What is Sublimation?
What is Sublimation?
Sublimation printing involves special paper, ink and polyester coated items. It allows you to print full colour, photo-realistic artwork and gradients perfectly. Those types of images can be difficult and expensive to reproduce with screen printing and is best suited for designs that use solid colour.
With very few design restrictions, which allow us to offer customers the ability to print any design on just one shirt — which is something that most print shops won’t do. Sublimation printing is best suited for small orders of apparel that use complex multi-colour artwork.
Only 100% Polyester.
Sublimation inks adhere only to polyester fibres, but will never wash off or fade. We carry classic silky-polyester tees but if you’re not a fan, we offer a polyester tee that looks and feels like a cotton. For best results, turn the shirt inside out during the wash cycle and then hung to dry.
How It Works
Our 5 Step Process For Sublimation Printing
Sublimation textile inks become an actual part of the item. Sublimation uses special paper, ink and polyester-coated items that all react with each other. Sublimation items are smooth to the touch. You won’t be able to feel any image outline if you run your fingers across the sublimated item. The color is so much more vibrant than the inkjet heat transfer paper it’s ridiculous!
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When heated to high temperatures, sublimation ink turns into a gas and the pores of the polyester coated item open up allowing the gas to enter. Then, once removed from the heat the pores of the polyester item close up trapping the ink inside of the item. Thus the material changes colours.
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Sublimation inks are translucent in nature. Unlike DTG printing, there is no pre-treatment process that allows for sublimation on darker colours. Sports jerseys are often all-sublimation, printed with full-colours while the uniform is a single sheet of uncut material
Before DTG, sublimation was the go-to solution for print clarity and definition, the drawn back to sublimation is that as a heat press gets hotter the colours get darker by even a degree or two, so smaller runs are better suited to this process.
MORE THAN JUST TEES
For brand extensions, sublimation is a vey important. For minimum of 6 pieces, your logo can be printed on coffee mugs, travel mugs & water bottles etc. Through our sign company SignBros, we can further carry your logo into a full neon or metal sign.