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Common Decoration Methods

Branded Promotional Products , Corporate Gifts and Promotional Clothing can be decorated in a number of ways.  The five most common ways to decorate an item with your company logo or message are Embroidery, Screen Printing, Pad Printing, Laser Engraving and Offset Printing.  Here is a quick guide to these decoration methods plus some other ones we use from time to time, if you have any questions please just call a friendly staff member on 1300 303 717.

Embroidery

Logo Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery machine

Embroidery

Used on clothing and upmarket bags

Machine embroidery allows us to recreate logos on clothing and any other soft material such as sports bags. We take a design supplied in jpg file and ‘digitise’ it into a format that is recognised by the embroidery machine. Digitising is a skilled art that will give you different outcomes using different suppliers.

Most clothing companies when they supply you a quote on embroidered clothing or caps give you a 5000 stitch embroider.  In our experience the vast majority of logos require above 8000 stitches to be reproduced professionally.  At Promotion Products we want your business so give you a double sized embroider of up to 10 000 stitches at no additional charge. Before we embroider your chosen product we always produce an actual embroidery sample – this image is emailed to you for approval before the job commences into production.


Screen printing on a t - shirt

Screen printing

Screen printing on a t - shirt

Screen printing machine

Screen Printing

Commonly used for large prints on T-shirts, polo shirts, tote and calico bags, water bottles, compendiums and lanyards

Screen printing is a decoration method employed most commonly on clothing and bags.  It involves the pressing of ink onto the product through a screen that has your design incorporated into it.  We can screen print up to 6 spot colours or can also print in full colour process. 

The cost of screen printing is governed by the print run size (25 is usually the minimum quantity), the amount of colours we print and the size of the print. To produce a high quality print high quality artwork like EPS files are required – don’t worry if you don’t  have an EPS file - we are here to help and will produce one for you.

Promotion Products can also provide specialised prints like puffs and foils – just ask for more details. PMS colour matches are no problem.
Before we commence with any screen print job we will email you a proof for your approval.



A pad print

Promotional Polo Shirt

Pad printing machine

Pad Printing

Often used on small objects such as pens, calculators, golf balls, stress balls…

Pad printing is the most common decoration method that Promotion Products employs.  Pad printing is a flexible print process that allows us to print on unusual and curved surfaces. Like screen printing your logo is made into film which is then transferred onto a soft silicone pad, Ink is then introduced and printed onto your chosen product.  Pad printed products are everywhere – the keys on your keyboard, promotional pens, promotional clocks and a myriad of other promo items.

To produce a high quality print high quality artwork like EPS files are required – don’t worry if you don’t  have an EPS file - we are here to help and will produce one for you.
Promotion Products can PMS colour match your logo when pad printing, before we commence with any pad print job we will email you a proof for your approval.

Promotional Polo Shirt

Lazer Engraving

Promotional Polo Shirt

Lazer engraving machine

Laser Engraving

Suitable for decorating hard finish objects – usually metal pens and keyrings

Laser engraving produces a subtle and permanent high quality decoration.  Laser engraving is our favoured decoration method for metal keyrings, clocks and high value metal products.  The laser removes a small amount of the product’s surface giving an ‘etch’ effect.  It is permanent and will not scratch off. 

Prior to engraving your chosen product we will provide you with an email proof showing you the decoration outcome.

Promotional Polo Shirt

Printed notepad

Promotional Polo Shirt

Offset press

Offset Printing

The method most commonly used to print paper based products such as notepads and post-it-notes

Your image/artwork is transferred (offset) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface.  It is all carried out in a big, expensive machine.  PMS colour matches are no problem when using this decoration method.

 


Other decoration methods

Here is a list of other decoration methods that we use less often. Don't be confused by these! – if you have any questions please call us on 1300 for advice that relates exactly to your job.
Digital Printing Transfer PrintsSublimation printing
DecalsFoil StampingBlind Embossing
EtchingRotary Prints

Thanks for reading our decoration guide. If you have any questions please contact us on 1300 303 717

We look forward to helping you further – The Promotion Products Team

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