Screen printing involves creating a stencil (we call this a "screen"), and then using that screen to apply layers of ink on the fabric. Each single colour is applied using a different screen, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look.
This printing method is most common and last the longest after many washes. Silkscreen printing also allows for unlimited colours. However, the more colours used will also increase the overall cost due to the amount of screens used.
In embroidery, a machine is used to create patterns on textiles. It is used commercially in product branding, corporate advertising, and uniform adornment. It is also used in the fashion industry to decorate garments and apparel.
This method is good for low quantity and also the need for customisation of each single piece of apparel. Individual names or corporate logos are also popular with this method.
Digital printing is done by transferring a desired design, which is produced by high quality, ink jet printing onto special paper with heat-resistant and ink release properties onto the substrates via heat. Once the images are printed out, cutters are use to craft out the shape of the image before platen type transfer presses apply heat onto the carrier paper and transfer the image on the shirts. This type of printing is suitable for logos or images that involve many colours, designs with gradients, toning and also those that require precise pantone control.
This method is good for low quantity orders and those who require customisation for individual pieces.
Vinyl printing is commonly used in printing jerseys number with personalize name. The designs are crafted out directly onto the decals that do not require any printing. The decals usually come in one solid colour. It uses coloured decals as a result the colours won’t fade and are highly durable.
This method is commonly use for sports jerseys which are themselves individual customisation without the need for multiple colours.
Dye Sublimation Printing
Dye Sublimation printing using full colour artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied, turning it into a gas through an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase.
The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full colour print. Because the dyes are infused into the fabric at the molecular level, the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions. The only limitation is that it has to be apply on a white polyester material for a full colour effect.
This method works well with orders which require a lot of colours but in low quantity. Also good for request for a better hand feel of the fabric with the feeling of the ink or a patch.