The basic dye sublimation process uses special heat-sensitive dyes to print graphics, text and virtually any image onto special transfer paper.
Embroidery is a great solution for specific products and also to create that truly professional look.
Screen printing is the use of a stencil to apply layers of ink directly onto a product.
DIRECT TO FILM (DTF)
Direct to Film is a cost effective way to get high quality and soft feeling multi-colour prints on your apparel of choice.
3D Puff Embroidery / Debossing / Custom Patches
Custom Patches are a fantastic way to add texture and depth to your logo and custom items.
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The basic dye sublimation process uses special heat-sensitive dyes to print graphics, text and virtually any image onto special transfer paper. The paper is then placed on the pre-cut fabric pattern and both are placed into a heat press. When the heating cycle is completed, the image on the paper has been transferred to the fabric and has actually bonded with the fabric at the molecular level. There are no bumps, pulls and changes to the garment's feel.
Dye sublimation is always done on a polyester, polymer, or polymer-coated item, in the case of team uniforms either 100% or mostly polyester fabrics. At high temperatures, the solid dye vaporizes into a gas without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the pores of the polyester fabric and allows the dye vapour to enter. When the temperature cools, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state trapping the dye into the fibre of the fabric. It has now become a permanent part of the fabric.
A DYE impregnates colour into a material and this colour change is permanent. SUBLIMATION refers to the change from the solid, to the gaseous state without becoming liquid. DYE SUBLIMATION refers to solid dye particles that are changed into gas using heat and pressure, which then bond with any polymers present and change back into a solid.
Benefits of Dye-Sublimation
Dye sublimation is a process in which all uniform colours and design elements including logos, lettering, numbers, team names, sponsor logos, etc. are dyed directly into the fabric. Items also hold their performance values and are not restricted or blocked by external inks, patches or embroideries. This means the materials are lightweight and breathable.
Customization options with Dye-Sublimation are very expansive, far more than traditional stock or cut-and-sew garments. Colour options are also very extensive and allow a wider range of options to meet your brand and custom needs. We offer a full range of decoration services to help meet the look and feel you want out of your brand. We have spent years selecting the best decoration teams in the game to bring you the selection you want at the quality you expect. Reordering with dye-sublimation is also a breeze. While inline and stock custom items may change or go out of line because dye-sublimation is an art file you can order your designs again and again without worry.
One of the most popular decoration styles in Embroidery. The first step is your logo needs to be "digitized"; mapped out for an embroidery machine based on the intricacies of a logo & its colours. From there, the appropriate thread colours are chosen, and we provide you with a virtual sew out of what your embroidered logo will look like. Once approved your order is sent to the embroidery machines for completion. Embroidery is a great solution for specific products and also to create that truly professional look. Some ideal embroider items are”
Custom Hats, Toques and Headwear
Custom Fleece Tops and Bottoms
Custom Backpacks and Bags
Custom Towels, Blankets, Scarves and more
Benefits of Embroidery
- The detailed design creates a high perceived value and professionalism
- Repeats require less setup and costs versus other decoration methods
- There is an added texture and style to the products
- More durable and resistant to weather and washing than other decoration methods.
Screen printing is the use of a stencil to apply layers of ink directly onto a product. The decoration method provides great versatility so it can be used on a wide variety of items.
Also known as silk screen printing, it’s the most cost-effective for large quantities of decorations or custom product runs. This decoration type is ideal for t-shirts, jerseys, polyesters fabrics and more. While inks allow for great flexibility in matching your perfect logo and design colours, due to the use of stencils it is recommended for cost and quality to use four colours or less. Items ideal for screen printing include:
Custom Hoodies and Fleece
Custom Jerseys and Uniforms
Benefits of Screen Printing
- Cost effective for large custom apparel and product orders
- Extremely versatile in ink colours and designs
- Inks are more vibrant making your logo more visible than a digital print
Direct to Film (DTF) involves printing a design onto a piece of specialized film using water based inks and a special powder adhesive. This film is then heat transferred to fabric using a heat press machine and creates a print that is buttery soft to the touch. This printing method is durable and the designs come out very detailed and vibrant.
Items ideal for Direct to Film are:
- Custom Shirts
- Custom Activewear
- Custom Hoodies and Fleece
- Custom Jackets
- Custom Backpacks and Bags
Benefits of Direct to Film are:
- No set-up costs and low minimums
- Cost effective for full colour logos on small production runs
- Quicker turn around times
Custom Patches are a fantastic way to add texture and depth to your logo and custom items. Patches can be applied to your product in a few ways. Frist your logo is debossed on a leather patch and the patch is embroidered on the product. Second, an embroidered patch of your logo is created and attached via a heat transfer.
3D Puff Embroidery is done by a foam pad, or “puff” being placed onto your product and having an embroidery machines sew an outline of your design, or essentially, blanketing the puff foam with textile. Once complete your have a 3D design that sets your product apart. 3D Embroidery or Custom Patches are perfect for:
Custom Toques (patches only)
Custom Workwear (patches only)
Custom Backpacks & Bags (patches only)
Benefits of Patches
- Extremely professional and elegant looking
- Very sturdy and longer lasting than embroidery
- Three dimensional effect that created texture and depth
- Three dimensional effect that created texture and depth
Benefits of 3d Embroidery
- Extremely durable and long lasting
- More noticeable and strong logo design
- Stylish and sophisticated
Similar to screen printing, digital printing is ideal for logos that require higher levels of details and colours. Common with graphics or logos that require greater details like gradients or picture like qualities, digital printing is similar to sublimation where inks are injected into the product.
DTG allows the printing of extremely detailed images, and that’s one of many reasons it’s been chosen by so many designers and creatives, sparking something of a revolution within the printing and merchandise industries. Just make sure to follow our recommendations on file size and colours, and create with ease
DTG Garments require no setup and can be printed almost immediately, unlike other traditional printing methods, such as screen printing. This is a huge advantage, as small orders can be created and shipped almost immediately, ordered in small quantities, and it makes it easy to product fill-in orders. DTG generally only works on cotton-based materials which limits your product selection.