Direct to garment printing technology is relatively new and has many advantages over screen printing, not the least of which is that there are no setup fees due to the streamlined process of transferring ink directly to the garment with the use of a specialized ink jet printer. Furthermore, the printer is capable of producing extraordinarily high resolution imprints on the garment. While screen printing only makes financial sense for large quantity orders, the direct to garment printer is ideal for small quantity orders. There are some disadvantages to using a direct to garment printer including high ink costs and fabric limitations - use of 100% ring spun cotton shirts are highly recommended to produce the sharp images the printer is capable of producing. The cost of imprinting a garment using our direct to garment printer will generally be higher than the per shirt cost of a screen printed tee. However, the higher costs are offset by the high quality of the imprint, the ability to print a virtually unlimited color palate, combined with minimal setup costs (usually involving cleaning up artwork), small imprint runs using a direct to garment printer can be a cost-effective solution to your customized apparel needs.
If you want to print on mugs, license plates and other popular hard surface items then Dye Sublimation printing is the answer! Dye Sublimation, as a process, is really very simple. It is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat, and pressure. Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals, etc. require a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. The products to be imprinted must have the coating already on them - it is not something you can coat yourself. (A special thanks to BestBlanks.com for the sublimation primer.) Logo Lodge works with a number of vendors that supply sublimation blanks (including apparel) - just let us know what you are looking for and we'll provide an estimate within 24 hours of your request. Dye Sublimation printing is ideal for first-class promotional products, company branding, thank you gifts and more!
Here at Logo Lodge we use CorelDRAW X7 to manipulate the artwork provided by our customers to be suitable for production. Although we are not a graphics design studio, we have the skills and capability to enhance customer supplied artwork, provided the artwork meets the requirements noted below.
Screen printing is best suited for larger quantity orders (a minimum order of 12 garments is required) since each job will incur setup fees (typically artwork fees and a nominal per-screen setup fee). Significant cost savings can be realized with orders of 36 or more screen printed garments. Although we do not have a graphics design department, we are able to take most .jpg and .png files (with reasonable resolution) and clean the artwork up and make minor adjustments. We can screen print on a variety of garment types (t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.) and material types (100% cotton, 50-50 Cotton/Poly blend, as well as 100% polyester). We have water-based inks, plastisol (for high blend cotton shirts), poly (for polyester shirts), as well as reflective, glow in the dark, and glitter inks. Call us today for a quote!
No order is too large or small - many of our walk-in customers bring small quantities of apparel to have embroidered and are happy to discover that we treat our small order customers with the same respect and patience accorded our high volume customers. With an unbelievable array of thread colors available (no extra charges for thread color for up to 15 colors), scores of stock fonts and sew-able 'clip-art' available, the sky's the limit for what you can do to customize your apparel. We can embroider just about anything that can be sewn (as long as we can hoop the article) including hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, jackets, bags, linens, towels and similar items - as well as uniforms for work and school (sorry - we cannot embroider leather at this time). We are perfectly happy to embroider apparel that you bring in, or we can order the items for you. We work with a number of vendors when purchasing apparel - chances are we will be able to find what you are looking for. Call us today for a quote!
Screen printing is an age-old process in which a design is imposed on a fine mesh screen with blank areas made impermeable, whereby only the artwork is transferred to the apparel. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by a 'fill blade' or 'squeegee'. Artwork requiring more than one color uses a screen for each color - depending on the artwork and color of the apparel, an additional screen for a white under-base may be required. The imprinted clothing article is run through a conveyor belt heating system where the ink is cured at an appropriate temperature and duration. We have a large number of ink colors in stock and can match your artwork colors using our Pantone color matching process. Screen printing is an affordable way to outfit your team, classroom, cub den, family reunion, or any large gathering with a keepsake that, if laundered properly, can last for many outings.
A custom embroidered logo from Logo Lodge is a classic way to build brand awareness and promote employee pride. Nothing says 'professional' like a neatly embroidered logo on an employee's polo shirt. While once the domain of the wealthy, custom embroidery is available to all at amazingly affordable prices. Scores of stock fonts are available for sew-outs of text... stock artwork is also available that can be combined with your text, saving you the cost of digitizing services. However, if you have specific artwork or your own logo that you would like to use for customizing apparel, Logo Lodge has the in-house expertise to digitize your artwork for a small fee - which can be and often is waived for large orders. Do you already have a digitized logo? Simply email or bring in your '.dst' file to save on digitizing costs. Customers who pay to have their logo digitized, own the digitized '.dst' file. The team here at Logo Lodge takes tremendous pride in providing the highest quality embroidery services at affordable prices.