COLOR STAMP

Simple one-color designs are enhanced when a die is used to apply colored foil to a material's surface.

COLOR FILL

 Combines color stamping and debossing. A die is created to first color stamp the logo onto the surface, and then that same die is used to deboss the logo into the material.

DEBOSS

A debossed logo also referred to as blind deboss, this classic method leaves an impression--or rather, a depression-- of the logo onto a material's surface.

DIE STRUCK:

A reverse die is made of the imprint, then machine struck onto the metal surface. Die struck pieces are predominantly metal (lapel pins, etc.) and may be color filled.

DOME

An Epoxy Dome is made of a clear soft flexible see through material which is "domed" over the top of the pressure sensitive decal material.

EMBOSS

Embossing is a technique which creates a pattern on the material that is raised or in relief.

EMBROIDERY

Stitching a design into fabric through the use of high-speed computer-controlled sewing machines.

FOIL STAMP

Foil stamping uses controlled heat, pressure, and precision timing to apply colored or metallic foil resins to decorate surfaces of varied shapes and materials.

HEAT TRANSFER

Heat transfers are applied by heat transfer printing. This dry decorating method uses controlled heat, dwell and pressure to thermally bond the graphic onto the surface, achieving high quality and durability.

LASER ENGRAVING

This technique uses lasers to engrave or mark an object. It can be technical and complex, and often a computer system is used to drive the movements of the laser head.

OFFSET PRINTING:

A process of transferring ink from a metal printing plate to a rubber-covered cylinder. Used on more complex artwork and for higher quantity runs.

PAD PRINT

Pad printing utilizes a flexible silicone rubber transfer pad that picks up a film of ink from a photo-etched printing plate and transfers it to a three-dimensional part surface. Used on oddly shaped products and surfaces. Only one color can be imprinted.

SCREENPRINT

Ink is pressed through a fine mesh screen leaving a flat, painted imprint on the surface of the material.

SUBLIMATION

A heat transfer method of imprint using heat-activated dyes that "sublimate" into the fabric; becoming part of the fabric, not an imprint sitting on top of the fabric.

4 COLOR PROCESS

Photo-quality full color image is created by laying 4 colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) on top of each other. Definition of other important terms:

DIGITIZING

Before a logo can be embroidered, it must first be digitized. It is a technical term for the process involved in programming the embroidery machine to stitch the logo accurately. Any product that is decorated with embroidery will incur a digitizing tape charge. This is a one-time fee and the charge is based on the number of stitch count on the artwork/logo.

EPS FILE

EPS stands for "Encapsulated Postscript", which is a sophisticated file format for capturing precise image and text information. Because of the mathematical basis for building the format, EPS files are the most reliable method for communicating artwork.

MINIMUM QUANTITY

It is the least amount of quantity required for decorating a item. Minimum quantities are listed as the starting pricing column. However, sometimes manufacturers will have an Absolute Minimum quantity of 1/2 the listed quantity. This minimum usually requires a "less than minimum" charge and varies in amount from manufacturer to manufacturer.

OVERRUNS/UNDERRUNS

In certain instances you may receive an overage or a shortage on your order. Due to manufacturing quality and production standards there will be over runs and occasionally under runs. We make every effort to meet your quantity exactly. The industry standard on most products is ± 5%. For instance, if you order 1,000 mugs you could potentially receive between 950 and 1,050 mugs. Exceptions to the above are paper and plastic bags, which may vary ± 25%. We will only bill you for the actual quantity shipped.

PMS COLOR MATCHING

PMS stands for Pantone Matching System®. Each color in the Pantone color chart corresponds to a particular number. It is used to precisely match colors for printing. Most manufacturers have their own standard list of imprint colors for decorating, therefore an exact PMS match may require additional charge. Click for Example

PRODUCTION TIME

Production time refers to the time it will take us to custom produce the items for you. It will start after we received your paper proof approval. Production time is generally 10 business days after approval. Time required for shipping is not included in the production time. We do offer rush service on most products. Additional costs may apply.

SET UP CHARGE

Custom imprinting your logo on an item requires printing plates, film, die or setting up the engraving laser (just to name a few). It is independent of the actual costs of imprinting.