Decorating Methods

Deboss

Decorating Method

Debossing is a technique used to imprint images onto a variety of materials such as paper, leather, or vinyl. In debossing, the area around the image is heat pressed with a metal die so that the image is pushed down into the substrate.

Emboss

Decorating Method

Embossing is the opposite decorating technique of debossing in that the image is pressed into the material so that the image raises from the surface. Also known as blind embossing the process can be used on various products such as textiles, paper, along with other materials like plastic, vinyl, or leather.

Laser Engraving

Decorating Method

Laser engraving is the process of using a laser to etch or mark the surface of a product. Advantages of laser engraving is the ability to be extremely precise. Stone, glass, metal, plastic, and other products using natural materials like apparel can all benefit from laser engraving. The other great thing with laser imaging a product is that the logo will never wear off or look bad.

Sand Carving

Decorating Method

Sand Carving or Deep Etching is similar to the process of using a laser. The difference is instead of only etching or marking the surface of the product you are creating a multi layered three dimension logo design into the product. Advantages of using this decoration is the ability to achieve a fantastic looking product everyone will love and cherish. The disadvantages are it’s a more costly and time consuming process and not meant for large volume runs.

Decals

Decorating Method

Decals are sometimes utilized on drinkware when tight registration or multiple color designs are used. Decals are generally hand Applied to the product. Decals often allow for a larger decorating area on many items. Decals offer the advantages of increased resolution, product application flexibility and tighter registration. There Is no difference in the final lasting permanence of a decal and between the direct screen process.

Glass-On-Glass

Decorating Method

Glass-On-Glass is a very special innovative decorating process applicable to most glass items. The result is similar to embossing or the “raised” effect, but saves the cost of a mold. Your design or brand appears as if it’s part of the glass. But the minimum order is 1008 pieces.

Nucleation

Decorating Method

Nucleation is the process of having your design laser etched into the bottom of your glass for a unique branding process. Laser etching creates more effervescence, or “bubble”, within your beverage by circulating the air in the glass. This allows your beverages to stay fresher longer.

Epoxy Dome

Decorating Method

With an Epoxy Dome the number of colors doesn’t matter so whether it will be a single color or a full color logo you can bet this high end looking decoration will look great on any product that you will put it on. This is also another decorating method that will last for a decade and still look as good as it did when it was first produced because of it being printed on a high end vinyl material and then coated with a thick layer of polyurethane.

Embroidery

Decorating Method

Embroidery is a very common and popular decorating method which involves the stitching of a design onto a fabric through the use of a high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machine. The design can be a single thread color or the use of multiple thread colors all within the same design.

Craft Stitch Embroidery

Decorating Method

Embroidery is a very common and popular decorating method which involves the stitching of a design onto a fabric through the use of a high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machine. The design can be a single thread color or the use of multiple thread colors all within the same design. This craft-stitch technique can be done with any color however, choosing a neutral thread will appear more natural and add to the hand-stitched look of the logo delivering a made just for me look to the recipient.

Sequin Embroidery

Decorating Method

Embroidery is a very common and popular decorating method which involves the stitching of a design onto a fabric through the use of a high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machine. The design can be a single thread color to the use of multiple thread colors all within the same design. With the use of a sequin thread color it can really allow your logo to stand out from the crowd.

Puff Embroidery

Decorating Method

Puff embroidery is the exact same process and decorating method as traditional embroidery in which you stitch the design onto a fabric through the use of a high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machine. The only difference is you apply a foam first so that you embroider over top of the foam which creates the three dimensional look and afterwards you peel away the excess foam for you finished look. The design is typically a single thread color with alarge bold type and/or design for the best results.

Embroidered Patch

Decorating Method

Doing an embroidered patch has become ever increasingly more popular. Whether you hand them out for people to adhere to the apparel or bag of their choosing or you are applying them to a predetermined product you can’t go wrong with this choice. Again, all the same process as standard embroidery however, this gives you a little more depth and dimension to the piece. It too can be a single thread color or multiple thread colors all incorporated into the same design.

Woven Patch

Decorating Method

A woven patch is almost identical in nature to an embroidered patch. The only difference is in the quality because it’s woven you can achieve much more fine detail in letters and artwork. Since this is the case a woven patch is typically a little more expensive and takes longer to produce. This too can be a single thread color or multiple thread colors all incorporated into the same design.

Woven Patch Labels

Decorating Method

A woven label decoration is a great solution for detailed logos or retail-looking external branding. Available in a variety of shapes and colors for placement on your chest, hem, back yoke or cuff. These labels are applied to garments by being embroidered on the desired location. The main consideration with this technique is the minimum order quantity of 300 pieces.

Screen Printing

Decorating Method

Screen printing is the direct imprinting of a design onto the surface of a product. Ink is applied through a fine screen leaving a color imprint. For each color it requires a separate screen. Typically when printing on a dark substrate you might have to do what is a double hit of ink. In other cases you might actually print white first before putting down the actual desired finished color. This allows for all the colors to be vibrant on the finished product. This would be the most common decorating technique used for printing on a tee-shirt.

Laser Tech Patch

Decorating Method

This technique produces an upscale branding option for jackets and other performance garments. Tech patches flex with the garment and can be designed in a variety of simple shapes. With the logo being lasered you will have a tonal mark on the patch making it subtle but an upscale addition.

Reverse Applique

Decorating Method

Reverse applique is similar to embroidery as it uses stitching to apply a piece of fabric or material after the area has been laser cut out allowing the exposed area to filled up contrasting material color. This decorating technique makes for a unique look and is most popular on a sweatshirt and/or hoodie. Although this process is part of the embroidering family you will find it to be more expensive because of the additional time required to produce the effect properly.

Tech Base Applique

Decorating Method

This applique process is also similar to embroidery as it uses stitching to apply a piece of fabric or material that has a pressure-sensitive or glue backing to a garment to create depth in a logo or design. This decorating technique makes for a unique look and is most popular on a sweatshirt, hoodie or coat. Although this process is part of the embroidering family you will find it to be more expensive because of the additional time required to produce the effect properly.

Rhinestone

Decorating Method

With rhinestone decoration singular or multi color logos can be achieved and are applied to products through the use of transfers. Your logo/design is first reverse applied using rhinestones onto a transfer paper after this process the transfer paper is placed in the proper location on the desired fabrics surface. After which it will be compressed in a heat press which attaches the rhinestones to the fabric. This process is ideal for bold bling look.

Sublimation

Decorating Method

Sublimation is a process that transfers an image from a piece of special paper to a polyester or acrylic surface using special heat-sensitive ink. When heat is applied to the piece of transfer paper the ink turns from a solid into a gas and permanently bonds within the fibers of the material/garment. Sublimation does not wash away or fade over time and also allows for unlimited color options with great detail. Typically this process is done in a large and/or all over print and is usually done flat thus it’s cut and sewn together after the design is printed.

Pad Printing

Decorating Method

Pad printing is an imprint method where your logo and/or image is burned onto a rubber pad. The typical surfaces that pad printing can be accomplished on are plastic, ceramic, glass and leather. Pad printing cannot be used on non-stick surfaces like silicone. Pad printing is typically one or two colors that doesn’t usually allow for tight color registration. Pad printing has been one of the most common decorating techniques for promotional products for years and years and can be used on virtually any product such as pens, golf balls and glass awards.

Digital Printing

Decorating Method

Digital printing also called “Direct to Garment”, “Direct to Substrate” or “Direct to Product” printing is becoming increasing popular because it allows for full color decoration with virtually no setup. The typical use for digital printing is small to medium run sizes because the process to decorate takes a lot longer than say pad and/or screen printing. The process uses an ink cartridge to print a logo/design directly onto a product.

Offset Printing

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses 4-color process inks Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y), and Black (K) to achieve a multi-colored design. The transparent inks are applied traditionally to a paper substrate in a dot format that uses half-tones which allows for the blending of colors to achieve the look of many colors, shading and fine details. Offset printing works on a very simple principle that ink and water don’t mix. Images (words and art) are burnt onto plates, which are dampened first by water, then ink. The ink adheres to the image area the water to the non-image area. Then the image is transferred to a rubber blanket and from the rubber blanket to paper. That’s why the process is called “offset” – the image does not go directly to the paper from the plates.

Hot Foil Stamp

Decorating Method

Hot foil stamping uses a heated die and usually a metallic foil although it doesn’t have to be metallic. The desired foil color comes of a role and is placed between the material being stamped and the hot metal die. Once the metal die strikes the surface of the foil that is in contact with the substrate being foil stamped the heat and pressure of the die allows for the foil to adhere to the intended material after the die is removed.

Heat Transfer

Decorating Method

With a heat transfer multi-color logos are applied to products through the use of transfers. Your logo/design is first reverse-screened onto a transfer paper after this process the transfer paper is placed in the proper location on the desired fabrics surface. After which it will be compressed in a heat press which attaches the printed transfer to the fabric. This process is ideal for colorful logo/designs with sharp lines.

Decal Transfer

Decorating Method

This decorating method is when the decal is printed on an offset or letterset press. The material is submerged in water and placed in the proper location on the product. Excess water and air bubbles are wiped or squeegeed off and the product is kiln-fired. This process fuses the decal with the glaze.

Die Mold Transfers

Decorating Method

With this upscale option you will be adding texture and dimension to your brands logo. This decoration method is great on performance garments of for larger logos with lots of detail. Die mold transfers can be applied to the same garments and in the same way as heat transfers in which the transfer paper is placed in the proper location on the desired fabrics surface. After which it will be compressed in a heat press which attaches the image to the fabric. The main consideration with this technique is the minimum order quantity of 300 pieces because of the cost of creating the die mold transfer you have high minimums.

Lenticular Printing

Decorating Method

Lenticular printing is the process of creating a multi-dimensional, animated, or bi-view effect by placing the appropriate plastic screen or lens over the printed piece in order to get the desired look. This is often refereed to as 3D printing but you don’t have to wear any 3D glasses because the lens is on the finished product so you only have to move the piece in order to see the product come to life.

Spot Color Traditional

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. If your company color was PMS 185 red everyone at any printing company would know exactly what color PMS 185 red was and could easily match. Unlike 4-color process in which dots are used to create colors with a PMS color the ink printed is a solid color.

Spot Color Distressed

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. A particular product can have as few as one PMS spot color or a multitude of PMS spot colors used for the graphics. In this instance the image is designed to have distressed or ghosted look.

Spot Color Vintage

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. A particular product can have as few as one PMS spot color or a multitude of PMS spot colors used for the graphics. In this instance the image is designed to have vintage look of feel.

Spot Color Metallic

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. A particular product can have as few as one PMS spot color or a multitude of PMS spot colors used for the graphics. In this instance the image can be printed using metallic ink or foil transfer.

Spot Color Crystalina

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. A particular product can have as few as one PMS spot color or a multitude of PMS spot colors used for the graphics. With this decorating technique you can make logos sparkle and shine with Crystalina to achieve a specialty effect looking like that of glitter.

Spot Color Neon

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. A particular product can have as few as one PMS spot color or a multitude of PMS spot colors used for the graphics. In this instance the image is printed using a neon ink color.

Spot Color Tone-on-Tone

Decorating Method

This method of printing uses a solid color referred to as a PMS color (Pantone Matching System). This is an industry wide color matching tool used to make sure color consistence is the same no matter who or where you get something printed. In this particular case the product is usually printed in one PMS color. In this instance the image is printed using a color that is the same or close to the same as the product itself creating this subtle tone on tone look.

Hang tags

Decorating Method

A tag attached to a garment or other piece of merchandise can contain information about the manufacturer, designer, the fabric or material used, care instructions and sometimes the price. We can also customize the hang tag to include AR, QR codes, company/event information, or even interactive data such as raffle tickets, discount coupons, etc.

Custom Mold

Decorating Method

A custom mold can be created to make about any type of product you can imagine using virtually any material that can be heated up into a liquid such as plastic, metal and even chocolate. In this case the liquid chocolate is poured into a 3D mold using your logo. The mold is shaken to remove air bubbles and sent to the cooling rack. Once fully cooled the finished product reveals your custom molded chocolate piece.

Metal Die Cast

Decorating Method

This process is when molten metal is injected into the cavity of a mold or die. Once the metal has hardened or cured the mold or die can be removed to reveal the product in which most cases will need to be polished, painted or assembled in some way in order for it to become the finished product.