Full Rich Color!
You may benefit from a different textile decorating option.
Are you getting the most out of your branding? Sometimes knowing your options can make a big difference in the end product. Our company can screen print, create a full-color transfer and even embroider your logo on just about any garment you can imagine... Each process has its own pros and cons, but our knowledgeable reps are always ready to help you get the most out of your product.

We usually decorate the flat panel of fabric before the product is manufactured for better quality and efficiency.
Screen printing
Screen Printed Example
Full color digital transfers
Light Transfer on a shirt example
Embroidery
Embroidery Example
Screen Printing
Screen printing

While advancements in digital printing accelerate everyday, the standard screen printing is still a superior process depending on the material you’re using and the end result you want to achieve. The screen printing process is incredibly flexible, and there is very little that we cannot screen print.
Screen Printed Example
Pros:
  • Color matching and consistency - PMS color matching is much easier. Digital processes can shift colors from print to print where screen printing is pretty consistant from print to print.
  • Dimension - puff inks can give your design extra dimension!
  • Durable - screen printed designs are usually more durable than heat press or digital designs, due to the technique of laying down thick layers of ink which are absorbed by the material, leading to enhanced durability, especially when a product will be under direct contact with sunlight.
  • High print volume - the more you print, the lower the overall cost becomes.
  • Print material - works on cotton, poly cotton, nylon, muslin, foam, supported vinyl, felt, dimpled felt.
  • Special colors - print metallic, fluorescent, reflective, and even glow-in-the-dark colors with screen printing.
Cons:
  • Limited color - screen printing is not the best option if your design consists of a lot of colors; each color requires a new screen made and this impacts the price significantly.
  • Screens - there are set ups for each color. Each color is applied separately, so each color needs a separate screen, so the cost higher per additional color.
  • Seams - placing a screen print over a seam, such as on a six panel ball cap, can break the design up.
  • Set up time - the common set up for screen printing involves splitting design into usable colors and then creating a fine-mesh screen for each of those colors to transfer onto the print material with ink. Screen printing is much more complicated CMYK digital printing, but because we produce the screens in-house, turn around is much higher than plastisol or sublimation processes.
  • Simple designs - this option is great for large designs consisting of 1 or 2 colors. Gradients can also be achieved and leave you with a crisp, sharp design. Vector images are preferred.
Transferring Process
Four types of full color digital transfers we can produce:
Transfers are a great choice if you are printing a limited run of items, and have a lot of different colors or detailed lines in your design. We offer four different types of transfers.
CMYK vs. process colors:

CMYK image data is divided into Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Blac K when printed. When using process colors, like screen printing, we sometimes have to use half-tone dots, depending on the design and when examined up close, this can degrade the fidelity of your overall image. Most transfers however do not have this problem and are suitable for close scrutiny.
Light Transfer on
Poly-Cotton Twill
Light transfers are cheaper than the opaque versions, and work wonderfully on white or very light colored fabrics. We keep this grade transfer in stock.
Light Transfer on
Off-White Natural Cotton
Light transfers are on natural cotton gives a rustic, distressed look. Any color under a light transfer will show through the transfer.
Opaque Transfer on
Off-White Natural Cotton
Opaque transfers won't show the fabric beneath; a great option for dark colored fabrics and if you have a square or rectangle design.
5.) Other digital prints
Embroidery example
Embroidery
Send your art in, and we can digitize it for you. There is a set up fee associated with this service. If you have your own DST file, we may be able to use it, and waive that fee. Our embroidery pricing is for designs that are 5000 stitches. Please call for larger design sizes.
Pros:
  • Dark Colors - embroider your logo onto any color.
  • Dimension - 3d puff embroidery is available. Having a puff design makes for a very professional look. Our reps are happy to price out your puff-out design.
  • DST file - we can use your DST file as long as it's approved by our art department.
  • Crosses over seams - Great for six panel ball caps!
Cons:
  • Design - you need to have a design with line art in mind. Gradients are difficult to pull off. Vector images are preferred.
  • Minimum - we have a strict minimum of 24 pcs.
Raster vs Vector example
Art Files: Raster images vs. vector art:

There are 2 kinds of art, generally speaking, that you can create on a computer: Raster and Vector art.

The type that you are probably most familiar with is Raster. Most of the images on the web are raster images. The way a raster image is set up is like a mosaic; blocks or pixels of color next to one another. When you step back, these series of pixels are interpreted as a complete image, however if you zoom in enough, the picture will become fuzzy, or the series of pixels you started with, depending on the software you're using to view the image. When you use a digital camera or use an image scanner, the image that is produced is a raster image. Most of the images you see on the web are JPG, which is a lossy file fype. To save space, lossy file formats use an algorithm to approximate the colors in the image; the higher the compression, you will see more artifacts in your image, and if you save your jpg multiple times, you may get a worse image each time.

Vector on the other hand, can be thought of as a "connect-the-dots" image. When you manipulate a line in 2 dimensional space, the line is still a line and does not get fuzzy or pixelated, no matter how close you zoom in on it. This makes it useful in three different ways; we can increase the size of an image without having the image getting blurry or blocky like a mosaic, separating colors is much easier, and there usually isn't any compression degradation. You can also spin the image without degrading the image, where with a raster image, if you spin an image in anything other than 90 degree increments, the computer needs to rearrange and mix the pixels in odd ways, which may degrade your final product.

Illustrator is what is used to edit vector images mainly, and Photoshop mainly edits raster images, but both programs can incorporate both raster and vector elements. There are free programs like Inkscape, or cheaper alternatives to Adobe's products, such as Corel Draw or Affinity Designer, that will allow you to create vector images, but please be advised that there may be some obstacles to overcome, depending how the RIP software interacts with Adobe's RIP software. Please send AI or EPS files. While we accept high resolution raster art for Light Transfers, Opaque Transfers, Dye-Sublimation, and other Digital Prints, we ask for vector images for all other types of decoration.
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