Although there are a number of imprinting methods for your customized neck lanyards, hot stamping, screen printing, and full color are the most commonly used methods. Although each method comes with its own advantaged and disadvantages, your final choice will ultimately depend on your budget, purpose, and chosen material.
Hot Stamped Neck Lanyards
For those on a tight budget, the most economical choice would be the hot stamped custom lanyard. Unfortunately, the affordable price means that you will have a limited choice of color and material combinations. After all, only a thin layer of color can be applied on the surface. Therefore, the most common color-material combination employed for this method is using a light color, such as white or silver, on a dark colored material.
Likewise, the low cost means that the durability of the printed designs will be compromised. For this reason, hot stamped neck lanyards are best suited for short-term use. Daylong trade shows or conferences are the best events to wear lanyards that make use of this imprinting method.
In the end, though this method does have many limitations, it is still one of the most popular lanyard imprinting methods. Often, the inexpensive prices for bulk orders make up for its many disadvantages.
Screen Printed Neck Lanyards
However, if you are willing to splurge a little more on your purchase, then you might want to choose a screen-printed neck lanyard instead. Screen printed lanyards make use of a manual imprinting process on each lanyard. Therefore, the additional labor involved makes the overall process more expensive compared to the automated hot stamped printing method.
In addition, designs must be printed one at a time on each precut length of fabric. Although the attention to detail does result in enhancing the quality of these neck lanyards, they also contribute to the significantly higher price tag.
Nevertheless, the enhanced quality ensures that the imprinted lanyards will be durable enough to be sold for retail purposes. Likewise, the method will allow you to employ a wider variety of color and material combinations. The screen printing process applies more ink onto the lanyard’s surface, thus making it possible to print a dark colored design on a light colored material.
Additionally, most screen printed neck lanyards make use of a wider cotton or nylon material compared to hot stamped lanyards. The larger surface area makes it possible to imprint more texts and more detailed logo designs. The thicker ink deposit also makes the print more resistant to scratches and fading. However, since the images are merely screen printed onto the surface, they will still deteriorate over time.
Full Color Neck Lanyards
If you are looking for a customized lanyard purchase that will last you for many years to come, then your best bet is a full color neck lanyard. The designs for these neck lanyards are created using a sublimation method that results in the highest quality logos and texts.
Full color lanyards make it possible to make faithful and realistic reproductions of the most complex designs. In fact, you can even have actual paintings printed over the entire surface of the material if necessary. Likewise, the sublimation process allows you to print your chosen design on both sides of the lanyard.
Furthermore, full color lanyards are more durable compared to screen printed lanyards since the ink does not simply sit on the material surface. It is actually absorbed into the fabric thus making it more durable and comfortable to wear around your neck. The seamless print eliminates the rough texture associated with screen printed and hot stamped designs.
Although this imprinting method is the most expensive choice, it does provide you with uncompromised quality. Your custom printed lanyards will not only be hard wearing, but feature the most visually stunning designs as well. For that reason, these lanyards are best suited for promoting brands or companies with detailed or multi-colored logos.