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 (if you haven’t already heard the scoop) a cutting edge digital technology called Direct to Garment (DTG), which allows custom printing directly onto a flat garment without the drawbacks of screen printing and other environmentally damaging processes.  Traditional screen printing often use harmful synthetic plastisol based inks which are full of harsh chemicals that are carcinogenic and damaging to the environment.  The digital printing solution we use offers many practical advantages over traditional  alternatives, such as a comparatively larger imprint area with lower ink cost – which means cheaper customized shirts and apparel.  Our printers are almost 100% eco-friendly because they eliminate harmful inks by utilizing 100% eco friendly water based inks instead.  That means you can create your own sports apparel for your team, custom tees for your office, school, non-profit organization etc. without paying high set-up costs for low volume orders.

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.


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

Silk Screening

An ideal economic choice when designing and producing up to 14” x 16” one to ten colour decorations. Or if you want to replicate a distressed look , then the screen print process makes a great choice.

3M high visibility application

3M® Scotchlite™ Reflective Material high visibility helps you to be seen at dawn, dusk, or night, in all weather conditions. Designers can easily incorporate this versatile, high performance and fashionable material into most of the 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, easily and cost-effectively.

Full Colour Heat Applications

Your design 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 inside back tag to replace a traditional sewn-in size label.


With the sublimation process in which the image is transferred to become a part of the actual item. A special ink is used which is heated to high temperatures, and turns into a gas. Pores of the polyester coated item open up and allow the gas to enter. Then, once removed from the heat, the pores close up, trapping the ink inside.  Sublimation is great for when you need vivid full colour and 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 it is used one time for simple, single-level impressions. To begin the embossing process, the material is fit between the two dies, and a press and heat are 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.

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?

The debossing process is the same as that for embossing, except debossing raises the material around the die impression rather than raising the design area itself. Similar dies for embossing are used in the debossing process as well. There are various debossing techniques. A blind deboss can be used with screen-printing or foil stamping. In the screen process, 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 and then the same die is used to deboss the area. Debossing is less complicated than embossing, and when done in conjunction with silk screen printing, it results in a colourful and more detailed rendering of artwork. Debossing and embossing are preferred methods of imprinting onto materials such as leather or vinyl. For promotional gifts on the executive level, debossed and embossed leather or vinyl make elegant reproductions of a company logo or name.