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Compare Decoration Methods

Compare Decoration Methods

First we need artwork! With our user-friendly Design Studio, we provide you with full creative control to design the piece you have in mind. Once you submit your design and select from one of our print or decoration methods, we do the rest!

So let’s take a closer look and see which decoration method is the best fit for you!

Screen Printing Laser Printing Sublimation Vinyl Foil
Application Technique Screen printing (also known as silk screening) is the traditional printing technique that uses stencils and ink to create designs on fabric. Although it requires significantly more set-up time than digital printing or heat transfer, screen printing remains popular because it is the most economical method for producing large quantities. State-of-the-art laser technology where the image is created in reverse and printed to a high-release paper, then heat transferred to a garment using heat and pressure. Unlike iron-on transfers, digital printing leaves a vibrant image with excellent durability and wash fastness. Dye sublimation is a transfer process that produces a full-color, photo-quality reproduction of a digital image using ink that turns into gas when heat is applied. Dye sublimation is a tremendously versatile technology with applications in apparel, awards, promotional products, signage and much more. Die cut vinyl graphics are made with a CAD platter. A plotter is essentially a computer controlled Xacto knife. The blade follows vector paths from the computer to cut and image in vinyl sheets. Once cut the artist removes the cut vinyl from the image, and heat presses the vinyl onto the garment. It’s ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities; including one-off items such printing names and numbers on athletic uniforms. Foil printing is a premium process that gives decorated items an attention-getting metallic shimmer. It’s a highly effective way to add a bright accent to traditional screen printing or can be applied to large areas for maximum shine and impact. It requires skill, attention and the right materials, but achieves a special look with a high perceived value uniforms.
Minimum Order 12-piece minimum No minimum No minimum No minimum No minimum
Production Time 7 days 48-72 hours 48-72 hours 48-72 hours 48-72 hours
Price Factors
  • Product style and color
  • Number of print locations
  • Number of colors in design
  • Product style and color
  • Number of print locations
  • Product style and color
  • Number of print locations
  • Product style and color
  • Number of print locations
  • Product style and color
  • Number of print locations
Typical Uses Large volume orders for businesses, schools, organizations, and events Individual shirts or small volume runs Individual shirts or small volume runs Individual shirts or small volume runs Individual shirts or small volume runs
Benefits
  • Extremely cost effective when produced in large volume runs
  • Creates high quality apparel that can withstand years of washing
  • Ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities
  • No minimum allows for small or individual custom shirts
  • Cost effective reproduction of full color images
  • Price is not affected by number of colors in design
  • No minimum allows for small or individual custom shirts
  • Fast turn-around time
  • Cost effective reproduction of full color images
  • Price is not affected by number of colors in design
  • No minimum allows for small or individual custom shirts
  • Fast turn-around time
  • Cost effective reproduction of one – two color text and clipart
  • Ideal for text and sport designs
  • No minimum allows for small or individual custom shirts
  • Fast turn-around time
  • Cost effective reproduction of one color text and clipart
  • Ideal for text, logo and sport designs
Limitations Maximum of 6 colors per location Only available in certain product styles and colors Only available in only products with 50% or higher polyester styles and lighter colors Maximum of 2 colors per location Maximum of 1 color per location

And last! Our most important step for all of our printing or decoration methods:

Approved and time to ship! With every order, we understand your time is valuable along with peace of mind that your order will arrive in time. We provide a tracking number with shipping right to your door along with a guaranteed delivery date and email confirmation.

We hope that you love your custom printed item just as much as we do! Show them off and give us a shout out on social media! We love to hear your feedback!

If you have any more questions, give us a call at 877-691-7728 to speak with a customer service representative.