Heat seal is the process of using a heat press to apply durable vinyl, cut into the shape of the design, onto garments. (You need to send us your artwork for this if you have any, or contact us if you need to have some created)
The shape of the design is cut by a plotter/cutter machine and is ideally suited to large A4 sized designs consisting of just lettering or simple shapes -complex detail cannot be reproduced effectively. The excess vinyl is removed by hand, then each garment is then placed on the heat press, the design is also positioned by hand in the required position and pressed individually. This is a time consuming process, but because we also do this in house, a left breast heat seal, or a back shoulders heat seal is included in the price of the garment, which can save you a lot of money in set-up charges compared to our competitors. (Click here for logo positioning information.)
Heat-seal is thicker than screen print, and very durable, but should only be ironed on the reverse of the fabric to prolong the life of the logo.
If you require items printed with more than one colour, ie screen printed, please email us or call us on 01663 734403 for our best quotation.
Screen printing is the process of using coloured paints 'squeezed' through screens onto the garment, which are masked off into the shape of the design, to create a near perfect copy of the original paper-based artwork.
The screens are made by pouring onto the mesh a UV sensitive substrate (a sort of glue), which is masked off by a positive of the artwork printed onto a clear vinyl sheet. It is placed under a UV lamp which dries off any exposed substrate and the substrate which has been masked off will still be wet and this is washed away leaving a negative screen ready for the paint application. One screen is made per colour in the design, therefore the more colours in the design the greater the cost.
The paint is applied on a multi-armed screen print press, and dries after each application of colour, before going into a final drying process.
The designs for screen printing are produced on drawing software and can be setup relatively quickly, especially when photo-ready artwork is supplied by the customer. (Again send us your artwork for this if you have any, or email us / call us if you need to have some created)
Screen printing is priced by the number of colours in the design (up to six, usually) so a single colour left chest design will cost the same as the identical design at large back size. Screen printing requires Pantone® references to match the paints.
The process is ideal for high volume orders and there is a minimum order size of 24 items. Please call us on 01663 734403, or email us for a competitive quote.
Screen prints should also only be ironed on the reverse of the fabric.