When it comes to corporate gifts, there are many different types of printing methods available. Axxel Marketing offers over 10 different types of printing methods for your customised corporate gifting needs.
Corporate Gifts Printing Types
Printing is an integral process of corporate gift sales. Printing knowledge is crucial in deciding the feasibility of client printing request and also the printing cost.
DIE CUT STICKER & DECAL (Multi-coloured) (Economical)
Carried out by ﬁrst printing the image on sticker or decal. The printed article will then be die cut into desired shapes and sizes. Ideal for small quantities.
HEAT TRANSFER (M& E)
Heat transfer is carried out by creating a screen print image on paper and applying heat and glue to imprint the image onto the chosen article. This technique can be applied onto all kinds of woven and knitted products.
This traditional decoration technique is instantly recognized as a high quality feature that works really well for adding extra perceived value. Embroidery can be applied to both ﬂat and irregular surfaces of all kinds of woven and knitted products.
Engraving is the practice of incising a design on to a hard, usually ﬂat surface. This method can be used on metal, glass and wood.
Screen printing gives high quality, long lasting results on ﬂat surfaces. Inks are pressed through mesh stencils to produce clear, sharp images that are ideal for logos and text. Screen printing is ideal for large quantities.
Hot stamping is a dry printing method in which a heated die and foil are used to apply graphic on surface. It is a perfect way to create a superior impression.
ROLL PRINTING (M)
Roll printing gives high quality, long lasting results on cylindrical surfaces. Inks are pressed through mesh stencils to produce clear, sharp images that are ideal for logos and text.
It is a process whereby heat and pressure is being applied. This method can be used on real or artiﬁcial leather products.
Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2D image onto an object. It’s a commonly used decoration technique as it can be printed on all kinds of shapes and textures.
UV PRINTING (M)
Flatbed Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images using inkjet printing. Flatbed digital printers use inks made of acrylic monomers that are then exposed to strong UV light to cure, or polymerize them. This process allows for printing on a wide variety of surfaces.
Process colours are colours that contain graduation and toning. Thus, with the mixture of 4 basic colours CYMK, a wide range of colours will be produced. Please note that white colour, metallic colours, neon colours and specific pantone colours cannot be derived from CYMK and thus there are considered as additional colours.
CMYK is a scheme for combining primary pigments. The C stands for Cyan (Light Blue), M stands for Magenta (Pink), Y stands for Yellow and K for Key (Black).
Usually apply on digital and offset printing methods which require achieving multi-colours and toning prints.
The above only apply printing on WHITE base materials/surfaces. Any requirement that needed to print on a coloured materials/surfaces (especially dark colours), WHITE pigment shall introduce as a base print before applying CMYK. This subject to availability of types of print methods capabilities.
Despite CMYK can generate multi-colours, there are still limitation on colours that are unable achieve. Colours like, metallic colours, neon colours and specific pantone colours are colours that not able to achieve by CMYK.
Pros : Able to achieve multi-colour effects and toning effects.
Cons : Unable to achieve exact specific colour tones. Inconsistency on colour accuracy.
Spot colours are distinctive single tone colour. Each colour will require a mould. We will need Pantone Chart to identify the Pantone code of the colour.
Pantone is a standardized colour matching system, utilizing the Pantone numbering system for identifying colours. By standardizing the colours, different manufacturers in different location can call reference a Pantone numbered colour, making sure colours match without direct contact with one another. The most commonly reference colours are in the Pantone solids pallets. The Pantone Solid palette consists of 1’114 colours, identified by three or four digit numbers, followed by a C, U or M suffix. (C = Coated), (U = Uncoated) and (M = Matte)
In our industry, the most common suffix used are in C and occasionally in U. The logos sending from our clients usually comes with guidelines of their logos which Pantone code are stated for our reference on the correct usage of colours.
In general, there are 3 main palettes of colours in Pantone chart. They are general Solid colours, Metallic colours and Neon Colours.
Pantone colours can be applied on printing method such as silkscreen printing. Furthermore, there is no restriction on the base colour of fabric/materials that need to be printed on. However, there will still be colour variation on the logo between a coloured and white base.
Do take note on the finishing of the metallic colours as Pantone does not include chrome and shiny kind of metallic effects. To achieve chrome and shiny effects, it will require a different printing method.
Pros : Able to achieve a specific colour tone according to Pantone Chart.
Cons : Only apply on solid colours which unable to offer gradient toning.
The RGB colour model is an additive colour model in which red, green and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colours.
RGB only applies in monitor screen and projector which does not apply on physical products and hence the colour you see in the monitor screen will differ from the actual product.