Vinyl Cut Lettering for T Shirts & Clothing


Method: Vinyl printing, or Cad Cut, involves a computer-controlled blade which digitally cuts the design out of vinyl. Generally we would recommend screen printing but there are times when vinyl is more suitable for certain products.

Summary: Vinyl is great for personalising names and numbers on sports team kit, on school and university leavers' hoodies, tours for stag, hen, holidays. Vinyl is also better for customising high-visibility workwear and other nylon fabrics.

When we would recommend Vinyl

Individual names and numbers.
One-off samples such as for client meetings or press events.
Multi-coloured logos that need to look bright and bold on dark backgrounds or on fabrics that have dyes that could otherwise bleed into the print.
Nylon and technical fabrics such as hi-vis workwear, waterproofs, Gore-Tex® and similar, umbrellas and bags.
Fabrics that stretch such as Lycra® or Spandex® sports and leisurewear.

How we print Vinyl

Individual names cuttingVinyl printing is generally limited to simple text and designs. A single-colour print is the norm but we can overlay different colours of vinyl to produce some clever effects. The artwork is required in a vector format which is produced in a software package such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw; this artwork format produces the design in lines as opposed to pixels as in a jpeg image.

Once the artwork has been cut, we then take away the unwanted vinyl, this process is called weeding and can be very time consuming and delicate if the design has fine detail. This is why Vinyl is only really good for lettering and simple one-colour designs.

Once the weeding has been done we are left with the design on its backing paper. We then transfer that onto the garment, this is done using an industrial heat press. This allows us to apply pressure and a temperature of 160c. Once this has been applied the backing paper is removed.


Vinyl comes in many different formats, such as metallic, fluorescent, flock and reflective colours. It can be as durable as screen printing - it can be washed up to 60c without any colour loss, so can be a good option for work clothing that needs hot washes. Some Vinyl is designed to stretch so is a great option for sports clothing including leggings. Vinyl gives a smooth even finish with crisp edges, but can look like it has been stuck on compared to screen printing which absorbs into the fabric.


Our Colours

  • Lemon
  • Mid-Chrome
    Mid Chrome
  • Beige
  • Orange
  • Red
  • fucshia
  • Burgundy
  • Purple
  • Baby-Pink
    Baby Pink
  • baby-Blue
    Baby Blue
  • Sky-Blue
    Sky Blue
  • Royal-Blue
    Royal Blue
  • Navy-Blue
    Navy Blue
  • Kelly-Green
    Kelly Green
  • Bottle-green
    Bottle Green
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Metalic-Gold
    Metalic Gold
  • Metalic-Silver
    Metalic Silver
  • Flourescent-Orange
  • Flourescent-pink
  • Flourescent-Green
  • White-Silver
    White Glitter
  • Red-Glitter
    Red Glitter
  • white-2

Our standard fonts are shown here. You can also provide you own font for us to use. If you want us to use your own font then please supply vectored artwork with outlines created as an Illustrator file. It is very important that you have created outlines if you are using Illustrator. If you have a copy of the true type font then this can be emailed to us and we can produce the vectored file. You must have permission to send us the font. Not all fonts are suitable for vinyl cut names, so if you font has a lot of fine detailing then it will not be possible to cut these out. Please ask us if your font is suitable.

List of fonts for individual and personalised names


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