Imprinting Methods We Use

 

When your brand logo, slogan, company name or advertising message is put on a promotional product, it's called an imprint. The product it's put on usually determines the imprinting method used. Let's look at the 13 most common processes:

Debossing: The image is depressed into a material such as paper, leather or suede, so the image sits below the product surface.

 

Decal transfer: The decal is printed on an offset or letterset press, submerged in water and placed on the product. Excess water and air is squeegeed off and the product is kiln-fired, a process that fuses the decal with the glaze. Most often seen on glass, china, porcelain and ceramic products.

 

Die-casting: Molten metal is injected into the cavity of a carved die (a mold).

 

Die-striking: A method of producing emblems and other flat promotional products. A blank, cut from a metal sheet, is struck with a hammer that holds the die.

 

Embedments: Materials such as a product replica, for example, are suspended in a clear substrate, usually Lucite(r).


 

Embossing: The raising of an image on a product, accomplished by pressing the material between concave and convex dies.

 

 

Embroidery: A design stitched into fabric through the use of high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machines.  A digitized tape is needed to embroidery

 


Engraving:   Cutting an image into metal, wood or glass by one of three methods - computerized engraving, (cutting or engraving) hand tracing or hand engraving.

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Etched: An image is covered with a protective coating that resists acid. The image is then exposed, leaving bare metal and protected metal. The acid attacks only the exposed metal, leaving the image etched onto the surface.

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Hot Stamping: A dry imprinting process in which a design or type is set on a relief die that is subsequently impressed with heat and pressure onto the printing surface.

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Offset Lithography: A printing process in which the image is transferred to a rubber blanket, which in turn applies it to the surface to be printed.

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Pad Printing: A recessed surface is covered with ink. When the plate is wiped clean, ink remains in the recessed areas. A silicone pad then presses against the plate, pulls the ink out of the recesses, and presses it directly onto the product.

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Screenprinting: An image is transferred to the printed surface by ink squeegeed through a stenciled screen stretched over a frame. Screens are treated with a light-sensitive emulsion, then film positives are put in contact with the screens and exposed to light. The light hardens the emulsion not covered by the film, leaving a soft area on the screen for the squeegee to force ink through. Also called silkscreening.  Decorative inks are available to make your logo or unique design really stand out. Specialty inks like liquid silver and liquid gold*, clear soft-hand and crystalina add unique effects to a design.

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Direct On Garment Digital Printing:

A 4-color process of printing directly from a computer file onto a garment. The image is printed directly on the garment so the image will feel much softer than a screen printed garment

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Laser Appliqué, Laser Etching and Reverse Appliqué
A unique laser system that specializes in etching, appliqué letters, appliqué logo design and reverse appliqué has added to the extensive list of in-house embellishment services. This advanced machine can decorate up to 24 garments in one pass as well as greatly increases the creative options and efficiency when working with appliqué and appliqué lettering

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Laser etching on Garments and Fleece:  a versatile technique that allows us to decorate "outside the box" when etching on garments or fleece items like blankets.

 Our lasers are programed to burn a layer of the material to give a tone on tone look

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Woven Thread:

We use the jacquard weaving process with fabrics like cotton where a design is created in the weaving process by using colored threads

 

 

Dye Sublimation:  as a process is really very simple. It is the method of applying an full color image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Just like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals, etc. requires a special coating to accept the sublimation inks.