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DECORATION METHODS

There are a variety of different methods of decoration we use, depending on the size and shape and material of the products and the size, format  and color requirements of the logo to be used.

 

  Embroidery  
                                                                                                 

Used for a fabric based product- this involves machine stitching your design onto a textile, usually a rayon thread however there are many variations of thread and thread colour available.

Embroidery is charged on "stitch count", which means the number of stitches to replicate your logo or image. The more complex the logo or image, the greater the stitch count and therefore the cost. Your artwork (vector preferably) is digitized and the electronic file instructs the machine. Not good for fine detail or small font sizes (less than 4mm)

Artwork required Vector

         
  Screen Printing
 
   
 
Screen printing or silk screening is a printing technique particularly suited for flat or relatively flat surfaces, and ideal for large solid areas of colour.
A screen that is exposed like a photo negative with your logo or image is used and a squeegee pushes ink through the unexposed areas leaving your logo on the product.
This is repeated per colour therefore the cost will depend on the number of colours used in the design, therefore is costed on a "per colour" basis. If you choose to print a light colour on a dark surface, you may require a white coat to be printed twice. This will add to the number of colours being printed. With screen printing there is generally a set up fee of $60.00+gst per colour, per position. Not good for fine lines and half tones.
 
Artwork should be supplied in vector format.
   
  Laser Engraving      
 

Laser Engraving produces a permanent finish where the logo or artwork is etched into the product, this is a particularly popular and effective method for metalic promotional products such as metal key rings, metal pens, travel mugs etc. The engraved area contrasts tonally from the background creating an effective and stylish finish, the effect varies with the materials used.

Would recommend sampling prior to order. There is generally a flat set up fee of $80.00+ gst for laser engraving. Can produce variable data (ie individual names). Limitations: Size of branding is limited on curved surfaces. Fine detail can be lost.

Artwork should be supplied in vector format.

   
   Pad Printing

     
 
Pad Printing
Pad Printing uses a silicone pad etched with the branding by a laser printing plate.  Ink is then applied via the print pad to the product surface.  
One of the most common and affordable methods, it can be used on uneven or smaller curved products and you can print multiple colours in one pass. 
This does however require a curing period and minor distortion can occur on curved products or uneven surfaces.  Suitable for metallics.
It’s application and set up is also charged per colour and usually costs around $80.00+gst.      Artwork in Vector format.
             
                             
         
   Digital Printing

     
 
Digital Transfer
Images are printing digitally onto special transfer paper and then heat pressed onto the product.
Cost effective for spot and full colour reproduction and even suitable for textured fabrics.  
Has a matt finish, generally clear and crisp imaging and will not fade under normal circumstances. 
Can print variable data. One set up charge only S
Limitations can alter slight PMS colour and no metallic.
Can leave a glue line around the edges.
Artwork either Bitmap or Vector format
             
                             
         
   Direct and Rotary Digital

     
 
Direct to product digital printing involved the transfer of UV ink directly from the inkjet printer heads and can produce full colour branding or spot colour
It is ideal for complex colour prints and even large areas.
Ideal for printing on dark colours as white ink can be printed under artwork.
Colours are normally vibrant although PMS colours sometimes approximate. No metallics.
Only one set up cost is incurred however it is an expensive alternative and production speed is longer.
There may be join marks on round (rotary) objects.
Artwork in Vector or Bitmap.
             
                             
         
   Digital Labels

     
 
Artwork is produced and digitally printed on a vinyl decal and applied to the promotional merchandise using a heat transfer process.
This method is commonly used when there are too many colours or the logo is too complex to screen print.
There is no set up charge and artwork is charged on the quantity being transferred and the size of the logo or image.

 

Digital adhesive labels are used to brand products that cannot be branded by any other method.
Good for full colour images and can print variable data. The branding can bleed off the edges of the label.
One set up cost only.

A 3mm bleed should be added to the artwork if it bleeds off the product.
             
                             
         
   Resin Coated Finish

     
 
This is done by printing artwork onto a vinyl material and then coating it with a crystal clear resin. Once dry the finished decal is applied to the product and the adhesive forms a permanent bond.

 

Can print variable date and requires only one set up charge.
Limitations: expensive for large areas. Approximate PMS colours. Requires drying time and metallics unavailable.

 

Artwork either Bitmap or Vector format A 3mm bleed should be added if artwork bleeds off the product.
             
                             
         
   Sublimation Printing

     
 
Sublimation Printing is a heat dye process where the image is permanently impregnated into the fibers of the products surface, preferably white in colour.
There is no ink build up so it looks like part of the fabric.
Sublimation is most commonly used on items that have a special coatings on them or fabrics like in polyester sports clothing, mouse matts, stubby holders etc.
Generally, the sublimation process of logos being transferred onto the fabric will need to happen prior the product being manufactured or sewn together.
Sublimation is popularly used as this method does not peel, crack or fade over time. The set up costs depend on the artwork and product involved.
There can be bleeding on large images and only approximate PMS colors can be reproduced.
Artwork in either Bitmap or Vector.
             
                             
         
   Debossing

     
 
Debossing is achieved by pressing a hot engraved metal plate or relief die onto the surface of a promotional product producing a permanent image recessed into the products surface. Suitable for Vinyl, leather, cardboard or paper. Set up costs are more expensive but are not applicable for repeat orders as the plate can be kept.
Vector artwork is required for this.
This can be left unfilled or
Hot Stamping
Using the system of debossing, a metallic or colored foil full colour digital print can be applied to leather, vinyl or paper promotional product surfaces. This system is expensive but allows tones of colour and complex logos to be reproduced exactly.
             
                             
         
   

 

Die-casting of

A 3 dimensional die is cut from a block of steel. Molten metal or plastic is injected into the die mold cavity.

This system of manufacture is ideal for high end custom molded corporate gift ideas.

 

Die-striking

Production of coins, medallions and stamped promotional badges and other flat metal promotional products is achieved by striking a blank metal sheet with a hammer or stamp.

The pattern on the die is transferred to the meal surface.

 

Offset Printing

Like traditional printing systems used to print high volume paper outputs this system of printing promotional products involves the transfer of ink from a metal printing plate to a rubber-covered cylinder and is generally used on more complex artwork of high volume production runs of branded items.

 

ARTWORK

We also suggest that you provide your correct PMS colours so we replicate the correct colours and create all fonts to outlines.
Please refer to our Pantone chart if you are having trouble deciding on your Pantone colours.
Please note that pantone colours can vary from print to computer screen. This is a guide only.

 

Accepted Artwork File Formats

We require Vector Artwork either as a Hi -res PDF, and EPS or an AI.  

What is Vector Artwork?  Vector graphics are created from points, lines, shapes and curves that are based on mathematical formulas.  These elements are filled with colour, blends, tints or gradients and lines have a stroke attribute such as a solid or dashed line with different thicknesses and colour. This makes it easy to reproduce and enlarge wilhout loosing quality and definition.

Raster Artwork  ie a jpeg or png use pixels (small dots or squares of colour) to create an overall image.  Raster graphics are also referred to an a bitmap file  They do not transition well from computer programe to programme.

  

 

 


 

If you are unable to supply your artwork in one of the above formats we are able to organize a redraw or modification the artwork that you do have.
This cost will depend on the quality of the artwork you are able to supply and the time our designers work on your artwork.
A quote will be provided for your consideration prior to beginning any work.

 

All jobs will have an Official Order Confirmation form sent via email for your sign off prior to moving forward and into production. To ensure timely
delivery and production of your job please approve or advise of artwork changes within 48 hours of receiving your confirmation.

 

 

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