Brand Evolutions uses multiple printing techniques depending on the project at hand. We can help you decide the best process for your order.
– Screen Printing – This application can be used on most materials. Ink is applied directly to the surface to be printed (such as a shirt, bag, jacket, etc). The image is transferred to a very fine fabric (the screen which becomes the stencil) allowing the non-printed areas to be blocked off from the ink. The ink is wiped across the screen and passes through the open pores, which allow the ink to reach the item being printed. For each color to be printed a separate screen is prepared and the process is repeated. Screen print designs must be submitted in vector format files (AI, EPS or PDF).
– Sublimation – This application is most effective on products with more than 50% polyester and is not advised on black or dark colored products. Sublimation uses heat to transfer the dye into the garment. Sublimation can yield finished results ranging from a distressed or “vintage” look to a photorealistic reproduction of most high resolution digital files.
– Heat Transfer- Heat treated printing (heat transfer printing), is the process of affixing heat-applied materials to various items with a heat press. Heat-applied materials contain a heat-sensitive adhesive on one side; when a heat press applies heat to the material, the material adheres to the item being customized. The end result is a decorated garment/promotional item.
– Embroidery – (used on a variety of materials). Embroidery uses a digitized version of the image. The digitized version is used to direct the machine to thread the design into the garment being embroidered. Some materials can react differently to the stitching process of embroidery. An account representative will advise through the process of product selection. Embroidered designs must be submitted in vector (AI, EPS or PDF) or DST format.
– Embossing/Debossing- With the combination of heat and pressure, debossed designs are pressed into the garment or fabric. This technique can be used on a wide variety of items including leather, shirts, handbags, denim, fleece, or even appliqués, which could be sewn onto garments or caps. While debossing uses pressure to create an indentation of the design into the garment, embossing creates a raised effect of the design on the garment. A custom “die” for either must be made before pressings can be accomplished. Embossing and Debossing designs must be submitted in vector format (AI, EPS or PDF).
– Signs and Wraps- Please visit GoAmeriSigns.com to learn more.