Ever wonder what that funky stamp like impression on a business card is or the metallic cover on the folder was? Follow us on a small but concise journey in the world of print finishing or branding processes – depending on which item you are working with.

Ever wonder what that funky stamp like impression on a business card is or the metallic cover on the folder was? Follow us on a small but concise journey in the world of print finishing or branding processes – depending on which item you are working with.

DEBOSSING

The image is pressed onto material using both heat and pressure. The image is defined by a metal plate that is the exact replica of your logo or any other image. Once the image is debossed it creates a permanent depressed image on the item you have branded. This branding process is both subtle and classy and looks great on folders,  notebooks, business cards. Debossing can also be done on synthetic clothing.

CO2 LASER ENGRAVING

Laser Engraving is the process of using a Co2 laser to burn an image that looks debossed into an items that is more natural like wood, glass and leather. Meticulous detail can be achieved and the darkness of the burn can also be determined. The Laser engraving process takes the top layer of the material to review the logo.

DIGITAL TRANSFER

Is a wonderful new process that allows you to print on a special transfer paper a FULL COLOUR image. The item that requires the branding is treated with a chemical to ensure adherence of the image, the transfer paper is applied , transferring the image to to treated item, ensuring all the ink is removed from the transfer. To ensure the image will last it is treated with a sealant. This process does not include white so the item that requires the transfer should be white or metal like ceramic mugs or metal coffee cups. The finished item on a metal creates metallic colours from every colour and the finished item is simply superb.

DOMED STICKERS

Your sticker is printed according to your size and shape requirements, in full colour on an adhesive vinyl and cut to to the exact shape. A  polyurethane resin is applied to each sticker giving it a clear three-dimensional appearance. Domed stickers last quite long, especially if they are applied to a dome recessed area, like a keyring or pen. This is a fun and excellent way to showcase your full colour logo.

EMBROIDERY

Embroidery is the application of an image onto fabric using stitches of thread matching the colours used in a logo. Your logo or image is digitized using a conversion software, this determines stitch count and direction of the stitch for best effects.. The Embroidery machines read this digitized image to create the correct replication. Beware the digitized image still require the human element, so always ask for a proof of the digitized image before threading. Colour matching is not pantone based but are made via the Marathon Thread Book. Colours can be matched up to 80-90%. The finished product looks upmarket and provides a long lasting impression. As the thread is pre-dyed, the colour remains bright through-out it’s lifespan. Embroidery provides flexibility as an image can be created out of up to 9 different colour threads.

EMBOSSING

The image is pressed onto material using both heat and pressure from the bottom of the page or substrate. The image is defined by a metal plate that is the exact replica of your logo or any other image. Once the image is embossed it creates a permanent raised image on the item you have branded. This branding process is both subtle and classy and looks great on folders,  notebooks, business cards.

FOIL HOT STAMPING / FOILING

Foiling is a glorious finish of a foiled or metallic finish on an item, anything from leather folders, to greeting cards or event invitations. Your image is created onto a metal plate. Foil is hot stamped using the metal plate, with heat and some pressure, not as much as debossing, leaving the foil image stamped with little to no depression on the substrate. Foils are only available in blue, copper, gold, green, light blue, orange, red, silver and yellow only, not allowing for Pantone Matching . Foiling works best on leather and PU folders as well as select rigid cardboards.

FOLDING

The act of taking a piece of paper and folding paper in certain ways, so that when put together will form a finished brochure or folder. There are a variety of folds such as tri-fold, accordion, half, double parallel and many more. Folding can also be achieved with a die.

PAD PRINTING

Your required image is applied to a plate which is covered with ink, from this point a silicon cushion is pressed onto the plate and the cushion then is pressed onto the item that needs to be branded. Each colours are supplied separately, this will not affect the detail in the print and can take up to 4 colours. Pad Printing is suitable for high volume items such as pens, key rings and also favours round items.

HEAT TRANSFER PRINTING

A digital image is printed onto a special vinyl surface, which is then placed onto the product in the correct position. At this point the product is placed in a heat press, and the heat from the press melts the adhesive backing on the vinyl, merging it with the fabric. This process is mainly used where a logo is too intricate for screen printing. As it’s a digital print, the detail in the logo is perfect but given that the logo is not cut out, it may affect the flexibility of the product.

SCREEN PRINTING

Screen Printing is a process whereby an image is exposed to a mesh screen that has a light sensitive screed. Ink is then squeezed through the screen with a squeegee leaving a 1 colour image on the material. Silkscreen is an extremely efficient method for flat colour and large bold images. Colours are printed 1 at a time, ensuring that the correct registration is adhered to. Silkscreen can be printed with up to 6 colours. It is a long lasting method for bags, t-shirts, table cloths and textiles.

We also offer Silkscreen-Transfer Printing, where an image is printed onto transfer paper and the transferred using a heat press.

SUBLIMATION PRINTING

Sublimation process is printing done by a digital fullcolour printerwhich is fitted with special sublimation inks. The logo is printed onto a special transfer paper and cut automatically to the correct shape. The logo is placed onto the product and heat is applied. The heat causes the inks to migrate from the paper onto the product. Due to the fact that this is a digital print, the logo can be as colourful and intricate as required. Since the ink migrates onto the product, sublimation doesn’t change the flexibility characteristics of the product in the same manner that a heat transfer does. This process works on man-made fabrics such as polyester and nylon and is perfect for polyester shirts, nylon bags and umbrellas. Sublimation printers cannot print the colour white, therefore this branding method works best when applied onto a white product

VINYL STICKERS

Stickers are digitally printed in full-colour on an adhesive vinyl and then automatically cut to almost any shape and applied onto a product. Digital printers don’t print white or metallics.

VERCO PRINTING

Powdered polymer is applied to the Litho printed sheet that has ink that remains wet during the application of powder. The excess powder is removed by a vacuum. The sheets are then sent into a radiant oven at a temperature of 480 – 704 degree’s centigrade for a few seconds. The result is a raised melted look on the paper. This process is excellent for large or small areas. This is a process that is best suited for a high volume as the costs can be quite exorbitant.

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