What is Sublimation Printing?


Sublimation is the best choice for team uniforms and custom sports apparel.

Many people ask “What is sublimation printing and why choose to sublimate vs. screen print” or “whats sublimation? Sublimation is the process of transferring dye to a fabric using heat. The images and graphics are printed on special paper placed on the garment and heat is applied, allowing the ink to become part of the fabric. This will leave you with a more breathable, soft-hand feel to the fabric. The best part is that the numbers, letters and graphics do not peel, wear off, or come out in the wash!

Sublimation is a great process that allows for vibrant, full color, all-over prints. 

 

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What products can sublimation printing be used on?
Sublimation is best used for white or light colored fabrics, usually polyester or a poly blend. Sublimation can also be used on polymer coated products such as coasters, mugs, mouse pads, phone cases, towels, basketball jerseys, glass etc.

Why is sublimation printing used?
Sublimation printing is the cheapest and most effective way to produce a full color print on polyester. Other processes like screenprinting, heat transfer or embroidery do not have the same effect and are more expensive, take longer or do not have the same desired effect. Sublimation is also an environmentally friendly printing alternative.

What does sublimation printing mean?
Sublimation printing, also known as dye sub or sublimation printing is a popular printing process for transferring images onto fabrics or materials. Sublimation excludes the liquid state and goes right from solid to a gas due to a chemical reaction. (kind of like dry ice.)

Is sublimation printing permanent?
Yes. Images and designs using the sublimation printing process yield beautiful and permanent colors that are embedded in to the substrate or fabric, rather than just printed on the surface.

Can sublimation printing be done on cotton?
No. You cannot do sublimation on 100% cotton. Sublimation must be done on 100% polyester for the best results. You can print on cotton shirts but it is not the same process as sublimation, but similar.

Is sublimation printing environmentally friendly?
Yes. Sublimation printing is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable process possible for sports apparel, garment printing and production. It produces no wastage and water is not required for the sublimation process.

Is sublimation printing good quality?
Sublimation printing produces a vibrant and high quality print on fabrics and materials. In comparison to other printing methods sublimation printing is the best process to produce a garment with endless design possibilities.

Does sublimation printing fade? Is sublimation printing durable?
Sublimation does not fade, peel off, come out in the wash or sun. Sublimation can print high quality photo prints or vector graphic designs which can be created and transferred to a polyester fabric or garment in a matter of minutes.

What temperature is used for sublimation printing?
The most common dyes used for sublimation printing activate during a range of 380 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal color.

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