What is Sublimation Printing?
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.
ADVANTAGES OF SUBLIMATION
- Unlimited colors with no added cost.
- Produces vibrant colors, making it perfect for photographic images.
- Ability to create complex all-over print designs on the front and back of your sublimated uniforms.
- You can’t feel the print at all, it gives the fabric a soft feel.
- Sublimation print will not crack, peel, or fade.
- Enhance your garment by adding a heat transfer such as, rhinestones, hot fix glitter or foil.
- Sublimation printing never goes out of style. Because sublimated uniforms are custom made, there is no need to worry about a uniform being discontinued next season. It is also easy to reorder one from us in the future as we keep your design on file.
- 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.
Durability and Feel
Sublimation uses a process where the ink becomes part of the fabric rather than adding a layer on top. This results in a transfer that is unmatched in both durability and feel. On the other hand, heat transfer paper adds a layer on top of the garment. This additional layer can be physically felt and is less durable than sublimation and can become faded and cracked over time with numerous wash cycles.
It is important to note that heat transfer papers are not created equally, and you will find some that offer a softer feel and greater durability than other transfer papers.