Print Methods

 Standard printing 

Our standard printing is done with a bright, fully opaque layer of plastisol ink. 

 Pros cons  
+ Precise Pantones; can match any colour that you need. +
+ Strong and durable; will not wear away from multiple washes. +
+ High detail; can achieve thin lines, halftone, and small text. +

– Thick ink; large areas of bright colour will feel heavier to the touch. –

EXAMPLES OF STANDARD PRINTING

Standard printing

Our standard printing is done with a bright, fully opaque layer of plastisol ink. Some of the advantages of this style of printing include: its ability to easily match Pantone codes – with standard plastisol we can mix and print in any colour that you need; it is quite durable and will not wear away from multiple washes; can maintain high detail and easily achieve thin lines, halftone, and small text. Some of the disadvantages of standard plastisol printing are that it can be quite thick and heavy to the touch, especially in large area of bright colour on a dark garment.

 Soft-hand printing 

Soft-hand printing is similar to our standard plastisol ink except that it has been thinned out. This thinning of the ink results in a much softer and more translucent print.

Pros cons
+ Soft print; does not feel heavy or thick the way that regular ink can. +
+ Vintage look; on darker garments soft-hand inks can give your shirt a distinctive look. +
+ Just as durable as regular plastisol. +

– Variable colours; less accurate in terms of Pantone matching, especially on darker garments. –

EXAMPLES OF Soft-hand PRINTING

Soft-hand printing



Soft-hand printing is similar to our standard plastisol ink except that it has been thinned out so that the end result is much softer and more 
translucent. Some of the advantages of soft-hand printing are: it will give you a very s
oft print; does not feel heavy or thick the way that regular ink can; vintage look; on darker garments soft-hand inks can give your shirt a distinctive aesthetic; just as durable as regular plastisol. Some of the potential disadvantages of soft-hand printing are: variable colours; less accurate in terms of Pantone matching, especially on darker garments.

 metallic printing 

Metallic printing is similar to our standard plastisol inks in terms of texture and thickness except the ink is full of a reflective particulate that will result in a metallic shine.

Pros cons
+ Flashy aesthetic; metallic prints are very distinctive and eye-catching. +

– Finicky ink; the reflective flakes within the ink don’t allow for halftones or small text. –
– Fragile print; metallic inks are affected more strongly by washing processes than other inks. –
– Heavy texture; the end result feel quite thick especially in larger designs with wide areas of colour. –

EXAMPLES OF metallic PRINTING

Metallic printing

Metallic printing is similar to our standard plastisol inks in terms of texture and thickness except the ink is full of a reflective particulate that will give the end result a metallic shine. The main advantage of metallic printing is its flashy aesthetic – metallic prints are very distinctive and eye-catching. The potential disadvantages of metallic printing are: it is a very finicky in that the reflective flakes within the ink don’t allow for halftones or small text; makes for a fragile print that can be affected more strongly by washing processes than other types of ink; produces a heavy texture with an end result that can feel quite thick especially in larger designs with wide areas of colour.

 custom names & numbers 

In addition to screen-printing, we also offer the option of heat-pressing vinyl letters or numbers on garments. These letters and numbers come in a standardized athletic font with 2″ high letters and 8″ high numbers for jerseys.

Pros cons
+ Economical; it is much cheaper to use these for names instead of making a separate screen for each individual customization. Ideal for teams and school groups. +

– Heat sensitive; susceptible to cracking or wrinkling if put through intensive dryer cycles. –
– Standardized; if you want any specific fonts or letter sizes it can become more expensive. –

EXAMPLES OF custom names & numbers

Custom names & Numbers

In addition to screen-printing, we also offer the option of heat-pressing vinyl letters or numbers on to garments. These letters and numbers come in a standardized athletic font with 2″ high letters and 8″ high numbers for jerseys. The main advantage of this method of application is that it is highly economical in that instead of having to make an entire new screen for each customization, we can use a combination of custom and pre-cut vinyl which is much cheaper. The main disadvantages of vinyl customizations are: that they are a little bit heat sensitive so care should be taken during the washing an drying cycles; most pre-cut vinyl is produced using a standardized set of font styles, if you are looking for anything more complex or detailed then this may not be the best option.

 full colour heat transfers 

Very similar to the process we use for custom names and numbers, heat transfer prints are an option for designs that have intense colour gradation or that are photographic in nature.

Pros cons
+ Digital colours; can achieve any kind of colour or detail that you are able to set up within your original file. +

– Fragile print; extremely susceptible to cracking and wrinkling through the washing and drying process. –
– Adhesive process; due to the fact that this process is adhering a printed sticker to your garment the end result will feel much heavier and less comfortable than most other print processes. –

EXAMPLES OF heat transfers

Full Colour Heat Transfers

Very similar to the process we use for custom names and numbers, heat transfer prints are an option for designs that have intense colour gradation or that are photographic in nature. The main advantage of heat transfers are that they are a quick and easy way to produce full colour images that may contain photographic elements or gradients. The disadvantages of these kinds of print are: they are extremely susceptible to cracking and wrinkling through the washing and drying process; due to the fact that this process is adhering a printed sticker to your garment the end result will feel much heavier and less comfortable than most other print processes.

  EMBROIDERY 

For a far more premium method of applying your designs we also offer embroidery services for hats and garments.

Pros cons
+ Deluxe aesthetic; embroidered designs are very distinctive and eye-catching. +
+ Durable application; much more resistant to any damage from wash cycles. +

– Expensive threading; embroidery is one of the pricier methods of applying your design.  –
– Small script and lines; cannot accurately represent very small portions of your design. –

EXAMPLES OF EMBROIDERY

Embroidery



For a far more premium method of applying your designs we also offer embroidery services for hats and garments. The advantage of embroidery is that it provides an extremely durable and vibrant print that will easily survive any number of wash cycles. The main disadvantages of embroidery is that depending on the complexity and size of your design it can be substantially more expensive than other print methods. Additionally due to the material qualities of the thread used to produce your design, a lot of small, intricate detail can easily be lost with this process.

helpful info

If you are still unsure about anything related to your printing or apparel needs, here are a couple of helpful links to that explain a little bit more about our printing processes and apparel pricing. Additionally, when you find an item that you like you can generate an initial quote on the apparel product page and we’ll get back to you shortly. Alternatively you can contact us directly by phone or email and we will happy to answer any questions you may have.

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416-203-3373

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