Pad print is applied to most plastic items. Pad maximum size is 60mm wide by 20mm high. On small or round objects like the barrel of a promotional pen, print height will be limited because of the curve of the barrel. Print height on most promotional pens ranges from 5-7mm.
Some plastics need to be primed or pre-treated before printing
We may be able to print up to 2 and even 4 colours on many of these items. 4 colour print is expensive and is not usually used on cheap items like pens etc. There is always a set up, possie and plate cost PER COLOUR
You can also request a wrap print on some promotional pens. This allows print most of the way round the barrel, up to +/- 19mm high
Screen print is generally used on cloth, including shirts, caps, bandanas, conti suits, work wear and many others. We can print anything from 1 to 7 colours. Multi colour print is much more expensive. There is always a set up, possie and plate cost PER COLOUR.
Screen print is the preferred method for all nylon items- bags, folders etc.
Screen print is also used on many promotional items, particularly where you need to print bigger than 60 × 20mm. Screen print can be applied to plastic, koskin (imitation leather) as well as leather promotional items.
Digital print is a more modern method. We can print full colour for the same price as 1 colour of older print methods. There is also only one set up cost, no matter how many colours. This is because possies & screens or plates are not needed. At present this method is a lot more expensive, particularly when the print size is large.
Digital print is very cost effective when used for making labels or domed decals, particularly if these are not too big, and also if you are looking for relatively small quantities
Digital print is currently very expensive on things like pens, mugs and clothing
Most engraving is now done without the old scratch method. Laser engraving comes out beautifully on most metal promotional items. Laser engraving may also be used to good effect on other material such as wood, glass, leather and koskin (imitation leather) – it is the recommended method on most of these.
Sand blasting is still used as a method of choice on many glass items. Laser engraving is taking over to a large extent, but one can get a larger logo using sand blasting if the surface is curved (glasses, bottles etc.)
Something to be aware of:
Your logo needs to be supplied in a print-ready format. JPG, TIFF tec are designed for easy viewing on a computer screen bu cannot be used for printing. It is almost always possible to obtain the original logo. If not, you are likely to be charged a redraw fee to convert from PDF to a print-ready format.