Pad printing (also known as tampography) is most commonly used for branding objects with complex forms and curvilinear faces. This is the go-to printing method for small objects such as pens. As the name suggests, pad printing involves transferring ink from a silicone pad to the object you want printed. Think of it as a process similar to using the rubber stamps that hobbyists often use (though it’s obviously a bit more advanced than that!). The result is a crisp printed image.
Used on: pens, footballs, USB sticks, among other things.
Screen printing is a printing technique which provides trustworthy and long-lasting results.The process requires the use of a mesh to transfer ink onto the product. An impermeable reversed-out stencil of artwork is used to allow ink to colour where required. This technique is great for large quantities.
Used for: note pads, rulers, pill boxes, among other things.
Artwork is engraved onto objects using laser beams. This type of printing is resistant to weathering and suitable for parts that undergo a lot of wear and tear (automotive, tooling industries, catering utensils, etc.). This technique provides a precise and long-lasting print result and is an incredibly popular choice for branding metal, leather/PU and wooden products.
Used on: metal pens and key rings, wooden containers and chopping boards, card holders, among other things.
Digital Printing/Full Colour
Providing the product is flat or - at most - slightly curved, this print method will guarantee high quality and speed. Similar to your home inkjet printer, this process uses print heads to apply ink directly onto the product. No films or moulds are required, and no machines need to be set up. Employing UV light and specialist inks, this method of printing enables vibrant and full-colour result.
Used on: pens, keyrings, rulers, notebooks, among others.
This method consists of transferring a printed design on paper, onto another surface by means of heat. This technique is very suitable for flexible materials such as umbrellas, bags and clothing. Transfer printing is also a highly effective method of branding enamels or ceramics. This method is popular as it enables even results on various types of fabrics and is very economic for multicolour printing on small quantities.
Used on: aprons, bags, clothing, cork, among others.
Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material. Take note that the definition of both terms are sometimes reversed depending on the printer. This print method is often used to give a product a more sophisticated and premium look.
Used on: notebooks, among other paper and leather products.
Foil blocking is a permanent way of applying a premium-feel finish to materials, such as notebook and diary covers. The process involves a pre-glued metallic foil, pressed by a heated die, into the surface of a material. Gold and silver are the most popular colours; however, always check with the printer as they carry different colour ranges and could potentially offer more!
Used on: notebooks, diaries, among other papers and leathers.
Domed labels are durable, resistant to wear and tear, and increases the perceived value of the products as they look fantastic! The three-dimensional appearance instantly puts the product in a different league to other two-dimensional prints. The process - in short - involves the application of a liquid polyurethane material onto a printed label and left to cure.
Used on: edibles packaging, keyrings, USB sticks, badges, among others.
Mugs - Transfer Printing
Mugs are printed using a special paper which has been edited by the silkscreen technique. The paper is pasted onto the product and placed into an oven. The heating process transfers the ink to the mug.
Mugs - Sublimation Printing
An inkjet printer is filled with sublimation inks and with a specially coated paper the print is put on the product through a heat press. The ink changes into a gas and after cooling down becomes solid again with a superior printing quality.