As Armadora Promotional and Corporate Textile LTD we do have a chance to provide a wide range of printing techniques to our clients. Each printing technique can be applied to the garments according to the fabric, colors and the purpose of the product. By branding your products we make your company or your message to be visible by others and we hope to assist you to create a corporate spirit.
Here are the most common techniques used and brief information about them.
Screen printing is the most traditional, and at Corporate Wear we believe most skilled, method of printing garments. Few companies use this technique because the process is very specialist and requires highly experienced printers to achieve perfect results.
Designs for screen printing must be split into separate colours, using programs such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. Each colour is stencilled onto its own mesh screen using light reactive chemicals. The stencil forms very fine ´open´ areas on the mesh. The screen is positioned over the garment in the desired print position. Wet ink is placed on top of the screen and using a roller or squeegee the ink is spread across the screen forcing it through the ´open´ areas of the mesh. This results in a printed version of the stencil on the garment. Once heated, at very high temperatures, the ink is permanently cured on to the clothing.
By using fine meshes we can print very detailed logos and designs. Wet inks can be mixed to almost any colour which means we can match pantone colours to make sure your logos and designs are in keeping with your company identity.
There is a minimum order of 15 per print run, with a maximum of 8 colours per design. Usually there are set up fees and these depend on the number of colours in a print. Prices are based on a combination of the number of colours and quantity of garments
Sublimation is suitable for light-coloured synthetic fabrics such as polyester and acrylic. The design is printed onto transfer paper using special ink toners. The transfer paper is placed on the garment and heat pressed, which turns the ink into gas. Under pressure the gas particles merge with the garment fibres. Because the fabric is dyed it produces a softer, smoother finish than prints that lie on top of the garment.
DIGITAL TRANSFER PRINTING
Digital transfer printing is ideal for low-volume runs, producing outstandingly smooth and accurate coloured designs. It delivers the highest-quality precision imaging to an almost photographic standard, with maximum resolution of 1440 x 720 dpi. The design is sent to a digital printer using software programs such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, and is then printed onto white material. An integral electronic cutter cuts around the print. The print is heat pressed onto the garment using a commercial heat press and silicone
HEAT SEAL TRANSFER PRINTING
Heat seal transfer printing takes high-resolution images and prints them on commercial-quality transfer paper, using industry-standard formats such as BMP, TIF, GIF and JPEG. The higher the quality of image provided, the better the result. The transfer paper is applied to the garment using a commercial heat press and silicone paper.