A Breakdown of Decorating Terms

Putting your logo on swag should be simple right?  Just plop it on there.  There are so many variables we have to look at when deciding the best way to get your logo on an item- the material it is going on, the number of colors in your logo, the look you want to achieve and the message you want to send, just to name a few.

If you are looking for something trendy and eye catching for events, using glitter, which is trending right now, is a fun choice.  For insurance companies that want to convey their solid reputation, a left chest embroidery is the obvious, traditional choice.

Not sure what you want or even what is available for your logo? Just ask us and we will help you find the option that will work best for your logo.

Here is a brief explanation of various types of imprints we have available.

Screen Printing An imprinting method in which an image is printed onto fabric or other substance, by straining ink through a stenciled screen stretched over a frame.

Embroidery The art of embellishing a piece of apparel with a needle and thread or yarn to create depth, movement and detail.

Direct-To-Garment Printing (DTG) Also known as Digital Textile Printing, DTG uses specialized inkjet technology to print detailed, colorful graphics directly onto apparel.  DTG is often used for full color or multi color designs and is also an option for small runs of garments.

Heat Press/Heat Transfer The use of a heat press to transfer a design onto an apparel surface, popular for small runs, sports uniforms and specialty finishes (such as foil imprint).

Emboss Embossing creates raised relief images on surfaces using a metal-engraved die. Embossed patterns are raised against the background material and will not fade or wash away.

Deboss Debossing creates recessed relief images on surfaces. Debossed patterns are sunken into the surface of the material and will not fade or wash away.

Laser Etching A subtle tone-on-tone decoration style created by etching a design or pattern into the top layer of the apparel or other material, using focused laser beams.

Pad Printing The used of a soft silicone pad and an etched plate to imprint the design in ink onto products.  Often used for items that are too difficult to imprint with other methods.

Dye Sublimation A printing process that uses extreme heat and pressure to transfer a design that is printed on a special paper onto fabric.

Different imprint methods can be combined to create a unique look, such as screen print and embroidery, or laser etching and deboss.

At Barefoot Swag, we listen to what you want to achieve and will make suggestions based on your item, logo, budget and timeline.

http://www.barefootswag.com  866-247-4320


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