How it works
Printing methods and processes
Printing and Decoration Methods
Aside from our software expertise, Print Your Cause possesses superior artistic expression with products printed perfectly. Our decoration methodologies yield a printing quality that is highly unique. We offer the kind of printing and decoration techniques that prompt our clients to jump up and cheer. We offer both the basics and the cutting edge.
Direct to Garment - DTG
The Direct to Garment (DTG) method is precisely what its name suggests. It is also a newer, on-demand printing technique that requires the use of state-of-the-art DTG printers which apply a special ink. It can best be compared to that of an office printer, with the difference, of course, that it uses t-shirts instead of paper. The images are first perfected on the computer and then copied directly onto the fabric. Because of its high-tech construction, it can incorporate an array of colors and the most minute of detail. The result is a thin layer that is cherished for its softness. Many appreciate that it is soft to the touch and elicits coziness.
Heat Transfer Printing
Heat Transfer Printing a.k.a. the Heat Press is a popular technique that has been utilized for more than a century. The Heat Press involves a two-step process: 1) Print or cut the design and 2) Apply heat and pressure onto the shirt. This printing method is ideal for complex or ornate designs, and yields highly durable outputs. Many enjoy the soft texture that it produces. It is well-utilized for small batch projects, and is appreciated for its economy.
Dye Sublimation is optimal for some fabrics. Take note of the process: 1) Application of a special liquid dye to transfer paper, 2) Allow time for the paper to dry in it its entirety, 3) Heat and apply pressure directly onto the fabric for transition of the substance from a solid to gaseous state. Due to the processing, it is ideal for light fabrics like polyester, but not great for heavier fabrics like cotton. We also have specialized presses to dye sublimate onto specially coated drinkware. Clients with multi-color designs and varied patterns may opt for this special technique. It is a pricier option but lasts forever. It is an option that should be considered for large and complex designs that require added processing and detail.
Embroidery is a well-known technique and in a class of its own. Because the threads are stitched directly onto the garment, the result is a refined-looking product that will endure. It necessitates a great deal of professionalism during the decoration process. Embroidered products exhibit a pronounced look and the appearance of refinement. It is the perfect decorating method for simple designs on golf shirts, jackets, and caps/treasured hats. Embroidery epitomizes custom apparel.
Laser engraving practiced at Print Your Cause equates to uniqueness. There are multiple techniques involved within such a method. We offer two types of engraving. The most common form of engraving, CO2 engraving which excels at custom cutting and engraving onto wood and glass. We also specialize in fiber laser engraving which allows us to engrave on a variety of metals like tumblers, badges, leather, and other unique products.
Screenprinting, also commonly referred to as silkscreen printing, is the most widely used method - and for good reason. It involves the utilization of a stencil or template coupled with synthetically-made mesh. The mesh needs to be well cleaned as the ink washes over the mesh and is squeegee-pressured onto the shirt. The image displayed is thick in texture and reveals bright colors optimally embedded on darker fabrics.
Screenprinting mass produces high quality t-shirts with excellent design replication results. Due to the stenciling applied, it does require extra time and labor to set up. Although more costly to set up, the per piece cost drops with higher volumes.