Getting the best lanyard for your company, brand or event can be quite a challenge, especially if you are not familiar with the lanyard making process. But there is no need to worry because we are here to help.
There are a few things to consider before running your set to the printing press and the output depends on various elements involved in the process. One key to achieve your desired lanyard style is the printing technique you are going to use.
We offer both traditional and digital ways to imprint your logo, name or brand onto the lanyards for whatever purposes you have. These printing techniques vary from one another and getting yourself familiar with these is one step closer in achieving the custom lanyards you need.
Silkscreen printing is one of the oldest methods in printing images onto a surface of any materials. Dating back to the Sung Dynasty (AD 960 – 1280) in Japan, this is also the method used in t-shirt printing today.
In this technique, the ink is transferred onto the lanyard fabric through the logo-printed mesh screen or stencil. A different color is applied for each stencil, one at a time, to achieve the desired look.
Pros:Since silkscreen uses different stencils for each color, you are assured of vivid, high-quality and accurate colors to your design.
In addition, it is ideal for larger bulk orders as it is cost-efficient and fast. Once the printing is set, all we have to do is transfer the design onto your lanyards.
Cons:Because silkscreen printing uses different stencils for different colors, it is not ideal for smaller orders as it tends to get costly the more colors you include.
Best used for:Silkscreen printing is best done in polyester, tubular or nylon style lanyards.
With cheap polyester materials, you get affordable custom lanyards for your event freebies. Tubular on the other hand is a great giveaway for music or sporting events while nylon works best for promoting company brands.
Dye Sublimation is a digital printing process that involves heat transfer, first commercially used in the 1980s.
In Dye Sublimation, the dye is transferred onto the lanyard with heat and pressure. During the printing process, the print head heats up the dyes, turning it into vapor, and then enter the surface of the lanyard. It then re-solidifies, completing the sublimation process.
Pros: Dye Sublimation offers high-quality output for designs with high amounts of detail. It is ideal for smaller orders and provides a wide choice of colors, which is best for complex designs or multi-colored logos.
With the ability to include more colors in your design, it is the perfect option for full-colored lanyards that attracts attention best suited for brand promotion.
Cons: Because of the sublimation process, it is harder to get the accurate colors from the actual design. On the other hand, this printing technique is limited to smooth-surfaced, glossy-finished materials such as nylon.
Best Used For: Dye Sublimation is best used in nylon materials or polyester.
With a glossy finish and colorful design, your custom lanyards are sure to step up your fashion sense and take your brand promotion to a whole new level.
An alternative way to get your design onto the lanyard is through woven technique. As the name suggests, your design is woven onto the lanyard with thread in this technique.
Since this method involves the embroidery process, it gives a more professional look to your custom lanyards.
Pros: Unlike the other printing techniques, you can wash woven lanyards without worrying about the print wearing off.
Woven lanyards are also more professional looking than the other printing techniques.
Cons: This technique, however, is limited to simple designs only. Complex designs can be quite a challenge. But with the correct color matching, your design can still manage to stand out.
Best Used For: Woven technique works best for polyester materials.
Since it offers a professional look, it is best used in schools, workplaces, businesses and companies.
Each printing technique has its own unique charm, advantages and disadvantages that you ought to know. Getting familiar with these things is the key to achieve the best custom lanyards that you desire.
Whatever your printing preference is, we at The Lanyard Factory promise high-quality and outstanding lanyards that you deserve. Silkscreen, dye sublimated or woven, anything you need, be assured that we got you covered.