There are many options to decorate a garment but the three most frequently used are heat transfer, screen printing and embroidery. Each has its own advantages, which will be dependent on your use, quantity and cost. The page below gives an overview of one of the processes – viewing all three will help narrow your decision. Please contact us with the specifics of what you need we will make an informed recommendation for the best and most cost effective option.
Screen printing is the most widely used form of decoration since it can be used for large or small order quantities and is economical. It is durable and can be used to cover fairly large areas of a garment e.g. large logo or text front or back. It is a great option when decorating a large quantity of items, when your logo is large (like the back of a t-shirt), or when a fabric has a low burn point, for example polyester. Since each color used adds expense it is most often used with 1-3 color printing.
Most Popular Uses
- Tote bags
Not Suitable For: Highly textured fabrics such as fleece or certain types of fabric, such as nylon.
- High quality, vibrant graphics
- Minimums as low as 12 pieces
- Cost effective at higher quantities
- Suitable for most fabrics
- Faster turn-around
- Costs increase for each color
- Coated fabrics cannot be screenprinted
For Best Results
- A high-quality image file is essential to ensure the best outcome. Low-resolution files, such as files pulled off the internet WILL NOT WORK.
- Vector art created in Adobe Illustrator is preferred. Convert all type to Outlines to eliminate font compatibility issues.
- A high-resolution .JPG or .TIFF can also generally be used.
- Preferred file formats are EPS, AI, PDF — if not available, high resolution JPG or TIF files.