Print Cafe of LI, Inc

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Showing posts with label #printed apparel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #printed apparel. Show all posts

Friday, March 5, 2021

Winning the Name Game: What We Can Learn from the World’s Stickiest Brands 

Have you ever wondered how the most iconic brands got their names?

The Lego story is as elegantly simple as the blocks themselves.

The Lego company began in the workshop of Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932, where he crafted wooden toys. Christianson’s inspiration for the brand name came from the Danish term for “play well” – leg godt. By combining the first two letters of each word, he created a unique and meaningful brand name that has transcended countries and generations.

In 2016, Lego’s turnover grew 6% to 5.1 billion euro, surpassing Mattel’s measly $4.9 billion, making them, for the first time, the world’s largest toy company.

Making Your Name Stick

A great name can make a brand.

In today’s expansive global market, it gets harder and harder to win the name game. If you want your name to be known and respected, you have to pick a winner and make it stick.

What makes a great brand name? The “stickiness” of the word can make all the difference. Names that closely align with the service they offer are especially memorable (like Twitter, Smuckers, Naked Wines, SnapChat, Netflix, PayPal, Red Bull, Dollar Shave Club, and Snuggie).

Names with engaging metaphors are powerful too. When paired with a clear graphic device, names that suggest something beyond their literal meaning create some of the most evocative brand identities.

Take Amazon, for example. When Jeff Bezos was looking to carve out space as the biggest bookstore globally, he wanted to convey his company’s sense of mystery and endless possibility, available to any customer with an internet connection. Bezos tried two or three names before settling on “Amazon.”

The metaphorical impact of this name had great appeal: the Amazon River was the biggest in the world, home to a vibrant ecosystem as exotic and different as Beso’s dreams. It was the ideal metaphor for his new venture. The Amazon was striking and boundless, just as he wanted his online store to be. It was also the largest river in the world, 10 times larger than the next contender – perfectly fitting the vision for Amazon’s status today!

Growing Top-of-Mind Awareness

Once you’ve found the right name, it’s time to get it in circulation.

Brand awareness is the extent to which a brand is recognized by potential customers and correctly associated with its particular product or service. When your name becomes familiar, you will enjoy all kinds of perks:

-- People will know who you are and what you do

-- A viewer will be more open to reading your ads or mailings

-- Search engine users will be more likely to visit your website

-- Prospects will be warmer toward a referral from one of your current customers

-- Customers will be more likely to choose your brand over others, even if there are cheaper options available

Looking for ways to get your name out in your community or industry? Here are 10 ideas:

1. Create a custom hashtag that plugs your unique selling proposition 

2. Participate in or sponsor local events

3. Build bright, colorful infographics 

4. Post regularly to social media using your brand voice

5. Sell your name through special shapes (i.e., die-cut postcards, magnets, or key chains)

6. Go mobile by creating colorful decals for vehicles

7. Hang full-size posters in “can’t miss” locations

8. Add a blog to your website and feature it in printed inserts or newsletters

9. Invite your employees or VIP customers to wear branded clothing at key community events

10. Design beautiful labels for all your products

It’s a good idea to use a mix of online and offline strategies to build awareness in most cases. The more customers see your company, the more likely they are to think of you when they’re ready to buy.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

          Magnetic Marketing: Using Faces to Command Attention

Our faces reveal multitudes about who we are, what we are thinking, and our intentions toward others.

Lying right under your nose is an awesome landscape of skin, muscles, and features. The face is one of the most profound parts of our body, and it packs so much power! Check out these remarkable facial facts:

  • Humans are capable of making 10,000 unique facial expressions.
  • The face has the biggest range of muscle structure in the human body, and 43 of these muscles are directly linked to facial emotions.
  • Humans regularly flash micro-expressions that last less than 1/25 of a second before they consciously or subconsciously neutralize them. These split-second displays can reveal more than a thousand words (or lies!) ever could.
  • Genuine facial expressions are almost always symmetrical. From frowns to smiles, people typically reveal authentic feelings evenly on both sides of the face.

Faces Add Impact in Marketing

How does this play into marketing and print?

First, it’s important to recognize the impact of faces so we can prioritize them in design. Research by Catherine Mondloch showed that newborn babies less than an hour old prefer looking at something with facial features. Humans prefer humans, and people buy from people!

It would be careless to overlook these statistics while continually deferring to inanimate objects. When you’re looking to add that personal touch to your marketing mix, remember faces can help you to:

Connect with People

Large, faceless corporations feel cold and manipulative.

To humanize your brand, feature people, not products! Pictures of real people build empathy and trust among viewers. And eye-tracking studies show that the faces of babies and pretty women are two of the most effective subjects you can use.

Putting faces on your brand allows you to connect with your audience in a relatable way. As you position faces in your ads, remember eyes looking right at people will have the greatest emotional impact because the eyes are the most significant part of the face.

Create Curiosity

Humans have a natural tendency to follow the gaze of others, and we have been coached since birth to follow these visual cues about where we should be looking or going.

Want to build curiosity and engage your viewers? If a face on your poster is gazing toward a text box or a product in the margin, readers will track toward that area as well.

Emotions can also be carried from a subject to the viewer as you set a tone within your design. The emotion in the faces you display can draw people to linger longer before your designs or to be drawn deeper into the message itself.

Cultivate Trust

People react to a photo on a page faster than any other design element, and seeing the people behind a business can establish credibility very quickly.

You can use faces to cultivate trust by using staff profiles on a website, facial photos in welcome displays or high traffic areas, or brochures with testimonials and photos from real customers. If viewers can relate to the people enjoying your product, this will seamlessly build positive associations in their own minds.

When used properly, photos of faces can help you connect with people, create curiosity, and cultivate trust.  Bypass resistance and build connections through the magnetic power of people!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

           Knowing The Different Processes For Apparel Printing


Digital Printing

Digital printing is also known as Direct to Garment (or DTG, for short). The best analogy for describing digital printing is an inkjet printer: The garment goes through the digital printer and the design is “printed” on the surface of the garment. The ink is applied directly to the garment, much like ink to a page in an inkjet printer. A computer controls the printing process, and your image must be transmitted in a digital format.

There are no setup costs for digital printing. It is ideal for short production runs but can get expensive with large production runs. The expense for large production runs lies in the fact that digital printing is not automated like screen printing and requires that someone be present at the machine for each garment that is printed.
With digital printing, the ink layer on the garment will be thinner and the resulting colors may not be quite as vibrant as you would see with screen printing. The definition of the final image on the garment may not be as sharp on darker background fabrics, either.

The result is not of the same level of quality you would find with screen printing; however, much more detail can be captured in a digitally printed garment, and it works far better than screen printing when transferring a photographic print onto fabric. Digital printing also supports all-over prints far better than screen printing, and, because such a thin layer of ink is used, the garment remains soft after printing.
One of the key characteristics of digital printing is speed: there is no delay involved with creating screens and setting up the automated system as is required of screen printing. At The Print Cafe of LI if you need a small quantity of shirts right away, then digital printing is the number one option.

Screen Printing
In traditional screen printing, the design is applied to the garment using a screen (think stencil) based on your artwork. Ink is applied to the garment through the screen, and each color used in the design requires its own screen. Every color used is then applied one at time through its respective screen.
Because multiple screens are needed, the setup costs for screen printing can be a bit on the expensive side. However, that cost ends up being distributed over the garments you have printed. So, the more garments you have printed, the lower the cost per garment. The screen printing process is automated, which reduces labor costs once the initial setup is completed. Note that most printing The Print Cafe of LI will have a minimum order for screen printing because of the setup costs involved.
With screen printing, you can expect a thicker layer of ink and more vibrant colors. Overall, the quality that results from screen printing is very good compared to that of digital printing. And screen printing supports novelty inks, such as metallics, UV-sensitive, and glow-in-the-dark, and is also capable of successfully achieving a far wider range of colors than digital printing.
However, screen printing may not be able to capture quite as much detail as digital printing.

So how does sublimation work? Well, sublimation printing uses heat to essentially bring ink and fabric together as one.
First, a design is printed onto special paper. The inks that are used turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine with the fabric and permanently print onto the fabric. The effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is embedded in the fabric or substrate rather than simply laying on top like a normal print.
The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of for your skin, it’s for your chosen product. The heat opens up the pores of the fabric, then with the applied pressure the ink cools and returns to a solid form.
The result is a permanent, full colour image that won’t crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. The process allows the ink to go from a solid to a gas without turning to liquid, a bit like dry ice. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure.
This quick and effective digital print method is growing in popularity for smaller batch orders and those designs that rely on the details. Sublimation printing is also known as ‘all over printing’ as it allows you to choose a design that can literally go from seam to seam.
Embroidery is the process is turning graphic design into needle and thread art for application to the fabric. These designs can be simple, single color or multi-color intricate pieces of art.
If the fabric can be laid flat then it can be embroidered. (Which leads to the question of how are hats embroidered? But, that is the subject of another post).
Of all of the methods of fabric embellishment embroidery is generally considered to add sophistication to any work or club apparel.
What is the process?
Digitise the image
Custom embroidery is primarily an automated process that converts a digital image into data which guides the operation of the embroidery machine. For this to happen, the first step is to digitise the image. This may include lettering, a logo or a visual image. Digitising converts the image into stitch data which the embroidery machine can understand.
Once digitised this is sent to the embroidery machine.
Teach the machine what it has to do
The embroidery machine is then instructed which design we are working on. The correct threads are loaded onto the machine and the machine taught where to find each colored thread. So for example, if the design includes some red and the red thread is on station 12 then the machine has to be taught that when stitching the red areas use station 12.
Stabilise and hoop the garment
During the embroidery process, the garment is held in a hoop. This is a 2 piece frame which is sandwiched over the garment to keep the fabric secure during the sewing process.
A test sample is stitched out using the selected design, the required thread and on fabric which closely matches the finished article of clothing. There is a wide range of stabilising options and different design and fabrics require different stabilisers.
Stitch out
When we are happy that the digitised design is correct and loaded on the embroidery machine, the garment is correctly hooped and secured, the correct threads have been selected and the machine taught where to find them, then we start the embroidery onto the finished garments. This may be a run of 5, 10 or 100 items. This is when the industrial embroidery machine earns its keep. Providing the correct maintenance is kept up to date, these machines are designed the work all day every day without missing a beat.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

DTG(Digital) vs Screen Printing: What's The Difference?

DTG(Digital) vs Screen Printing: What's The     Difference?



 If you’re thinking about starting an apparel printing service for your business, it’s important to know the difference between DTG and screen printing. With the print industry constantly advancing with new technologies, this leaves printers with a variety of different print methods to choose from. When it comes to printing apparel, many are turning towards digital printing as it is both increasingly popular and affordable for printers. However, there are advantages and disadvantages for both print methods, which will be outlined in this quick guide. 

What’s the difference between DTG and screen printing? 

DTG (Direct-to-Garment)


DTG printing is the most standard and modern form of printing for apparel today. Thanks to the digital advancements we have in technology, DTG relies on a digital print head that works like an inkjet printer in your home or office. DTG offers extensive color options for print, which allows printers to print images in full-color and detail. This is beneficial especially for those looking for customization of printed apparel. 


  • Quicker turnaround compared to screen printing
  • No set-up costs (ideal for low volume runs that are 100 or less)
  • A good option for designs that use a variety of different colors
  • Accurately prints full-color detailed photographs
  • Does not require artwork to be layer/colour separated or vector format


  • Printing on dark-colored garments is less vibrant and maybe grainy
  • Unable to match exact Pantone colours
  • Obvious staining could appear due to how pre-treatment (under base layer for dark garments) reacts to the garment
For printers who are only planning to print in small batches, DTG is more ideal. 



Before digital technology existed, screen-printing was the traditional method for printing on apparel. The process for screen printing involves pressing the ink down through a woven mesh-like stencil onto the fabric. Despite the limited colors, printed graphics can come out in full saturation. 


  • Flexible print material options
  • Works best with simple designs
  • Ideal for high print volume
  • Durability


  • Only good for high print volume
  • Setup more complicated 
  • Slower turnaround time
  • Limited colors
As opposed to DTG printing, screen printing is best for those who are looking to print a large quantity of apparel products. Many printers currently rely on screen printing because of the vibrant and durable results.

Which Method Should I Use?

For those who are new to printing apparel, you’re probably wondering which method is best for you. Before making a decision, do your research on both methods. The more knowledgeable you are about different print methods, the more reliable and insightful you appear to your clients. A few factors to take into consideration when choosing your print method:
  • The volume (Are you printing a low or high volume?)
  • The turnaround time
  • How complex are the designs you plan to print? 
  • What and how many colors will you be using?
  • Is a lot of time and effort needed for setup?
  • Which method is more cost-efficient for your business?
Overall, the easiest and most an effective way to grow your business today would likely be DTG printing. This method has been adopted by many printers in the modern print industry and its ease of access and setup save time and resources. Also, with the rising popularity and need for customization from clients, this is where DTG plays a big role in the apparel industry. 
At The Print Cafe of LI, our apparel printing service is brought to life through DTG printing. We strive to offer quick turnaround times and customization for your convenience. Check out the apparel printing service we offer at, The Print Cafe of LI, and start fulfilling your clients’ needs with printed apparel today!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Five Things Every Graphic Designer Should Be Doing to Promote Themselves

Your designs may be top notch, but even the best freelance graphic designer needs to know how to promote their services to win more business. To get more clients, you’ll need to make your design services known. As a freelancer, promotion is critical to master because most of the time you’ll have to do it yourself.
Here are the 5 things that freelancers should be doing to promote themselves.

How to Promote Yourself as a Freelance Graphic Designer

1. Create a Brand for Yourself

Before you do anything else, you need to brand yourself. This includes identifying your style, specifying the types of designer you are (e.g. print designer, web designer, etc.), creating a logo and more. Think about what makes your designs special, and why you design at all. Then translate that into your branding, whether it’s in your slogan, design portfolio, business cards, or anything else.
An established brand helps potential clients (and current clients) identify your business and understand why they should choose your services. Perhaps they identify with your values or find your style a perfect match for their business.

2. Create a Website

This is your “real estate” where you can get creative. We recommend creating your website on a platform that gives you traffic insights (e.g. WordPress). Your website is where you can take your branding to its highest level. Tell your story, show your designs, and make contacting you easy. Ensure that it is user-friendly and that it includes a quote form.

3. Promote on Social Media

Social media is also a great place to showcase your brand and drive traffic to your website. Many designers already use it, but make sure that you’re one step ahead by maximizing social media’s potential. First, separate your personal account from your business account to keep it professional. Many social media platforms also allow special features for business accounts, so be sure to take advantage of them.
Second, join groups—not just groups for designers but also groups related to potential clients and business partners. For example, if you specialize in designing for print, considering joining a print related group. Not only will you get valuable information that could help your designing process, but these groups could also hook you up with some good deals in the future.

4. Network at Social Events

Networking online is important, but so is networking in person at social events. These include not just traditional networking events but also job fairs, trade shows, conventions, and more. Attending in person helps build trust between you and your potential customers or business partners.
Networking events are especially important for graphic designers because your clients will often be people who are a little less tech savvy. That’s why they need your help. So instead of interacting with you on social media, they may feel a lot more comfortable talking to you face to face.
Tip: If you design for print, social networking events are a great opportunity for handing out printed samples of your designs.

5. Start a Blog

When you create a blog packed with informative content, appealing designs and unique branding, you demonstrate that you’re a knowledgeable professional who is consistently producing high quality designs. Don’t forget to use SEO to increase your online presence, so that those searching online can find you.
Having a blog also gives you more things to post on social media. Link back to your blog when you repost the content on social media. And finally, interact with other design blogs to expand your professional network. 
Promoting your graphic design business is a step that every freelancer needs to take, from branding yourself to updating your blog frequently. Make sure your promotional strategy includes at least these 5 tactics so that you can expand your client base and grow your business. 
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