Vinyl printing is our newest method we introduced in 2009 to accommodate small print orders. Vinyl which is cut to produce a design and then heat applied to the garments.
Vinyl printing is a method of printing that is generally limited to a 1 colour print. The artwork is required in a vector format which is produced in a software package called Corel Draw. This artwork format produces the design in lines as opposed to pixels as in a jpeg image.
The artwork is sent in mirror image to the vinyl cutter, which is very much like a large printer, however instead of using ink it uses a blade. Once the image has been etched into the vinyl, the vinyl can then be removed from the cutter. The excess vinyl surrounding the image can be weeded (removed) from the backing sheet. Once this has removed, you will be left with your design.
The design is now ready to be applied to the garment using a heat press.
Screen printing (also known as silk screen printing) is one of the oldest methods of printmaking.
The process involves creating an image on a screen of porous mesh, traditionally made of silk. A roller or squeegee is used to pull paint-like ink over the stencil, forcing it through the mesh onto the garment being printed. Unlike the inks used in some other forms of printing, screen printing ink sits right on the surface of your garments, resulting in incredibly rich, vibrant color.
Plastisol Transfers are basically screen printed designs that are printed on a special heat transfer (release) paper instead of screen printing the design directly to a garment. Once the design is screen printed onto the paper, the printed heat transfer papers are shipped to you so you can put them on t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc with a heat press.
Your design is digitised using different stitching techniques (fill, satin, running) and then specialised machinery is used to stitch the finished design onto the garment. This process is particularly suitable for certain types of clothing including fleeces, polos, jackets and wool based garments e.g. hats and jumpers. We can even originate the artwork for you.
We can help you design a brand new logo from an initial concept or design or digitally re-create an existing logo. There may be a supplementary charge for this depending on time and level of complexity involved.