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Inside the Imprint Process: Juicy Details on Screen Printing, Deboss, Embroidery, and More! [VIDEO]

We get a lot of questions from our customers about how the various promo product decoration methods work. Maybe you’ve seen our blog posts about embroidery, mixed media, or promotional product printing terms, but you want to know MORE. Well, we have got a brand new informational series that is right up your alley!

We recently sent our media team on a trek to Florida to visit our supplier partner Hit Promotional Products and get in on all of the behind the scenes action that goes into decorating your promo items.

For a sneak peek at all of the promo printing goodness that’s to come, check out this teaser video!

Whew! What a whirlwind of promo product knowledge. Cool stuff, huh? We know all of those definitions are a lot to digest, so don’t worry! Over the next few months we’ll be publishing individual articles about each of those decoration methods so you can really learn all there is to know!

Now that you have all of the definitions of our various decoration techniques, you’re probably ready to jump into the deep end and swim with sharks (metaphorically, of course!). Well, you can look forward to separate in-depth articles about screen printing, pad printing, deboss, heat press, digital printing, and embroidery. Hey, we might even throw in a few bonus subjects that weren’t covered in this video!

So stay tuned right here on the Quality Logo Products® blog and over on our YouTube Channel for more insider scoops on all things promo product printing and decorating. By the end of this series you’ll be the belle of the…Promotional Product Printing Process Trivia Bowl.* And who DOESN’T want that?

Until next time, keep expanding your brand!

What do you think? Which decoration methods are you excited to learn more about? Do you have any specific questions about an imprint process? Let us know in the comments!

*The Promotional Product Printing Process Trivia Bowl, sadly, does not actually exist despite how much we would crush it.

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  1. alan

    “Thanks, totally authentic British co-worker.”

    Nicely done, dudes!

  2. Chase

    Wow! That video is perfect!!! Not only hearing the info, but physically seeing how it is done makes all of the difference. It is very informative and should help everyone better understand the process. All I can say is job really well done! But on a side note, I really want The Promotional Product Printing Process Trivia Bowl to be real. Can we make that happen? 🙂

  3. Rondell Caraos

    Oh my… this video was hilarious! Our Media team is top notch! Not only is this Blog very informative on the different ways to decorate our Items… it was very entertaining! Great job! If you didn’t know the difference on how these methods are applied… now you do! 🙂

  4. Mike Wenger

    If you have ever gazed in awe at very active ant hill, you’ll have the same feeling stepping into the production facility of a promotional product manufacturer. It’s true, promotional products a take a village and I am very proud of the team for how they depicted it in the video. So proud, that I’d say that there is not another video out there that captures the manufacturing and printing of promotional products in the entire world, in the way they did. Absent the jokes (which made it a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong), the video was chockfull of incredibly valuable information that truly depicts the labor of love that so often gets overlooked in this industry. Above and beyond that though, being able to provide the everyday consumer with a “how it’s made” look into promotional products will serve as a great educational and informational tool for quite some time. The only thing missing? The smell of the factory. You might think “gross”, but really it’s the smell of branding in its raw form reminded me of why we are here in the first place. It was the smell of something new, something that could change forever the way a person would view the company that handed out that very item I just saw on the press. It was inspiring, and scary to think, what started out as pellets of plastic, was now fully transformed like a butterfly, into marketing wonder. I hope that you enjoyed the movie as much as we did making it and I hope each of you enjoys our little version of Ants Marching! ?

  5. Jen

    Nicely done, boys! This shows how much hard work and manpower goes into our products. It’s amazing to see how they all work together so quickly, like a well-oiled machine. It’s no easy task, but our facilities are awesome at helping us out with quality imprints, at a great cost, and with a quick turnaround. Side note: did you bring Gam Gam with to the factory?

    I’m particularly excited to see a deboss in action, as a lot of my customers are still a little unfamiliar with the process. It’s a cost-effective way to add a more elegant finish to your imprint. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. This is a great resource for us!

  6. Kelly Bird

    Kurt and Joe, this video is of the behind the scenes magic is AMAZING! What a wonderful resource for anyone curious about just how their logo gets imprinted onto the products they purchase. This clip was not only entertaining but SO informative.
    I have a background in the design and printing industry but even being personally familiar with all of the imprinting methods, seeing them in action was such a great glimpse into and reminder of the effort that goes into creating each individual item we sell.
    Seeing the process also helps with a visual explanation to help our customers understand why logos have certain requirements to print well depending on the size of the item being printed and the imprint method being used.
    Technology definitely streamlines the personalization process but there are still a lot of individual people devoting painstaking hours to getting the job done.
    Our vendors do an incredible job with the printing so that we can offer our customers great quality items at amazingly affordable prices.

  7. Jay Hoffman

    You learn something new every day! As much as I have a pretty firm grip on how this works already, it’s really pretty rad to see it first hand from QLP’s point of view. The fact that so many items can be done on a one day rush is even more impressive now that I’ve seen this. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these manufacturers myself, but thanks to Joe and K2, I can stay in my office and get the same experience (without the 70° temperatures!).

    This is a great video for customers as much as anything else. So many times a new customer who may have never ordered any promo items in the past will be hesitant not so much about the item itself, but the printing. We can convey the quality of the print/embroidery job over the phone, as it’s all commercial/retail grade, but this video sure does help. I’m definitely going to use it in the future, if not today! This also goes to show the lengths we go to to find suppliers who are the best in the business so they have full confidence that when you buy from QLP, you’ll get exactly what you expect, if not better!

    The embroidery is the most impressive by far. I’m not a fan of putting grandmas out of business, but let’s face it, those machines can out stitch ANY grandma, even yours! (no offense!).

    Thanks to our supplier of the year for helping us make this awesome video. It’s definitely one of the most informative ones the media department has made. Hats off to everyone involved!

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