Print Types

Types of printing we use with Pros and Cons for each.

 

 

Flock Printing.

Flock is a printing technique where the design is cut from a coloured foil and then pressed onto the shirt under high heat. A flock print has a velvety, fuzzy surface. The foil (0.5 mm) is somewhat thicker than flex (vinyl), which causes the design to appear slightly elevated from the apparel and results in the plush feel. The colours have a soft glow to them.

Pros

Flock designs retain their vibrant colour after many washes and years.

Give a high quality feel to the garment.

Very cost effective on small runs or one off garments.

Flock can also be used on other materials (e.g. polyester or spandex) where there is a very high contrast between the materials which accentuates the design exceptionally.

Cons

Only 3 colours per design.

Small intricate design can not be achieved.

Large designs on thinner materials (e.g. t-shirts) are not comfortable to wear as the foil is thick and less flexible.

Sublimation Printing.

Sublimation involves the printing of images and/or text onto sublimation paper, using Dye-Sublimation inks. We use a Ricoh A3 printer which is the best on the market give far superior colour definition than other printer. The print is sometimes produced in a mirrored format as high temperatures and low to high pressure needs to be applied to the printed image to transfer it onto a prepared sublimation item. This process will change the ink from a solid state to a gaseous form, allowing the penetration of the sublimation item with the gas, which then creates a solid, colourful and long lasting image. The sublimated item is then hard wearing, and tougher than most other personalised printed items, that generally print onto the surface of an item, rather than penetrate it.

Polyester and polymer coated products create a sublimation items, that then enables the sublimation process above to take place.

 

Pros

A cost effective way of producing full colour items on small runs.

Full colour logo and photos can be produced on dark items if we sublimate onto Subli Flock.

The print is very long lasting and durable.

There are large selections of items that can be printed using sublimation.

Can be washed at high temperatures and ironed over.

No setup costs if your provide full artwork.

Print can be direct from a good quality JPG of your image.

 

Cons

Sublimation needs a white or light background to bring out the full colour.

Maximum size we can use is A3.

Full colour logo and photos on dark items when using subli flock is us for small designs only.

T-shirt has to be 100% polyester on the printable area.

 

Screen Printing.

 

Screen printing involves making a black and white hardcopy of the print image on a vellum paper or transparent film. Next a screen is selected and coated with a UV sensitive emulsion. The hardcopy is then placed on the screen and exposed in ultraviolet light for about 3.5 minutes. Once exposed the screen is power washed removing the emulsion hidden by the black image on your hardcopy, then the screen is placed in a rack to dry.

Now you can finally start the screen print process.
For each colour in your design, there will be a separate screen needed.
The screen is loaded onto the actual screen printing turn style and the non print areas are masked off with tape. Ink is then loaded onto the screen evenly across the top of the design.
The garment is loaded onto the pallet and the screen lowered onto the garment. Next pull the squeegee from top to bottom applying even pressure. The ink will transfer thru the open mesh area and onto your garment.
Finally the garment must be put into a curing oven to dry.
A lot of work to print a one colour shirt design


Pros

Printing can be applied to most fabrics.

Very hardwearing.

 

Cost effective on 100 or more items.

 

Cons

 

Each colour used will be charged a setup cost, making more than one colour print to have high setup costs.

 

Not good for small runs.