Bring Your Trophies And Awards To Life With Print
So often you want to have colour in your design, a crest, logo or text. If so, then colour printing is an option you will want to consider. Below are the different methods we use for printing on your awards and gifts. The right method depends on the material that is being used and whether the print covers a whole surface or just specific areas.
Digital printing allows multi-coloured artwork to be directly reproduced onto acrylic, crystal, and glass. There are little to no restrictions on the shape or size of the printing area as long as the surface is flat. The only downside is that the print can be exposed and thus open to scratching or damage. Great detail and even gradients are now possible, meaning complicated logos and images can be faithfully reproduced on a range of materials. This method is also great for when the surface area around the artwork on the award needs to be kept clear or “see through.”
This new technique, offered by Impact Glass Creations, allows the rich colours to be printed onto special white or clear film which is then “encapsulated” onto the back of the crystal when viewed from the front. A thin layer of crystal is then placed and sealed over the film which guarantees a lifetime of protection from any scratches or peeling.
This method is great when covering a whole surface area with print or if transparent colours are needed in the design.
In the process of sublimation printing, a design is printed in reverse onto a special release paper using a special ink. The paper with the printed image is then placed on the desired surface and subjected to high temperature and pressure for a short period of time. After it has cooled, the release paper is peeled away and the image will have been transferred to the new surface. Best results are achieved when the substrate has been precoated with a layer that is receptive to the printed ink and so “absorbes” the image, creating a permanent transfer.
This method is great for printing on metal surfaces and flat irregular shapes.