1. What materials do you use?
- Bunting: Traditional flag material woven from 100% polyester spun yarn. This type of material is commonly used throughout the flag industry worldwide.
- Ultrasheen: A self-locking 3-yarn warp-knit flag material made from 100% polyester filament yarn with gloss finish. It is lightweight and durable. Due to its construction and speed of production, it is most economical to produce and brings down the cost of flags considerably.
- Ribtex: This revolutionary flag material is unique, having been developed to suit extreme conditions and where price is a factor. It is self-locking warp-knit with small reinforced “holes” and ribs knitted into the material for better airflow and strength. The unique design requires no hems or stitching, further reducing the cost. Ideally suited for vertical flags.
- Bannerweave: An exceptionally strong, medium weight 100% polyester woven material specially for banners. It has a matt finish, which does not reflect light yet colours appear extremely bright.
- Satin Knit: A material ideally suited for both screen and digital print. This material looks and feels like satin but is more economical. Ideal for quality indoor point-of-sale material.
- Pongee: Used mainly for desk / table flags.
- PVC: We use PVC, which can be printed on both sides without the image showing through. This material, which prints well in both spot colours and CMYK.
- Gazebo Canvas: Water resistant coated polyester material.
2. What are the different printing methods that you use?
- Screen Printing: A printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to ill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.
- Digital Printing: Printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large-format inkjet printers.
- Dye-sublimation: A printing process that uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric.
- UV Printing: Ultraviolet (UV) printing is the process of using UV inks instead of traditional inks. Traditional inks are solvent based and dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.
- PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): A highly efficient substrate that allows for high quality prints and caters for any branding requirements.
3. What do I need to know about sending my own artwork to you?
Artwork may be sent to us via these mediums, on PC & Mac platform
- USB • Flash Stick • CD/DVD • DropboxEmail (no larger than 8MB) • WeTransfer
Acceptable programs supported & acceptable file extensions
- Corel Draw x8 - .cdr • Freehand MX - .h • Photoshop CS6 - .psd / .eps / .tif / hi res .jpg • Adobe Illustrator CS6 - .ai / .pdf / .eps
Non-acceptable file extentions
- Bmp • Low Resolution • Microsoft Word / Excel • Microsoft PowerPoint • Paint
File preparation for layouts
- All fonts to be converted to curves
- All images to be saved in CMYK format
- Images that are saved to inal print size must not be less than 150 dpi
- A4 images to be scanned at a minimum of 600 dpi
- Images that extend of the edge must include bleed (of 100mm all round)
- Mac files to be exported as freehand 9 upwards documents
- Images are to be supplied uncropped
4. What information do you need when ordering a flag or flagpoles
For Flags and Banners
- Flag dimension in millimeters.
- Do you want the flag to have rope and toggle, eyelets or a sleeve?
- How many eyelets and how far apart?
- Sleeve on left, left and right, top or top and bottom?
- Air vents required and how many?
- Dowel stick or PVC piping - (used with a flag with a sleeve). We do not supply dowel sticks, this is an item which can be purchased at your local hardware store.
- Rope required?
- Cable ties required? We do not supply cable ties, this is an item which can be purchased at your local hardware store.
5. Terminology used in the printing industry
- Bleed: Refers to the printed image extending beyond the trim edge of the fabric or PVC.
- Bleed Through: When printing one side of a fabric and image shows through the other side.
- Bleeding: Used to describe when inks appear to have run on a print or when two colours have mixed reproducing a different colour other than the required colour.
- Grammage: Metric system term for expressing the basic weight of fabric, PVC or paper.
- Half Tone: A reproduction of an image of varying tone values attained by printing dots for various sizes.
- Strike Through or Show Through: When the ink is printed on one side of the sheet penetrates the paper and is visible on the other side as a mirror image.
- Tensile Strength: Maximum force required to break a piece of fabric with a given width under prescribed laboratory conditions.
- Pixilation: Used to describe artwork that is not good enough quality to reproduce on a large format printing process.
- Fading: Used to describe the quality of the print or inks after being exposed to the elements of light for a number of months.
- Contamination: Refers to small ink spots or marks caused by smudging of inks on flag or banner after it has been printed.
- GSM: Grams per square. Another term referring to the weight of a piece of fabric measured per square meter.
- Chonk: Rubber edging on a banner wall frame for insertion of fabric.
- Deluxe: Made with superior quality material.
- Econo (Abbreviated from economical): Made with more economical material.
- Length: The measurement of the extent of something from end to end.
- Height: The distance from the base to the top.
- Fabric Frames: Supplied with heavy duty aluminium frame with 2.5 wall thickness, 42mm profile with an outer groove.
- Fabric Frames Econo: Supplied with light duty aluminium frame with 1.5 wall thickness, 40mm profile with no groove.
- Corner Set: 90 degrees steel plates to allow for easy assembly.
- Solid Panel: One complete print with no visible joints.
- Pull up Banner Deluxe: Printed on PVC supplied with heavy duty base.
- Pull up Banner Econo: Printed on PVC supplied with light duty base.
- Harp Banner Deluxe: Printed on ultrasheen supplied with fibreglass rod.
- Harp Banner Econo: Printed on ultrasheen supplied with aluminium rod.
- Telescopic Banner Deluxe: Printed on ultrasheen supplied with fiberglass rod.
- Telescopic Banner Econo: Printed on ultrasheen supplied with aluminium rod.
- Windcheater Banner Deluxe: Printed on ultrasheen supplied with fiberglass rod.
- Windcheater Banner Econo: Printed on uncoated ultrasheen supplied with aluminium rod.
- Correx: An extruded twin wall fluted/corrugated polypropylene sheet and offers efficient solutions to a wide variety of applications. It is favoured by industry for its lightweight structure and competitive pricing.
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS): ABS is one of the most widely used plastics. It has excellent dimensional stability and is easy to paint and glue. Natural (beige) ABS and black ABS are FDA compliant for use in food processing applications.
- Forex: Is a lightweight, yet exceptionally strong substrate that has a wide variety of uses. This popular product is known to be a remarkably good print substrate, allowing for vivid prints, and can be used for a range of sleek looking branding and displays.
- Perspex: Is a versatile product that is durable, weather resistant and ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Perspex is printed digitally directly onto a range of colours and opacities making perspex an obvious choice when it comes to efficient and attractive signage or displays.
- Vinyl: A form of outdoor advertising, printed with eco-solvent, solvent-based inks or UV-curable ink jet inks. These types tend to contain durable pigments, which provide superior weather and UV-fading resistance.
- ECO Boards: Standard panels made of natural fibres represent a sustainable and green solution, which can be applied in the construction of buildings as well as the manufacturing of furniture. ECO Boards are best used in the manufacturing of end products, which require a certain degree of structural strength. ECO Boards are a real alternative to concrete, bricks or OSB.
- Fibreglass: Is a type of ibre reinforced plastic where the reinforcement fibre is specially glass fibre. The glass ibre may be randomly arranged, lattened into a sheet (called a chopped strand mat), or woven into a fabric.
- Eyelet: A small round hole in PVC or cloth for threading a lace, string, or rope through.
- Canvas: An extremely durable plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which sturdiness is required.
- Flagpole Swivel: A device consisting of two parts, each of which turns around independently, one part of it turns freely and the other by means of a headed pin, allowing for a 90 degrees movement from upright to horizontal position.