PRINTING METHODS

What is the silkscreen?

Silk-screen printing is one of the most popular printing techniques, and is the most-used by companies when printing designs onto products of different sizes and materials. It has been used for more than 100 years in the commercial and artistic sector and is mainly used for printing images and designs on T-shirts, tote bags, paper, wood, ceramics and other materials.

How does silkscreen printing work?

In order to print using the silk-screen printing technique, different materials are used. To start with, the printing frame is created, or rather, the design is printed onto a sheet so that the ink can be transferred.

The frame is placed on the T-shirt and with the help of a scraper the colours are screened (one layer for each colour, up to a maximum of four colours). Whenever applying a layer with the frame ink, it is left to dry and then can be used for another application.

In spite of its craftsmanship in recent years, silk-screen printing has become more modern, and there is now ink and machinery available that enables us to obtain results of superfine quality.
For this reason, nowadays there are more and more companies that decide to opt for silk-screen printing when creating T-shirts and other items with their logo.

Silkscreen printing is recommended for designs of up to four spot colours. For example, logos, phrases and simple graphic designs. For short runs and more complex printouts such as photographs or designs with gradations, digital printing is recommended.

What are the benefits of silkscreen printing?

  • Excellent quality-price ratio for large print runs
  • Perfect colour reproduction
  • Durability of personalised items
  • Printouts that are resistant to many washing procedures

What is the Roland Print and Cut?

Roland Print and Cut is the ultimate time and effort-saving machine, giving users the ability to print and cut n on step with one device.

Reasons to choose Roland Print and Cut

Roland DG Print and Cut has led the large format sign and graphics industry in printing and cutting. Roland DG’s choice of integrated printer/cutter or dual device print and cut options offer you greater graphics production flexibility.

  • Ease of you
  • Efficiency
  • Footprint (space-saving)
  • High productivity

Popular Uses in:

Die cut labels and decals

Create unique and fashionable die-cut labels and decal in virtually any shape with absolute precision, speed and ease.

Vehicle wraps

Save time and make installation easier by printing and contour cutting full or partial vehicle wraps with an integrated printer/cutter.

Heat transfer apparel

By printing and contour cutting full-colour heat transfers, producing short-run T-shirts and apparel could not be simpler.

Packaging prototypes

Create packaging prototypes in cardstock or film with Roland DG printer and cutter to achieve stunning image quality and precise, automatic die-cuts.

What is offset printing?

Offset printing, also called lithography, is the most common kind of printing for high volume commercial jobs. Ever seen videos of newspapers running through big rolls? That’s offset printing.

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How does it work?

First, the printer burns the design onto metal plates – one for each colour. Typically, four colours are used(cyan, magenta, yellow and black, abbreviated CMYK), but offset printing also allows for custom ik colours (most notably Pantone colours) to be used instead.

Next, the design is transferred from the plats onto rubber rolls. THe different colours of ink are spread onto the rubber and then the paper is run between them. The paper goes through all of the rolls, layering on the colour, to get the final image.

THE BENEFITS OF OFFSET

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Superior image quality

That is reliable. Count on offset printing for clean, distinct type and images without streaks or spots.

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Better colour fidelity

Which refers to both the design. Because offset printing can mix custom colour inks for each job, it’s naturally going to get the colours spot-on.

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Save cost

Large quantities can be printed cost effectively. The more you print, the cheaper the price per piece.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing doesn’t use plates the way offset does, but instead uses options such as toner (like in laser printers) or larger printers that do use liquid ink. Digital printing shines when lower quantities are needed; think of a run of 20 greeting cards or 100 flyers. Another benefit of digital printing is it’s variable data capability.

When each piece needs a unique code, name or address, digital is the only way to go. Offset printing cannot accommodate this need. While offset printing is a fantastic way to produce great-looking print projects, many businesses or individuals do not need large runs of 500 or more, and the best solution is digital printing.

What are the advantages of digital printing

  • Setup costs are lower for short runs
  • Print only the amount you need, when you need it
  • Lower minimum quantities (as low as 1, 20 or pieces)
  • Inexpensive black and white digital printing
  • Variable data capability (names, addresses, codes or numbering can be done easily)
  • Improved technology has made digital quality acceptable for more uses

What is embroidery?

Embroidery is a process where thread is stitched into your custom product. Logo embroidery is used most often for apparel that will be used for uniforms or promotions. Millions of companies wear logo embroidered shirts to identify and promote their company logos and image. Most embroidered logos are done on the left chest and look really good on polo shirts, button-down shirts, caps and hats, sweatshirts, jackets and bags.

With embroidery you can create a professional look. Some logos may have to be altered a little if embroidery is the preferred method though, because it is very difficult to recreate shading using threads. Embroidery machines have been developed with multiple heads that will allow you to embroider 2, 4, 6 or even 10 pieces at a time saving on costs to set up each logo which is passed along to the customer!

Use for embroidery

Embroidery is the perfect way to customise your staff’s uniforms and creates excellent brand recognition. Firstly, your design is set up within a special file format called a DST file. We will use this file and the running sheet to tell our machines exactly how your embroidery designs should be done to ensure a perfect finish.

After the file has been sent to the machine, the garments are then fixed into place using a special support, which clamps the embroidered area of the garment so it is tight and will not move.
Finally, thread colours are added to the machine and the design is stitched onto the garment.

How does it work?

Digitizing

Converting artwork/log into embroidery format using special software and can become expensive for complex, detailed or large graphics

Sewing

The digitized artwork/logo will be loaded into a computerized embroidery machine for sewing. Sewing consist of 3 steps which are framing, embroidery and trimming

Embroidery is only running by machines, the quality of embroidery printing are always depends on the machines and technician skills and experiences.

What is sublimation printing?

Sublimation is the process of transferring dye to a fabric using heat. The images and graphics are printed on special paper placed on the garment and heat is applied, allowing the ink to become part of the fabric. This will leave you with a more breathable, soft-hand feel to the fabric. The best part is that the numbers, letters and graphics do not peel, wear off, or come out in the wash. Mostly is used for custom team uniforms and sportswear.

Sublimation is a great process that allows for vibrant, full colours and all-over prints.

Example of sublimation process

Designers creating the custom artwork.

Template designers adjust the printing process

Beautiful and crips designs printed by sublimation printing.

Advantages of sublimation printing?

  • Unlimited colors with no added cost.
  • Produces vibrant colors, making it perfect for photographic images.
  • Ability to create complex all-over print designs on the front and back of your sublimated uniforms.
  • You can’t feel the print at all, it gives the fabric a soft feel.
  • Sublimation print will not crack, peel, or fade.
  • Enhance your garment by adding a heat transfer such as, rhinestones, hotfix glitter or foil.