Pad print, screen print, DTG, embroidery, supacolour, supasub, heat transfer, supaflex, sublimation……… Have I lost you yet?  I could be here all day to discuss decoration types, but today we’ll talk about the most common decorations, and when each is most suitable.


Pad printing

Pad printing is an offset printing process, where the design is transferred onto a surface via a soft silicone pad.

It is commonly used on hard promotional products (which are often difficult to print on) – think pens, rulers, water bottles, stress balls.  It’s great for a one or two colour print on these items.


Screen printing

Screen printing involves pressing ink through a stencilled mesh screen and is usually used on clothing or fabric based promotional products.  It’s perfect for tshirts, jumpers, reuseable bags, travel bags etc.  A four colour print can easily be achieved with his method. It’s an oldie but a goodie.



Embroidery involves creating design with coloured thread. It is most commonly used on uniforms, but you will also see it on caps, beanies, jackets, travel bags, and backpacks.  It’s a great, long lasting option for small areas of decoration on apparel.



Supacolour is similar to a heat applied transfer, but way more exciting. It is at the forefront of new methods and delivers outstanding results. The colour vibrancy and detail that you can get with your decoration is incredible with Supacolour.  It is again used on fabric-based garments and promotional products It won’t let you down if you have a four colour, detailed design that you want to maintain brightness of colour for longer periods.



For sublimation, the detail is all in the fabric.  Think sports uniforms, or polo shirts that have designs printed all over, like the print is part of the fabric.  Over the years, the prices have really come down on this decoration method, and the results have only become better.  In order for this printing choice to be economical, you need a minimum quantity of 20, but it is a great choice for a design that really speaks.


Supasub and supaflex

Supasub and supaflex are similar but different.  They look like the old fashion badge decoration you would see on army uniforms or police uniforms.  Using this method, the designs are printed and then sewn or embroidered onto the garment. It looks incredible on caps, beanies and bags.


It can be confusing to choose which method is best for your uniform or promotional products. The choice ultimately comes down to longevity of the item, budget and design. But don’t worry, our team at Red Roo is here to help you make the best choice for your unique project. Give us a call for a no-obligation chat.

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