Printing Techniques

There are 3 ways we can print onto our products and all are described in detail below. The best ways to supply your art and the design services we offer can also be found here. Proofs, (art sent back to you, for approval or changes), copyright issues and the things we won’t print are also covered below.

Single Colour Screen Print

This is the cheapest, and simplest of the 3 printing techniques we offer. We can print a single colour logo or design on any jersey-neoprene colour. Please note that opaque inks such as white or yellow do not print well on the camouflage pattern neoprene because there is some show through of the base pattern.

After approval of your full colour proof, which shows the proposed artwork, product and print colour/s, the image is broken down to black on white/clear computer screen in a vector based drawing program — Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator are used. This is called a positive, from which a film is made. The film is laid under an aluminium-framed screen, and after exposure to light, the design areas of your print become ‘gaps’ which the screen print ink can pass through.

After fixing the screen in a flat bed printer, your chosen ink colour is pushed over and though the screen, directly to the jersey covering of the neoprene blank. After drying, the products are glued and/or sewn together. Because the ink has soaked into the jersey covering, it will not peel or flake off.

Heavily tinted ink, printed in large art blocks may show cracks over time — we will advise you in advance if we think there could be a problem. A small amount of ‘ink bleed’ occurs, however with good quality art, this is not visible to the naked eye.

Plastisol Transfer Print

This is a multiple colour, solid print technique. An indirect way of multiple colour screen-printing, where from 2 to 6 colors are printed on any jersey-neoprene colour.

After approval of your full colour artwork proof which shows proposed product and print colours, the image is reverted to vector based art where each colour is created in a separate layer within the art file.

Individual layers are then separated to black on a white/clear computer screen — this is called a positive, from which the film is created. The film is then laid under an aluminium framed screen and after exposure to light, the art areas of your print become ‘gaps’ which the plastisol ink can pass through.

The individual colors are printed in layers on a release paper, drying between each colour. The end result is a plastisol transfer which is heat pressed onto the surface of the jersey covering of the product blank. After cooling the applied transfer, the products are then glued and/or sewn together.

With the correct application temperature, plastisol transfers become bonded with the jersey covering, and are not prone to peel away. Because there is negligible ink bleed, this is an ideal print technique for maintaining the integrity of corporate logo standards.

Dye Sublimation Print

This is an unlimited colour printing technique: complex, computer generated graphics with colour blending, 3D effects, full colour drawings or scanned copies of art, cartoons, full colour or black and white photographs can be printed using dye sublimation.

It’s a completely different process from either screen print or plastisol transfers — there are no screens to make, it’s a digital print.

After approval of your full colour art, the image is fed to a high-end inkjet printer, which outputs full colour onto a special paper. The paper is then heat pressed onto white product blanks, which turns the ink into a gas, and dyes the jersey covering of the neoprene.

The process will not work if pre colored jersey (neoprene) is used, so please ignore the colour chart on this site. It would be like trying to print a full colour photograph to pre-colored photographic paper, or using colored paper in your laser/ink jet printer and sending a photo from your computer to be printed — the colours of your art would be completely changed, and would not be true to the original. However, we can include your chosen background colour as part of your design, and dye sublimate print over the top of the white product blank. Once printed, no white of the product blank is left showing. Therefore, you’re not limited to choosing from our pre-coloured neoprene. In fact, quite often, dye sublimated products are printed entirely with a full colour photograph so there’s no ‘background’ colour — the photo is the background colour!

The special paper used for this process comes in A3 width rolls, and is quite expensive, as are the inks used. To completely cover the white product blanks, a ‘bleed off’ of 5 mm is required, so that the entire white blank is overprinted with your full colour art and choice of background colour. The size of the paper limits the range of products that we can print on. For odd shaped or large product blanks, there is quite a bit of paper wastage, which adds to the unit cost. The most efficient use of the paper is for product codes: 001, 002, 002BC, 002eh, 003, 020, and 015. These items all have square or rectangular blank shapes.

Dye Sublimation Print Process

Artwork (Supplied By You)

The quickest way for you to send your art is via e-mail as an attachment — PC friendly format preferred. You can also post your art: hand drawn or laser printed on white paper; original photographs for dye sublimation print; a CD, or USB storage device (PC format preferred). All artwork is sent back to you in full colour for final approval before commencing printing (see proofs below).

If you’re having trouble suppling the art you want printed, please email me or ring me on (03) 6231 5188 (within Australia) or +61 3 6231 5188 (outside Australia). I’m here to help you.

Artwork Services

Most simple art services, such as adding and re-positioning fonts, adding, re-colouring and positioning of clip art, company logos, brands and scanning can be done by me free of charge, for any size order. I can also create simple logos for you from scratch. I use Corel Draw, (versions 6 to 11 — a vector based drawing program) and copyright free clip art plus any art supplied by you to do this. Please contact me to discuss your artwork requirements.

Clip Art

If you’d like some clip art to use as part of your print, I’m a subscriber to the web site which has heaps (10 million, so they say!) of good quality images on it. Visit the Clipart website to find the image you want to use as part of your design, use the search box on the left of the page. After clicking on the info/download button, you can then email me the item number or the image you like, I then download the image, to use in your design. Fonts work differently to clip art - I need the font's name (which usually start with the prefix JI). Don't try to download the image or font yourself.

Using Different Fonts

There are also an abundance of font types (writing styles) available for us to download and use on your print. You can search for a font alphabetically, or search by category. Click on the link below, and after finding the font type you like, email me the font name. Don't try to download the font file yourself.

Re-creating Logos and Photo Manipulation

More complex jobs, involving conversion of pixel based art to vector, (for screen print or plastisol transfer), re-creating corporate logos, or complex manipulation of photographs can be done by my graphic artist friend Larry, in Port Douglas: He charges a very reasonable $30.00 AU an hour (+ 10% GST, if you are an Australian client).

Customised Cartoons

For cartoons and caricatures, I recommend the services of David Green - a professional cartoonist, with 25 years experience. Please visit his web site at to check out the high quality of his work. His full colour candid caricatures can be used with our dye sublimation print process, and black + white ones can be used with our single colour screen print process.

To arrange a custom drawn cartoon or caricature to incorporate with your print, please deal with David directly, (and e-mail me the finished product) but please also liaise with me as to the best dimensions & layout to fit the product you want printed.

Some examples of David's cartoon logos:

Proofs (Art Sent To You For Approval)

Unless you are re-ordering a print run with no art changes, we will e-mail or post a full colour proof to you prior to printing.

I’ve been wholesaling neoprene products since September 1994 and have supplied many hundreds of clients. In fact I sold my millionth product sometime in the middle of 2007! I can guide you through the best positioning and size of your art to ensure your products show your logo or message with maximum exposure.

If you’d like us to print on your behalf, a club logo, business logo, product logo, corporate logo, government logo, (and the list goes on) a photograph, an image lifted from a web site, or copy of an original artwork, you must have an existing right to use these, or permission from the artwork owner to re-produce them.

What We Won’t Print

We reserve the right to refuse to print material which may be considered defamatory, incites violence or hatred against others, is potentially libellous, is of an indecent (sexual or otherwise) nature, is immoral, fraudulent or illegal, or promotes an activity or business to which we are vehemently opposed. For example, if your company manufactures land mines, or clear fells old growth forests — forget about us helping to promote your product or business!

If the wording or design is not written in English and a translation is not provided, we will not be able to check that the product print doesn’t fall into any of the above categories. Proceeding with the order absolves us from risk.