Monday, 12 March 2018 10:50

The right logo for your print!

One of the main questions that is most frequently asked in the world of Gadgets is definitely: "What format should my logo be for printing?". Precisely for this reason we decided to devote an article where we will try to clarify any kind of doubt on the subject.



What is a vector file?

A vector file is a file created by curves and paths, all generated by a series of mathematical rules. Thanks to this the logo being in high definition will always guarantee an excellent result during printing. The reason is very simple, the vector is not in any way formed by the classic pixels (single squares from which a digital image is formed). The files formed by the classic pixels are the .jpg, .png, .gif and all the other bitmap formats.


How to understand if a file is vector?

Once you are in possession of your logo to understand if it is in vector format or not enough to zoom in on the graphics of the file and see if the image is grainy. If enlarging the file you see the image always clear without any kind of ginning then that file is right for printing and you can send it to us without problems. But if in case it turns out grainy at the time of zooming then that file is definitely .jpg, .png, .gif or bitmap.


The right print format

Now we will list the correct formats of the logos for the printing phase on your chosen gadget and those not correct.
Correct format: .ai, .eps, .cdr e pdf
Wrong format: .jpg, .png, .gif, bitmap


We really hope to have clarified any doubt on this important topic in the world of gadgets. Now it's up to you to choose your favorite item for your promotion and send us the logo of your brand.

See you soon!

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You have probably seen a lot of people wearing promotional t-shirts. Each t-shirt has a clear and neatly positioned logo that grabs the attention of passersby. This article will focus on the methods that ensure an image (logo in this case) is neatly transferred to the fabric. The methods popularly used are Screen Printing and Heat Transfer. Both these methods have the same goal but are miles apart in execution. Let’s explore them in detail.

SCREEN PRINTING

As the name suggests, screen printing involves transferring of designs to t-shirts through a screen. This form of printing is derived from an ancient method that has a history dating back to 960 AD. Over the years, the process has gone through a lot of changes. Screen printing in its current avatar is more than 100 years old. It became popular after printers discovered the utility value offered by emulsion processes. Also known as silk screening, screen printing became hugely popular in the 1960s. How does it work? Screen printing practitioners first deploy an emulsion layer on the screen. Light is used to burn and imprint a design on the emulsion layer. Later, when the paint passes through the screen, it prints a logo on the fabric that is similar to what has been burnt on the emulsion layer.

Points to note:

  • Time consuming: Screen printing requires separate screens for each color. It can be a time consuming process.
  • Economical when used for bulk t-shirts: Screen printing is considered by many to be an efficient and cost-effective process, especially while personalizing a bulk order of t-shirts.
  • High quality and durable: The final logo is durable and of high quality, ensuring that it lasts for years.
  • Vibrant colors: Colors easily stand out, ensuring people take notice of your logo.

SUBLIMATION

Sublimated textiles are popular for soft signage and interior decoration since they preserve the fabric’s natural drape and texture. Sublimation printing is also used for personalizing hard goods from snowboards and skateboards to aluminium displays and traffic signs.
Applications of sublimation printing are diverse and used in various markets. Examples of popular soft signage applications are banners, flags and sportswear. Customized interior decoration items are also in demand. Just think about custom-made curtains, table-cloths and lamp shades. Also the fashion industry and photographers are keen on sublimated textiles.
As you can see, the sublimation technique has large market potential and good perspectives. With Roland DG’s sublimation printers it is easier than ever to produce outstanding results, even without special training.

Points to note:

  • Textile Sublimation never fades!
  • The ink chemically melts into the fabric.
  • It’s impossible to tell that it’s printed by touch alone, it doesn’t weigh anything and the fabric remains breathable.
  • It’s a very fast method that can be used for small quantities.
  • The big disadvantage however is that this technique can only be used on white polyester items, but luckily we have a large range available: T-shirts, shirts, polo shirts, raincoats, bags, umbrellas etc.


Conclusion

If you have a small order with different kinds of customization (for example, different team names), then sublimation is the method to use. Use screen printing if you have a large order and need the imprint to be more durable. For any other type of information do not hesitate to contact the Gadget Lab staff! See you soon!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 01:00

Printed T-Shirt


Another very effective advertising vehicles, as classic shirts are customized with your company logo. This is a promotional item timeless, certainly has infinite qualities, but it can, in other respects, be limited (we will see later why).
The most frequently chosen primarily for the convenient quality / price ratio, is that of a short-sleeved cotton shirts in plain, on which is printed, or better, screen, company logo or design chosen. To explore this branch of advertising gadgets is best to take in analyzing different cases or situations dictated by customer needs.

For convenience divide the article into several sections, taking into account initially the solutions are popular.

T-Shirts economic, high consumption and deterioration.

The choice of a t-shirt with short sleeves and cotton weight is not too high (less than 140g.) Is best to dress the staff working in environments and works in situations that wear out the fabric. The customization is usually in the printing of the logo by screen printing to one or two colors on the chest. These t-shirts have a short life cycle, so do not require high quality and it does not have specific promotional purposes (not to convey the image of the company strong and highly qualified).

T-shirts of medium to high quality, heavy-weight

If you wish to distribute this article as a tribute to the public or even create a company branded clothing line and opt for the choice of a material of low weight you will get poor results certainly in terms of image. In this case the most interesting that I recommend is that of a t-shirt with screen printing to one or more colors on the chest and possibly on the back. The ideal weight is 160g.

What does it cost to print a t-shirt?

Since the bulk of the cost of production is due to the construction of the frame for screen printing, you can well understand that more t-shirts are printed, the lower the price of each piece. The shirts are sold by the dozen, for a minimum order of 100 head of mixed sizes (xs, s, m, l, xl and xxl). Hardly who will release minor items at an acceptable price.

The variables that come into play and contribute to the cost of the shirts are finished:

the type of printing (screen-printed, adhesive)
the number of prints (front only, back only, or front / back?)
the number of colors (which forces you to make one or more plates for the frame)
the number of pieces (if you print many shirts you can spread the price of the plants on a larger number of animals)

You only print a few t-shirt type?

The solution exists! You only have to compromise.
Forget first screen printing, opting instead for the transfer or sublimation printing!

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