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.


What is VINYL CUT LETTERING printing?

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.

Vinyl 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.

Advantages of vinyl

  • inexpensive and no setup costs involved
  • long lasting result which can withstand many wears and washes
  • great variety of textures and effects such as neon, metalics, foil and glitter
  • perfect for one colour designs and small orders

Disadvantages of vinyl

  • restriction on fabrics which are sensitive to high temperatures
  • not practical for large quantities
  • not suitable for designs with gradients and shades

Vinyl cut lettering is perfect for:

  • individual names and numbers
  • one-off samples
  • 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

Range of colours

Range of FONTS

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.

What our customer say about our VINYL work

Despite the mother of all client deadline issues, Shirtworks came through with flying colours.I think the first time I used Shirtworks was 1986, so something must be working!

- John

Our company needed an urgent and good value sweatshirt order. *** was helpful and responsive throughout the process and helped us get the best deal for our requirements. The jumpers were not only looked exactly as we hoped but arrived early too. Thanks, Shirtworks!

- Lauren

*** was friendly and helpful over the phone and *** was patient and very quick to respond to alterations to the mock-ups. The t-shirts were delivered on time. The print quality is perfect. You've made us very happy and I'm looking forward to placing further orders with you.

- Chris