We make embellishing promotional merchandise easy and ethical!

Whether you need screen printing, digital printing, embroidery, or another embellishment option — you’ll find exactly what you need at Ethix. Our shops employ talented design professionals and craftspeople, who can create any design you have in mind.

For any embellishment we have excellent US and Union facilities providing a range of screen printing and embroidery options. These facilities offer various environmentally conscious options, such as non-toxic water based inks or organic cotton embroidery threads.

We look forward to answering your questions about artwork and embellishment possibilities! Contact us early in your planning process to fully utilize our design expertise. Learn more about our most popular embellishment processes:

Screen Printing

Basics of Screen Printing

The majority of our clients have projects that fall within the standard print option. This does not mean they are choosing lousy shirt designs — basic can be quite exciting!

If you let us help you select a strong color combination and print placement, we can take any shirt idea to the next level. Our art team has years of experience specifically around T-shirt printing. We can play with different fonts, custom images, and coloration until you have the exact design you love.

Of course, if you already have an artist you are working with, we can get the final artwork file directly from you and print your prepared design.

When should you pick this option?

  • Your design is 1-6 colors
  • You need the most economical pricing
  • You want to have an eco-friendly ink option
  • You need a union bug printed near your design
  • You are looking for a traditional style of T-shirt

What types of inks are used? Printing with Plastisol Ink: 

  • Plastisol ink — This is traditionally what is used to print basic T-shirts. The texture feels a bit like plastic because the ink has binded to the top of the fabric. You can depend on plastisol to give you a close color match, strong opacity (even on dark colored shirts), and standard design longevity.
  • PVC/Phthalate Free Plastisol — A safer and softer option, phthalate free inks are new to the screen print industry. They were developed as an alternative to the more toxic regular plastisol, and as a result they feel relatively softer.  They cost about 15 – 20% more then standard plastisol prints.
  • Water Based InkWater based inks are a great way to achieve soft shirts while being the most environmentally safe- but only if you are printing on a light-colored T-shirt. In order to print water-based inks on dark colored shirts, you have to use dangerous discharge printing with formaldehyde.

We prefer to let the natural process of the inks “dye” the shirt by setting into the material. This keeps it healthy for you, the workers, and the planet! If you have more questions, check out the common questions we get about screen printing.

Direct Digital Printing

Unique Features of Direct Digital 4-Color Printing:

Sometimes you have a design with more colors than you can count and lots of fading and tones that give it complex dimensions. Or maybe you need to print a photo? That’s where direct digital printing fills the screen print gap.

Direct digital printing is the same process as paper printing utilizing the 4 main colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. There are no art separations ensuring a breadth of color achieved only through direct prints.

It is also more environmentally friendly because we use only water based inks for our process.

When should you pick this option?

  • Your design has 4 to hundreds of colors, or it’s a photo
  • You need to have a reasonable cost option for a small, complex order
  • You want to have an eco-friendly ink option
  • You need a union bug printed near your design
  • You are looking for a traditional or specialty type of T-shirt

Basics of Embroidery:

An embroidered design is made up of 3 major embroidery types: Fill Stitch, Run Stitch, and Satin Stitch:

  • Run stitches are single lines of stitches primarily used for thin outlines or borders, and for connecting individual elements of the design.
  • TheFill Stitch is used for filling in larger areas of the design. Fill stitches can also be used for lettering and large column areas when it is too large to use a satin stitch.
  • Satin stitches are essentially columns of stitches used for making letters, borders, and areas of a design that need columns of stitches. Satin stitch sizes can go from approximately 1/16th of an inch wide to .25 inches wide. Rarely do you want to go wider than .25 inches because of the risk of “picking” the stitches of the finished design.

How Much does Custom Embroidery Cost?

Embroidery prices depend on the actual number of stitches it takes to duplicate your design, not on the number of colors. Our sales team works directly with our art team for accurate stitch estimates.

Help_with_Printing_ArtworkCustom Embroidery FAQ:

  • How much is it to embroider my art? There is a one time set up fee to digitize custom artwork. Simple text can usually be done for nominal fee. Final cost is determined by the number of stitches in the embroidery, so each design must be individually quoted.
  • Can my embroidery contain shading, color gradation, or text smaller than .25″ (.375″ w/serifs)? Not with current technologies- if your artwork contains these characteristics, it will need to be revised before your items can be embroidered. A good test for success is to see if your design could be duplicated with a standard Sharpie Marker.
  • I’m a union local representative. Do you have our logo? Yes, please see the Unionwear Union Logo Library with the largest selection of free to use Union Logo Embroideries. These marks are owned by the trademark holder and are presented here to show examples of our work, for price quoting purposes, and to offer buyers who have the explicit authority to duplicate these marks the opportunity to use our digitized logo library rather than recreating the programming for embroidery.
  • I’m an artist. What guidelines do you have for providing embroidery artwork? Please submit your artwork in Tajima format (.dst file) or digitized for embroidery stitch length, density, color, direction and type.

If you have questions about these other kinds of embellish processes, please contact us for expert advice:

  • Heat transfer: Hot Split, Cold Peel, Flocking, etc…
  • Digitally Printed Garments and Patches
  • Pad Printing
  • Laser Engraving
  • Hot Stamping
  • Garment Debossing & Embossing
  • High Frequency & Sonic Welding