Printing Processes Explained


This is done by using a special ink. When heated to a high temperature goes from being a liquid to a gas. This then puts the ink into the material (if printing on to material), rather than sit on top of it. This has to be done on a Polyester/Cotton combination. The only draw-back with this method is that for full colour printing it has to be done on white. You can print on some pastel colours, but this is limited to text or dark symbolic picture.

Its the same process above for printing on to hard surfaces. This leaves a glossy finished print, which is quite durable. For instance printed mugs are dishwasher safe.


This is the “old method” where the print sits on top of the material. This can give you full colour photos and text on coloured garments. Care must be taken when washing and ironing.


This is the material used for lettering, words and symbols. The design is cut out using a silhouette cutter machine, the surplus weeded away. Then the design is heat pressed on to your garment. Care must be taken when washing and ironing.