Our Garment Printing & Production Techniques
Flex & Flock printing are both forms of heat press application, but can be applied on press for certain effects. Flex (also known as Vinyl) printing uses a soft garment vinyl, which is cut using a CAD cutter, placed on the garment and printed unto the shirt with the heatpress. This is the same process for flock except that the material used gives a 3D, velvet finish.
Heat transfers look sharp and bright because unlike screen printing, transfers sit on top of the garment. Thus, the base colour of the garment does not affect the design. Transfers work best with poly cotton and cotton garments as these fabrics allow us to set the heat press at a high temperature resulting in durable, long lasting quality.
When is it ideal to use Heat Transfer Printing?
- Individual names and numbers (Jerseys)
- Nylon Fabrics – Waterproofs, hi-vis jackets, umbrellas.
- One off samples for client meetings or press events.
- Multicoloured logos.
- 3M/’Glow in the dark’ designed prints.
- Flock effect – luxurious velvet-like pile transfer.
- Metallic Effect – high gloss metallic prints.
Custom transfer vinyls are printed designs for applying to substrates, primarily garments such as t-shirts, hoodies and polo shirts using a heat press machine to bond the custom heat transfer to the fabric.
Our custom-made, heat fusion transfers can be applied to almost any type of fabric and we offer a wide variety of finishes, including digital, ink-based, glitter and photo-quality, lithographic heat seal transfers.
Custom transfers are a popular alternative to silk-screen printing as it’s a much more cost-effective method of printing in low quantities and also gives the ability to print on demand as our custom transfers are manufactured so they are ready to be heat pressed straight onto the garment fabric.
You can also achieve special effects on custom transfers, such as a gloss or textured finish by the parchment paper used in its production or using special cover sheets, such as a non-stick cover sheet and gloss sheets, which are available for certain processes.
Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, Digital Direct To Garment printing, Digital Apparel Printing, and Inkjet to Garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modifed inkjet technology. The two key requirements of a DTG printer are a transport mechanism for the garment and specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the fibers.
Here are some features of Direct to Garment Printing
- Photo realistic printing for a truly beautiful finish.
- Ideal for low volume complex designs.
- Absolutely no limitation on colour or complexity. Uses the latest water based inks for a super soft finish.
- Perfect for the personalisation market.
- A great option for print-on-demand customers.
Screen Printing is a process using light-sensitive materials and film-positive images to print on garments and many othher materials. The image is placed on the screen and ink is pressed through the screen with a squeegee, and the print is created. Screen-printing is one of the best methods of printing to use when creating a large amount of merchandise due to its affordability.
This method is ideal for printing high-quantity t-shirt designs, because it guarantees ultimate replication of the design.
Embroidery is used on several garments including caps, hats, blankets, t-shirt, sweat shirts and others. It is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn colour. Perfect for creating pre- mium styles and intricate detail. Faithful precision with superior design detail. Endless choic- es, individual options and huge variety of colour.Bring your high-street fashion retail look to life.
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