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The Printing Process

 

There are 2 different ways we can customise your items, sublimation and vinyl printing. Each one has a specific process we follow to ensure the best result. It can be a complex process, but ours are tried and tested. Learn a bit more about it…

What is Sublimation?

Sublimation as a production technique is relatively simple. It's the chemical process which separates it from any other form of digital printing. When sublimation inks are heated to 200ºC, they turn into a gas and for a permanent bond to 100% polyester fabric or items that have a polymer coating. The ink molecules revert to a solid state upon cooling. The result is a premium full colour, photographic quality image that will not crack, peel or wash away from the substrate.

How does Sublimation work?

  1. The design is emailed in by the customer
  2. The design is then checked using Photoshop and laid out ready for printing
  3. The garment is laid on the heat-press
  4. The design is then printed onto Specialist Sublimation paper
  5. Once printed, the paper is laid onto the garment (on the heat-press)
  6. Heat-press is used for a set time with heat and pressure added to transfer the print
  7. The garment is then removed from the heat-press and allowed to cool
  8. Finally, the garment is checked, folded and packed ready to send out to the customer

What is Vinyl Printing?

High quality cast polyurethane film with a matt reflection free surface and a thermally activated adhesive. Suitable for most fabric types. Washable up to 60oC and suitable for dry cleaning and available in 40 colours.

How does Vinyl printing work?

  1. The design is emailed in by the customer
  2. The design is checked using Photoshop (it may need re-drawing)
  3. The correct colours of vinyl are chosen and one by one placed on the cutting machine for that part of the design to be cut. For each colour used, the appropriate vinyl colour material must be loaded and then cut individually
  4. The designs are then cut away from the roll of material and the process of "Weeding" out the parts of the material that do not form part of the design. This can take from a few seconds for text only and simple designs, to an hour or so for more complicated intricate designs
  5. The heat-press is set to the correct temperature, time and pressure
  6. The garment is chosen, checked for size and colour, along with making sure the garment is not damaged in any way
  7. The garment is then placed onto the heat-press, ensuring it is straight, the vinyl design is laid onto the garment, and depending on how many colours, the heat-press is applied until the design is complete
  8. The garment is removed from the heat-press and allowed to cool
  9. Finally, the garment is checked, folded and packed ready to send out to the customer