Screen-print

Screen-printing was developed around the 17th century, in China and Japan. They used long human hair which was pulled tightly on a wooden frame to create simple shapes. A special kind of polyester thread is now used in factories for this method and instead of wooden frames they now use metal frames.

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Depending on the type of print being used, a thicker mesh of 29 threads per cm is usually used for textile, and a thinner mesh of 180 threads per cm is used for a more detailed graphic design.

A photographic stencil is then used to create the desired product, ensuring the ink is printed
with precision to create the desired image. Production can be determined either manually or mechanically depending on the amounts,

This technique is applied on a flat, smooth, even and plain material and is usually used on Promotional Items like bags, key cords, writing folders, beach balls, umbrellas etc.

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Textile printing

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Textile printing has a lot of similarities with smooth screen printing.  It is commonly  used on t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, body warmers etc but can also for briefcases, cotton bags, caps, work and sports clothes etc.

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Pad printing

With this technique the printed image is transferred using a pad print to a gravure print on the article, a kind of ‘stamp’.

The pads are made out of a special silicon rubber which are available in all shapes and sizes.  They are individually shaped and split for each specific item. It is possible to print on most types of material from hollow, convex, hard and soft wood, metal, plastic etc.

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Pens, calculators, cups & beakers, measuring tapes are just a few examples but the possibilities are endless.

By using an ultra thin screen, the full colour images can be compared to those in a photograph.  The printing can be durable and colorfast depending on the treatment given to the material before and after printing.

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Transferables

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This can be compared to transfer stickers which are first dipped in water and then simply transferred to your arm.  The text and colour stay on your arm and the paper just peels away.

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Sign cutting

Sign cutting is a kind of transferable, however it is made from a flexible material which is attached to a flexible surface.

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The surplus particles are then removed and the remaining segment is placed on the item
using a heat press.  The flexible surface on the back can then be removed leaving the desired image.

This is washable and durable.

The best results are achieved with larger images or text. 


This technique is best used when personalising items such as shirts, bags, umbrellas etc.

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Digital printing

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This is one of the better full colour printing techniques which can be used in many different ways.

This technique can also be used as an alternative to screen-printing, making it look more valuable.

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Embroidery

Letters and decorations can be sewn onto fabric using a needle and thread.  This is by far the best method for toweling and fleece materials.

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Embroidery gives a nice chique finish and is extremely durable.  Washing articles at  high temperatures does not damage the logo or image.

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Flex Printing

Flex printing is of high quality fixed colours.  Itis often used for things like texts and logo’s.| - flex-glitter.pngIt has a smooth texture and is available in an array of different colours. 

Flex printing can be washed at up to 60C and can also be dry cleaned.
Glitter and metallic flex printing can be washed at up to 40C. 

Nylon film is also available for printing on nylon items like raincoats, waterproofs et. This can be washed at up to 40C. 

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Foil Stamping

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Foil stamping gives your flyers, business cards, magazines, photo’s, logo’s etc a high quality finish, resulting in a classy appearance.  Foil stamping is available in nearly every colour. 

The best results are achieved by printing on a laminated surface, either mat or shiny, prior to foil stamping. 

Foil Stamping can be used for heading paper, cards, calendars, book covers, brochures etc.

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Embossing

Embossing can be used to give an exclusive appearance to your leather items such as wallets, briefcases, note pads etc.

By pushing a stamp into the leather with a high press, the logo becomes visible and permanent.

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Many businesses such as lawyers, notary’s, doctors etc choose for embossing their products as it gives a luxurious appearance.

A special ‘air press’ machine is required for embossing on leather.

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Laser engraving

Laser engraving is the best technique to give a permanent, scratchproof and chique appearance to your items.

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Laser engraving can not be used on all materials, there are different machines required to engrave on plastic, wood and glass.

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Offset printing

This is a technique which is more than 100 years old.  It works by putting the printing ink on a plate (with your design) and then pressing it onto the surface of the item using a “rubber blanket”.
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