Laser and foil printing are a two-step process that involves printing your design in reverse to a high-release paper and then heat transferring the image from the paper to a garment using heat and pressure. It’s ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities; including one-off items such as printing names and numbers on athletic uniforms. The cost per print is higher than traditional screen printing however, by avoiding the high setup costs of screen printing it is more cost-effective. Laser printing is perfect for smaller quantities, higher detail, and quick turnaround times (or even a single shirt). If you’re looking for something a little different, foil printing is a great way to add a special effect to single color designs and provides a reflective look that will stand out. Available in 24 colors!

Laser and Foil Design Examples

Foil Types Available

Laser and Foil Pricing

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How does it work?

Step 1:

After receiving your art, a team member will review your design and begin the preparation for printing. We may touch up the design or contact you if any adjustments are needed. The design is then printed in reverse using a graphic software directly on to what looks like a transparency paper.

Step 2:

A second sheet called the “B” paper is pressed to that sheet using a heat press. This adds a white layer that makes the graphics POP on dark materials.

Step 3:

The finished full color transfer is complete and the graphic is then heat pressed onto the item for 30 seconds at 320 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ll notice, we didn’t say apply to a t-shirt or garment, right? That’s because we can print and apply laser to almost anything including: 100% Polyester, Performance Wear, Cotton, Wood, Bags, Mugs, Books, Caps and so much more!

Laser and Foil FAQ

What is the average turnaround time?
Our turnaround time is 7 to 10 business days from the date that your order is placed. However, with our customer’s needs in mind we try to accommodate every order. To discuss a rush order, give us a call to see how we can help meet your deadline at 877-691-7728.

What design size will I need for laser and foil printing?
We recommend a maximum print area of 10″ wide x 16″ tall maximum. This is the standard size for a large image on a typical adult-sized t-shirt.

How long will my foil design last?
It will last a long time due to our proper application methods however, each time you wash a foil printed garment the shimmer and shine will begin to fade.

Can my design have both laser water based ink and foil?
Yes! Your design can include both foil and water based inks. In fact, a lot of customers will request to highlight only parts of the image with foil.

What designs are recommended for foil printing? 
We typically recommend typography designs or highlighting a portion of your design with foil. Distressed designs are good as well. As the foil naturally fades, it will be less noticeable.

If you have questions, give us a call at 877-691-7728 to speak with a team member.