Printing Processes

Guidelines for Artwork

Our expert team are able to advise you on the most appropriate way of printing your logo and message on the items you have chosen.

We use a range of techniques to ensure your image or design can be applied as effectively as possible. We recommend that you send your artwork to us as early as possible so that we can offer advice on the most suitable printing method and inform you of the different results each technique will give.

We can accept artwork in practically any type of electronic file. If you have any queries about the suitability of your files, our studio team will be happy to help.Before we go to print, unless we receive press ready files, or a job is a repeat, we will always provide you with a visual or proof.

We prefer artwork in vector or eps formats but can sometimes accept pdf and jpeg generated artwork files.

We also have our own freelance designers who can also help with your design.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a technique that involves applying a single colour to an item through a custom made ink-blocking stencil. A screen printed design can include multiple colours, with each colour applied separately. Screen printing is a great choice for most three dimensional products and is suitable for most materials including plastics, ceramics, glass, wood, textiles and metal.

Acid Etching

Acid etching is a technique that gives an embossed look to products. In a similar way to screen printing, this technique involves the use of a template, however acid etching uses a chemical rather than ink to affect the surface of the product to create the design.

Engraving

Engraving is a technique that results in a design being permanently applied to a product. The design is applied using a diamond tipped etching tool or laser and is particularly suitable for hard material such as metal, glass and wood. We also engrave crystal products that display the finished image in 3d format.

Four Colour Process Printing

Four Colour Process Printing results in photo-quality images or designs. It uses a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks to produce the required colour and is best suited for flat surfaces such as paper, PVC or textiles. We also produce a vast number of items in full colour digital finish.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is a cost effective option that offers a fast turnaround time as images can be printed directly from suitable computer files.

Tampo Printing / Pad printing

Tampo, or pad printing, is a highly effective method of applying designs to three dimensional objects. This technique uses an etched plate to apply ink using rubberised pads to almost any object of any shape.

Lithographic Printing

Lithographic Printing, or litho printing, is a technique widely used to produce paper products such as books, magazines, posters and packaging. It enables designs to include a high level of depth and detail and is suitable for most flat surfaces such as paper, plastics or textiles.

Transfer Printing

Transfer printing began in the 1750s and is commonly used in the porcelain industry. This technique involves the design first being applied to a flat plastic sheet and then transferred to the product using heat and adhesive chemicals. It is suitable for a range of items including glass, textiles and plastics. Most of our ceramic products that are transfer printed are dishwasher and microwave safe and the print will last for years to come.

Hot Foil Printing

Hot foil printing uses heat to transfer coloured foil onto a solid surface such as leather or PVC. This technique is widely used to produce designs on items such as diaries, keyrings and books.

Labelling

Labelling uses various printing methods to produce a coloured design on paper or plastic which can then be applied to an item. This technique is typically used to apply designs to products that otherwise may not be able to accept printing.

Embroidery

Embroidery is a popular choice for producing a design on textile products such as clothing. It is often more durable than printing onto garments using other methods and produces a unique look.

Custom Woven

Custom woven products allow an item to be created according to the customers exact specification, such as ties, scarves and other items of clothing.