Vinyl printing is generally limited to simple text and designs. A single-colour print is the norm but we can overlay different colours of vinyl to produce some clever effects. The artwork is required in a vector format which is produced in a software package such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw; this artwork format produces the design in lines as opposed to pixels as in a jpeg image.
Once the artwork has been cut, we then take away the unwanted vinyl, this process is called weeding and can be very time consuming and delicate if the design has fine detail. This is why Vinyl is only really good for lettering and simple one-colour designs.
Once the weeding has been done we are left with the design on its backing paper. We then transfer that onto the garment, this is done using an industrial heat press. This allows us to apply pressure and a temperature of 160c. Once this has been applied the backing paper is removed.
Vinyl comes in many different formats, such as metallic, fluorescent, flock and reflective colours. It can be as durable as screen printing – it can be washed up to 60c without any colour loss, so can be a good option for work clothing that needs hot washes. Some Vinyl is designed to stretch so is a great option for sports clothing including leggings. Vinyl gives a smooth even finish with crisp edges, but can look like it has been stuck on compared to screen printing which absorbs into the fabric.
Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a film is used to expose light sensitive emulation to produce the screen. Then, with the use of a squeegee, ink is moved across the screen to fill the areas of open mesh and hand pulled back across the screen to force the ink through the holes onto the fabric and produce the final print. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens are used to produce a multicolored image or design.
We use screen printing for large quantities and complex designs with fine detail. We use a manual carousel with a capacity to print up to 4 colours. These machines have a capacity to print about 300 t-shirts an hour. These machines are used for large fashion runs, large print on t-shirts and promotional clothing.
Once the screen is set up you don’t have to pay for it again and remember, we only need a minimum of 10 units for a re-order. We use Plastisol which is an oil based ink and the most commonly used ink in screen printing because it is easy to use and durable! This is great for printing bright & opaque colours onto light & dark garments. Screening results in garments that aren’t as soft to the touch as DTG printing as the layer of ink feels heavier.
We offer full colour DTG printing using our top-of-the-range RJET 4 & 5 printers. Direct to Garment Printing works in a similar way to a desktop inkjet printer you probably have at home, but they are bigger and print directly onto the garment itself rather than paper.
The garment is coated in a pre-treatment that adheres the ink to the fabric. The result is exceptionally high quality printing and visually stunning artwork that won’t fade easily in the wash. ‘It’s also soft to the touch as the ink is embedded in the fibres of the garment.
Unlike screen printing where you will pay per colour with DTG printing you could have a single colour, or 100 colours in your design and the price will remain the same. Originally it was better suited to light garments as white ink was not available – but using the latest technology we are now able to offer full colour printing onto dark garments too. However, we do recommend ordering a sample before placing any large orders so you can see the quality for yourself.
Your garments will be printed with the finest inks available on the market. We use UK manufactured, water-based Resolute Ink for all our DTG printing.
Our maximum print area is 35x45cm
Folding | Bagging | Tagging | Labeling
We offer a bespoke packing service, you can create your own swing tags, neck labels etc. We will pack the item in a see through polythene bag, any promotional material can be added at this point, ready for resale or personalized gift. If you would like to know more information about this particular service then please contact us