Decoration Methods

Rogue Star utilizes eight technologies to deliver the highest quality garments.

  • Direct to Garment (DTG)
  • Laser Cut Heat Film
  • Embroidery
  • Full Colour Heat Applications
  • Silk Screening
  • Sublimation
  • 3M High Visibility Application
  • Embossing & Debossing

Direct to Garment (DTG)

Analog is boring, right? Well, Rogue Star is happy to introduce you to a cutting edge digital technology called Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing. This process allows custom printing directly onto a flat garment without the drawbacks of screen printing or environmentally damaging processes. Our digital printing solution offers a larger imprint area and lower ink cost – which means higher quality and better prices for you. Plus, our printers eliminate harmful inks by utilizing 100% eco-friendly water-based inks instead, so you can create your own sports apparel for your team, custom tees for your school, office, or non-profit fundraiser, and all without paying high set-up costs for low volume orders.

With Rogue Star, you get competitive pricing on your custom print needs without sacrificing quality or durability. Essentially, DTG printing allows personalized t-shirts to be produced at a cost-effective price even for individual print jobs, and all while imposing less harm on the environment. (For an even more eco-friendly option, choose organic or bamboo product options as well.) All you need to do is choose your product and send us your image! It really is that easy.

With Rogue Star you don’t have to order in bulk to get competitive pricing on your custom print needs and you certainly won’t have to sacrifice quality or accept cheap durability. Essentially, DTG printing allows personalized t-shirts to be produced at a cost effective price for one-off events, or for our clients who don’t require a large quantity of garments. You can do all this while imposing less harm on the environment, and if you want to be extremely eco-friendly we have organic or bamboo product options as well. All you need to do is send in your high resolution image to Rogue Star and our printing services will have your t-shirt customized on the garment of your choice.

Embroidery

Properly executed embroidery is a classic technique that provides a high-value look to almost any design. It’s a time-honoured method that uses an incredible array of thread colours to match the colours in your logo, and it’s durable to boot.

Silk Screening

An budget-friendly choice when designing and producing up to 14” x 16” one to ten colour decorations, or when intentionally creating a distressed look, screen printing is fast and economical.

3M high visibility application

3M® Scotchlite™ Reflective Material high visibility helps you to be seen at dawn, dusk, or night, and in almost all weather conditions. Designers can easily incorporate this versatile, fashionable and high-performance material into most apparel and accessories. The results: attractive reflective clothing that helps make people more visible.

Laser Cut Heat Film

Heat transfer vinyl is designed for producing logos, numbers, letters and other graphic images on a variety of fabrics to produce professional garments quickly and cost-effectively.

Full Colour Heat Applications

Your image is printed on transfer material and pressed onto garments, which is perfect for multi-colour, highly detailed designs and logos. It can also be used for private labeling on the tag to replace a traditional sewn-in size label.

Sublimation

With the sublimation process, an image is transferred to become a part of the actual item. Special inks are heated to high temperatures, and turned into a gas. Pores of a polyester coated item open up and allow the gas to enter. Then, once removed from the heat, the pores close again, trapping the ink inside.  Sublimation is great for when you need vivid, full colour printing with a high degree of detail. Plus the image is smooth to the touch.

embossing & debossing

When you want to make an extra special impression, look at embossing (or debossing) to permanently “brand your brand” into quality products like portfolios and leather goods.  Create a look and feel that will be memorable. We can emboss or deboss hats, jackets, and just about any of our select products.

what is embossing & debossing?

Embossing and debossing are techniques used to imprint images onto paper, leather, or vinyl. With embossing, an image is pressed into the material so that the image rises from the surface. Debossing is the opposite of embossing; the area around the image is pressed so that the image is pushed down into the material rather than raised. To emboss an image, a logo or artwork must be used to create a metal die and a corresponding counter-die. Dies are made of brass, copper, or magnesium. Brass dies are stronger and they will last longer with repeated use. They are used for multi-level and detailed designs, such as an imprint of a human face. Copper, though usually cheaper than brass, will not withstand as many impressions and it will not be as effective for multi-level printing. Magnesium is much weaker than brass and copper, and is used for one-time-only, simple, single-level impressions. To begin the embossing process, the material is fit between the two dies, and a heated press is used to squeeze the die imprint into the material. The result is a raised (and exact copy) of the logo or artwork. The embossed area is smooth because the heat and pressure act like an iron. Debossing and embossing are preferred methods of imprinting onto materials such as leather or vinyl. For example, debossed and embossed leather or vinyl make elegant reproductions of a company logo or name for perfect executive level promotional gifts.

what can you emboss?

Embossing can be used with a variety of different materials including textiles, or non-woven materials such as vinyl or leather. Colour register embossed printing is embossing with the addition of coloured ink, and blind embossing is embossing without the addition of ink. Foil stamping can be used in conjunction with embossing, and this process is called combination or combo stamping.

then what is debossing?

Similar to embossing, debossing raises the material around the die impression rather than raising the design area itself, using various techniques. A blind deboss is used with screen-printing or foil stamping, while in screen debossing, the art or design is first printed onto the material and then an outline of the print is debossed using a die exactly registered to the silk screen print. In foil stamping, the foil is transferred to the material using a special die which is then used to deboss the area. Debossing is less complicated than embossing, and when done in conjunction with silk screen printing, results in a colourful and more detailed rendering of artwork.