to enhance a process print. Process printing is used when a wide range of colors and shades or something approaching photographic realism is required for the design.
Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Commercial embroidery designs are “digitized” with embroidery software and stitched with an automated embroidery machine. Embroidery is commonly used for business shirts, hats, gifts and team apparel.
Heat Press Vinyl
Heat Press Vinyl is a thin film with an adhesive backing that is applied to a garment/fabric. It is a good, economical way to put individual names and numbers on a garment or to do small quantities of some simpler designs. We have an inventory of standard athletic block-style letters and numbers in common sizes and colors. Custom letter styles or other artwork can be computer cut to order. Bold designs generally work well, but intricate designs, including small lettering, may not be possible. More than one color may be used, but photos or designs with any kind of shading are not reproducible with heat press vinyl. Many colors and finishes are available including glitter, patterns, textures and metallic effects.
Polyester color dyes are printed onto sublimation paper using a photo quality electronic printer, the dry dye is then transferred to the garment. There is no film layer applied to the garment, the process literally dyes the polyester fabric so you can’t even feel the print. Sublimation transfers are a relatively quick & easy way to put a photo or other complex images on polyester garments or other polyester substrates. As with clear transfer films it is used for white or light colored garments. The garment color will be seen in the design and affect the colors. Dark garments are not suitable. Image detail & washability are excellent.