FAQ

A Screen-Printed Image is one where ink is passed through a mesh (screen) directly onto a garment. Each colour is printed with a separate screen. The ink used is VERY durable, and is not something you have to worry about fading or washing off.

An Iron On is typically done when there is a very small quantity of garments to print.

In these cases, ink is applied to special thermal paper, which is then pressed (with heat) to the garment.

The ink can be applied to the thermal paper with either: a) ink from an inkjet printer (onto special paper) or b) the same ink as we use for direct Screen Printing.

Iron Ons have come a long way from the “old days” when they used to crack, fade, or peel. Having said that, Iron Ons can still be less durable than a direct screen print.

We also sell and apply Vinyl / Thermofilm Numbers and Lettering often used for team jerseys.  See “Names and Numbers” below.

Category: Screen Printing

Both Screen-Printing and Embroidery are great ways to decorate your garment, and they both have their advantages. While the option you choose is a matter of personal taste, some garments definitely lend themselves better to one form of decoration over the other. For each product in our Product Catalogue, we will give you the option to obtain a quote for both methods so you can compare pricing. If a garment is NOT recommended for Printing or Embroidery, that option will not be shown.

Screen-Printing

DurableLong gone are the days when you had to worry about a printed image washing off, peeling, or fading. Our Screen Printing is done to last, and will withstand years of repeated washings and wearings.

Cost-Effective: In many cases, Screen Printing is more cost-effective than Embroidery.

Embroidery

Very Durable:  Embroidered images are sewn right on to the garment, so they’re there forever.

Garment Types More suitable for certain garment types such as Outerwear, Headwear, Polar Fleece, and Business Wear. Please see Embroidery Questions FAQ.

It depends! In many cases, we consider it to be part of our job to assist you with your artwork, so we expect to spend some time getting your artwork ready for printing. If we’re supplied with vector-based graphics (see “What Kind Of Artwork Files Do You Accept” above), the chances are good that there won’t be any additional artwork charges.

The extent of work we anticipate that will be required for your job will be assessed once we have seen your artwork files. You will be notified of any anticipated artwork charges before we commence work.

We encourage you to send us whatever you have for artwork using the “Artwork Creation” link under the “Services Menu”,  so that we can provide you with feedback on your artwork.

Category: Artwork

Yes and No.

Yes, you can send us a web image in order to give us an idea of what you want.

However, because web images are typically saved at a very low resolution (and are very tiny), when they’re enlarged to the size you want, they’ll probably look quite “pixelated” or jagged (also referred to as “bad”!)

Fortunately, we have a very strong Artwork Department, and our artists can do wonders with some of the worst “starting” images. Bear in mind, though, that you may incur art charges, depending on how much work is required to make your image “t-shirt worthy”. But we’ll always let you know in advance what we expect any art charges to be.

Please refer to “My Artwork Needs Some Help” below to see if you will be charged for this.

Category: Artwork

You have several options:

  • E-mail: Attach your artwork to the “Artwork Creation Form” under the Services Menu
  • E-mail: Attach your artwork to the “Quote A Job Form”
  • E-mail: You can e-mail it directly to us at art@ironpromotions.com  (If you’re e-mailing us a file, please ensure the file size is less than 5 MB.)
  • FTP: If you have access to an FTP page, let us know the FTP site and password and we’ll pick it up.
Category: Artwork

If you created your file in CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Illustrator CS, or FreeHand, the chances are pretty good that it will be something we can work with easily.

This usually means that the file will have one of the following extensions:

.cdr (CorelDraw)
.ai (Adobe Illustrator)
.fh (FreeHand)
.eps

We accept many kinds of artwork

IDEALLY, we would like to receive VECTOR-BASED graphics.

If you created your file in CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Illustrator CS, or FreeHand, the chances are pretty good that it will be something we can work with easily.

This usually means that the file will have one of the following extensions:

  • .cdr (CorelDraw)
  • .ai (Adobe Illustrator)
  • .fh (FreeHand)
  • .eps

If you can’t manage that, feel free to try sending us files in the following formats (at as high a resolution as possible. We suggest a minimum of 300 dpi).

  • .psd (Adobe Photoshop CS)
  • .pdf (Adobe Acrobat)
  • .tiff (especially if it’s a one colour design)

Less desirable are the following file types, (but feel free to try sending them anyway):

  • .jpeg or .jpg
  • .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • .pub (Microsoft Publisher)
  • .ppt (Powerpoint)

In a worst-case scenario, you can send us a .gif (likely something you obtained from a website), but the quality of these is often poor, and you might expect to incur some artwork charges as we do our best to bring it to the stage where you’ll be proud to have it on your garment. (See “Internet Images” below)

If possible, please supply Pantone numbers for the ink colours.

Category: Artwork