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Printing Techniques

Digital direct printing is the standard print method for both the create-your-own area and the SpreadShop. As a customer, you can change the print method to plot printing, as long as it is an available print option for the selected design. Simply click on the design to find out. If available, the colour selection for flex, flock and special foil printing opens automatically. Requirements for printing graphics with plot and digital direct can be read here.

This is how we print: Digital Print

Digital Direct

Digital Direct

 

In computer-controlled production, the colours are sprayed onto the item. Digital Direct is Spreadshirt’s new standard print method, as it’s the most favoured choice. More about Digital Direct

  • Available for all file formats
  • Brilliant print results
  • Smooth surface thanks to dyed-in-fabric prints

Thermo sublimation

Thermo sublimation

 

The design is initially printed on a transfer foil and then put onto the product by means of thermal evaporation.

  • Used to print on accessories like mugs and phone cases
  • Available for all file formats
  • Minimum resolution for pixel graphics: 400dpi
  • The product’s surface will be colourised

Digital Transfer/
Laser Transfer

Laser Transfer

 
 

The design is initially printed on a transfer foil and then printed on the product by applying heat. White products receive a transparent foil, colour products a white transfer foil.

  • Used to print on accessories like bags and caps
  • Available for all file formats
  • A matte foil creates a design that can be easily sprayed on the product

This is how we print: Plotting

Flex printing (smooth)

Smooth (flex print)

 

The design is printed on matte foil and then heat-pressed onto the product.

  • Suitable for text and smaller designs (e.g. logos)
  • The template needs to be a vector graphics file.
  • Max. 3 colours per design

Flock printing (velvety)

Velvety (flock print)

 

The design is cut out of a velvety foil and then heat-pressed onto the product.

  • The template needs to be a vector graphics file.
  • Max. 3 colours per design
  • The design sticks out slightly but visibly, and it feels velvety-smooth.

Special (flex printing)

Special (flex print)

 

This special kind of flex printing is done by using special effect foils, e.g. glitter or glow-in-the-dark.

  • The template needs to be a vector graphics file.
  • Suitable for text and simple designs
  • Only one colour per design possible

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