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  what to consider when choosing a vinyl-based printing method 

In addition to screen-printing, we also offer the option of heat-pressing vinyl or sewing on tackle twill letters or numbers on to garments. Vinyl letters and numbers come in a standardized athletic font with 2″ high letters and 8″ high numbers for jerseys. Tackle twill names and numbers can be produced in a large variety of sizes and styles. The main advantage of vinyl or tackle twill is that they are 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 material 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.

 custom names & numbers 

In addition to screen-printing, we also offer the option of heat-pressing vinyl or sewing on tackle twill letters or numbers on to garments. Vinyl letters and numbers come in a standardized athletic font with 2″ high letters and 8″ high numbers for jerseys. Tackle twill names and numbers can be produced in a large variety of sizes and styles. The main advantage of vinyl or tackle twill is that they are 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 material 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.

Technical guidelines for vinyl names and numbers


detail and Colour

Vinyl text is initially produced used a mechanized cutting process and because of this it is often impossible to recreate and properly adhere designs that rely on extremely fine text or fonts with very tiny areas of negative space. Additionally it is not possible to specifically match a Pantone code when selecting vinyl text as the choices will be limited to the colour of the vinyl sheets we currently have available. 


file format 

When sending in your files for fully customized names and numbers that rely on a specific font you have chosen it is most ideal for us if they sent as fully vectorized Illustrator files (eps, ai, svg, etc) with the text already outlined. If you do not have access to an outlined vector version of your file we would need you to also send along the font file that was used to create the text so that we can open it properly on our end. 


size restrictions 

If you have no strong preferences over the specific font used for your names and numbers then we will use a standard, pre-made 2″ tall varsity typeface (2 inches tall for letters and 8 inches tall for numbers). Regardless of if you choose custom-cut or premade vinyl text the maximum total width is 10 inches (although this may end up being smaller depending on the product your are printing on).

  popular products for custom names & Numbers 

Custom names & Numbers

In addition to screen-printing, we also offer the option of heat-pressing vinyl or sewing on tackle twill letters or numbers on to garments. Vinyl letters and numbers come in a standardized athletic font with 2″ high letters and 8″ high numbers for jerseys. Tackle twill names and numbers can be produced in a large variety of sizes and styles. The main advantage of vinyl or tackle twill is that they are 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 material 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. 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.

Technical guidelines for Colour Heat Transfers


detail and Colour

There are no restrictions in terms of detail when selecting heat-transfer printing, however there is no possibility for precise Pantone colour matching due to the high variance between screen calibration, colour mode, printer ink, etc. 


file format 

When sending in your files for colour heat-transfer printing please make sure that if the file is pixel-based (jpg, png, pdf, tiff, psd, etc) that it has been saved at least 300dpi. Additionally, please make sure that you have saved your file in the CMYK colour mode otherwise there will be unexpected tonal variances between what you see on your screen and final print.


size restrictions 

When choosing heat-transfer printing the maximum total width is 10 inches (although this may end up being smaller depending on the product your are printing on).

  popular products for 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.

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If you are still unsure about anything related to your printing or apparel needs, here are some helpful links 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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