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Different Types of Printing for Koozies© and Custom Promotional Items

Different Types of Printing for Koozies© and Custom Promotional Items

Custom printing is a versatile and effective way to promote brands and events and allows businesses to showcase their brand or message in a unique way. For many companies and organizations, koozies© are a popular choice for custom printing as they serve a practical purpose and can be used by a wide range of customers. From sports events to business conferences, weddings and festivals - they will keep those drinks cool for hours and are an ideal promotional product for distributing in large quantities due to their low cost.

Whether you're looking to print koozies© or other promotional items, there are lots of different printing methods that you can choose from - with so many options available it can be overwhelming to decide which printing method is best for your needs.

To make the decision-making process simpler for you, in this blog post, we'll discuss the most common types of printing and what each one entails. By understanding the differences between each of these printing methods, you'll be able to make an informed decision about which type is best for you and the specific custom-printing job you have in mind.

Screen Printing -

Screen printing involves using a mesh screen and ink to transfer the design onto the koozie© or promotional item. This method is most useful for bulk orders, as it becomes more cost-effective with larger quantities. However, it may not be the best option if you have a complex design with multiple colors, since each color requires its own screen.

Digital Printing -

Digital printing uses a printer to transfer the design onto the koozie© or promotional item. This method is great for smaller orders and complex designs, as it doesn't require any setup time as screen printing does. It also allows for full-color printing with no extra cost for additional colors. The digital printing process involves a design being created and uploaded onto a computer, which then prints it either directly onto the item, or onto transfer paper that is then pressed onto the koozie© using a heat press. There are several different kinds of digital printing - you can read more about some of them and their differences here.

Heat Transfer Printing -

Heat transfer printing is a type of digital printing that involves transferring a design onto the base item using heat and pressure. However, this method requires the use of transfer paper and special inks that are designed to withstand high temperatures. It's great for small orders and complex designs with full-color printing capabilities and is commonly used for full-color designs, as it allows for a vibrant and high-quality print. The downside is that it may not be as durable as screen printing, and the design can potentially crack or peel over time.


Litho Printing -

Litho printing is a traditional printing method - similar to digital printing, that involves transferring ink onto a substrate using a printing plate. This method is often used for large print runs with high image quality requirements. Artwork of at least 300dpi is needed for this kind of printing.


Sublimation Printing -

Sublimation printing uses a sublimation printer to print designs onto a sheet of transfer (or sublimation) paper using special inks. The inks are transferred using heat and pressure, where the ink on the transfer paper turns into gas and bonds with the substrate. The resulting print is sharp, vibrant, and also durable. This method is particularly suitable for larger print runs and can be used on a variety of materials, including nylon, acrylic, and polyester.

Sublimation Neoprene Can koozies Flag and Black Flag with Thine Line

Flexographic Printing -

Also known as "flexo," flexographic printing uses a flexible rubber relief plate and water-based inks to transfer ink onto long rolls of paper. The ink dries very quickly with this process, enabling faster printing speeds, as well as making it a great method for printing on plastic.

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Embroidery Printing -

Another option for personalized and custom printing is embroidery. This involves stitching the design onto the item using specialized sewing machines and thread. It's a great choice for a more high-end, premium look and can also provide durability that lasts longer than other printing methods. However, it may not be cost-effective for bulk orders due to the time-intensive process of setting up and stitching each design.

Engraving -

Engraving involves using a hand tool or machine to create a design by removing material from the base item, such as metal or wood, before filling it in with ink. This method is often used for high-end and premium items, such as luxury business cards, or personalized gifts such as pens and keychains. It creates a sophisticated and durable finish and can add a classy touch, but may not be cost-effective for bulk orders due to the time and labor-intensive process, and is limited to specific materials that can withstand the engraving process.

Embossing -

This is a printing process that creates raised areas on the base fabric, giving a unique touch to your design. It's often used in combination with other printing methods, such as screen printing or engraving. However, it may not be suitable for koozies© and other promotional products due to the materials and surfaces involved.


When deciding on a printing method for your koozies© and promotional items, consider factors such as quantity, design complexity, and cost-effectiveness. Each printing method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to do your research before making a decision.


Whichever printing method you choose, make sure to work with a reputable company that offers quality products and reliable customer service. At Quality-Perfection, we have a fantastic range of neoprene and foam koozies, suitable for most of the above printing methods. Check out our koozie range here or contact us today to discuss how we can help you.

Happy printing!

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