Digital transfer

Transfer process optimized for digital printing of small quantities, without colour limits

Application suggestions: folders, backpacks, non-woven bags, cork products, soccer balls.


The well-known embroidery technique allows customization on good quality fabrics with great quality and perfection. Embroidery replicates designs with a large variety of colours and distinct lines.

Used on: towels, blankets, caps, conference bags.

Hot stamping

Hot stamping consists of reproducing designs by means of a hot press on leather or imitation leather products. Furthermore, this technique allows transferring a metallic or pigment finish, adding color to the branding.

Used on: key rings, diaries, notebooks, wallets.


Doming consists of applying a clear resin (epoxy) on a printed slip. This layer of resin produces the effect of depth and protection and results in a 3D effect. The end result is shiny, resistant and durable.
Used on: USB flash drives, key rings, pens.


Laser engraving is a precise and long-lasting method. The laser beams engrave the design on hard surfaces. Besides metal, it can also be used on wood, leather/PU and glass with exquisite and elegant results.

Used on metal pens and key rings, wooden containers, card holders, cork products.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a printing technique which provides trustworthy and long-lasting results.  This method can be used on smooth surfaces; printing in high definition even with more than one colour.

Used on notepads, rulers, pill boxes

Rotary Screen Printing

Rotary screen printing is similar to the process of screen printing, but optimized for 360º printing. This process is indicated for pens.

Textile Printing

A method similar to silkscreen printing, however optimized to be used on textiles.

Used on: aprons, polar fleece items, non-woven bags.


Sublimation offers the advantage of being able to be used on concave surfaces, producing well-defined designs. It also results in a design highly resistant to extreme temperatures.

Used on: mugs.

Pad printing

Process used mainly for printing small objects like pens. It is very versatile and adapts to curvy shapes. It is the most economical solution for various products.

Used on: plastic pens, USB flash drives, key rings.


This method enables results on various types of fabrics and is very economic for multicolour printing on small quantities.

Used on: aprons, bags, backpacks, non-woven bags, cork, footballs.

Digital UV

UV printing offers great advantages like speed and high quality guarantee.  This technique is very appealing for printing in several colours. Ideal for small quantities and can be applied on plain or slightly curved surfaces.

Used on: pens, keyrings, rulers, notebooks.

Direct Screen Printing:

This method is used to apply spot colours directly onto the mug by printing through a screen onto the rotating body of the mug. We use this method when:

  • The design is simple
  • The design is made up of solid spot colours
  • The registration is not too tight
  • The mug shape is suitable for a direct print

Screen printers can print thousands per day which makes this process one of the quickest and most cost effective.
Vector artwork would be needed, font preferably converted to outline to avoid risk of errors in font matching, and set to a recommend size minimum of 10pt.

Transfer Printing:

With this process the design is printed through a screen onto specialised paper, which is then cover coated and is applied by hand to the ware. This process is slower and more labour intensive than direct screen printing, but allows the printing of finely detailed and tightly registered designs. The print is durable and lasts the lifetime of the mug.
Transfer printing is used:

  • If the design is outside the direct print area or on a mug that cannot be printed direct.
  • If the design has very tight registration, there is less movement than direct as it is printed onto a flat substrate.
  • If the design includes tones or printing in full colour, as the screen mesh is a lot finer. Gradients and tones will still appear quite coarse due to being printed through the mesh.
  • If individual names are required. Many names can be printed on a screen and then hand applied individually. This works particularly well if there is a generic part that can be printed as a direct print.

Dye Sublimation Printing:

Dye Sublimation printing uses organic colour dyes, opening up a much more diverse spectrum of colour and giving a bright and glossy appearance. This process lends itself to colourful designs and photographic images, which can be reproduced straight from a computer creating smooth gradients and tones.
Dye Sublimation is used:

  • If the artwork is photographic or includes a large spectrum of colours, tones or gradients.
  • If the design is one off or is a personalised order, the setup is a lot simpler so this process is more cost-effective.
  • If the artwork includes vivid colours.

High resolution jpg images can be used as well as vectors, text is recommended to be set as vector, if possible, to enable editing to aid printing.

Digital Printing:

Most of the mugs available at Promo Sapien can be printed digitally. Instead of films or screens, high quality images are used. These images are printed in CMYK,  then cover coated and hand applied as a transfer. This is then fired into the glaze making a durable and lifelong print.
Digital printing is used when

  • The design is photographic or tonal/gradient based.
  • Artwork is watercolour/hand drawn, and cannot be printed as dye sublimation.
  • The product is made from bone china.
  • The product is a quirky or unusual shape.