When we say CAD-cut Vinyl, we’re referring to a thermo-adhesive laminate sheet, which we use to print your designs, cutting them down to size and finally ironing them to your garments with a heat-press. At tshirts-uk.com, we distinguish between two different types, basically the cut type and the print and cut type.
Let us explain a little more clearly what that means for you when creating your personalised t-shirts, sweaters, hats, bags etc.
Looking through our CAD-cut vinyl catalogue, we realised sometimes it can be a bit confusing deciding what type of vinyl is right for you when designing your own t-shirts! So we’ve decided to help you understand a little better the differences:
1. The Cut type:
This is the simplest of the two types, using our vinyl cutters to cut out your design in just one colour and with little to no details:
There are a variety of cut type vinyls which have different results such as the typical matt vinyl, holographic, fluorescent, metallic, flock, high-vis, frosted and translucent which gives you a large variety of possible effects to choose from.
2.The Print and Cut type:
This type allows us to print designs with a multitude of colours, as many as necessary as there’s no limit. This method permits the printing of photos, designs with shading or simply colourful logos at a set price. The design is printed onto the sheets of laminate which we then cut with the CAD machines and heat press onto your customised polos, sweatshirts, t-shirts etc.
Within this type, there are two ‘sub-headings’ which are: the simple cut and the detailed cut. Let us explain that a little further…
2.1 Simple print and cut vinyl:
We cut around the outline of your design leaving a shaped border which can either have the approximate colour of the T-shirt or simply the colour of the design. Take a look at these examples to get a better idea:
This system is perfect for advertising agencies, publicity clothing, promotions, events, workwear etc.
2.2 Detailed print and cut vinyl:
If you’re looking for a more precise result, we offer the detailed cut, which cuts to the line. This technique is a tad less economic due to the work involved. Great for designers looking to customise garments with their artwork.
For value-for-money personalised clothing with multi-coloured designs, we often recommend vinyl due to the possibilities of reproducing images with shading and photographic quality at a reasonable price.
If you don’t want to simplify your design, remove shading or reduce it to spot colours for screen-printing, this is a useful, economic tool.
Remember you can always combine the different personalisation techniques to create your customised clothing!