Here at Lasting Impressions we offer multiple services including: Screen printing, embroidery, digital printing and laser engraving. Below is a description of each process, listing the pros & cons for each decoration method.
Screen Printing is a process of decorating material with a stenciled design made from a fine mesh screen. A separate screen is made for each color within the design. Ink is then pressed through the holes in the mesh which transfers the design from the screen onto a material.
- Minimum of 24 pieces for a new order.
- Minimum of 12 for repeat orders.
- Fine detail and small letters reproduce well.
- The size of the design doesn’t affect the cost.
- Pricing is based on the number of colors in your design.
- Designs with 4 or more colors can get expensive.
- Printing on colored garments requires a white base coat, this extra step is counted as another color within your design as it requires an additional screen to be made.
- Garments must be purchased through lasting impressions. We cannot screen print on garments provided by the customer.
Embroidery has a more upscale appeal than screen printing, which makes it a popular choice for corporate apparel and on polos.
- Pricing is based on the stitch count, which is affected by the size and complexity of your design.
- Embroidery is generally more expensive than screen printing.
- No Minimum quantity required for an Embroidery order.
- We can embroider on a garment you bring in.
- It’s difficult to achieve color blends or shading.
- Large or complicated designs can be very expensive.
- Embroidery cannot capture fine detail or very small letters.
Digital Printing is a process of decorating material with a four-color process printer. The digital printing process is faster than screen printing because it does not require individual silk screens to be made for each color, rather a digital art file is sent directly from the computer to the printer. Digital printing is best for designs that have a high amount of detail, and orders of a smaller quantity. Pricing is based on the size of your design.
Laser Engraving is a process of decorating material with an intense beam of light to etch the surface of an object. A laser blasts away the top layer of material to reveal the material that resides underneath.