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Decoration Methods Explained

Decals

Generally used on ceramics and glassware, the most common product using decals are coffee mugs. The mugs must be fired in an oven to seal the decal onto the product which can sometimes mean that there is variation in the colour. The benefit of decals is that it is a durable form of decoration on these surfaces.

Digital Transfers

This method can produce full colour high quality photographic images on garments. The benefits of digital transfers are that they can be used for intricate designs which have lots of gradients of colours.

Hot Stamp

A metal stamp is made to impress a relief image of the logo onto the surface of a leather or leather-look product such as diaries, compendiums and wallets. The benefits of a debossed logo are that it’s a subtle way of using the brand on a product and it becomes a permanent part of the product.

Embroidery

The logo or text is stitched onto the garment and is often used for clothing, caps and bags. The benefits of embroidery are that it is a permanent part of the product once applied and creates a stylish impression on the product. Foil Stamping Most commonly used to imprint a gold or silver logo onto a leather or leather-look product such as diaries, compendiums and wallets. The benefits of foil stamping are that it creates a stylish impression on the product.

Laser Engraving

A laser is used to engrave the logo or text on to the surface of the product, which can be metal, wood, plastic and leather. The benefit of using laser engraving is that it is a permanent part of the product once applied and will not come off the product.

Pad Printing

This method of decoration is generally used for small fine detail prints and is generally used on metal and plastic surfaces on products such as pens, golf balls, clocks and calculators. The benefit of pad printing is that it is very cost effective.

Plastisol Transfers

Plastisol transfers are heat applied on to the product. The benefits of plastisol prints are that they can provide fine detail logos on promotional products.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is most commonly used for printing larger areas on clothing, bags and textiles such as towels, tea towels, etc. Screen printing produces strong vibrant colour prints at a high production rate and therefore making it a cost effective print solution.

Sublimation Printing

A transfer is heat applied to the product to permanently embed a 4 colour image into the texture of the material which is generally polyester. Sublimation cannot be used on any product containing cotton. The benefits of using sublimation are that it can provide fine detail logos on promotional clothing, mouse mats and caps.

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