Sublimation Printing

Hello and welcome to the rapidly growing world of Sublimation Printing!

This is a recently popularised form of printing onto fabrics and has the advantage of being quick, cheap and long, long, long lasting

The process of Sublimation shirt printing costs more than other methods, but it lasts longer, and will not crack or peel over time, like other shirt printing methods.

Sublimation vs heat transfer 

The foremost difference between heat transfer and Sublimation is that with Sublimation, it is only the ink that transfers onto the material.

With the heat transfer process, there is usually a transfer layer that will be transferred to the material as well.

What can you sublimate onto?

For the best Sublimation results, it is best used with polyester materials.

It can be used with a range of materials that have a specialist polymer coating, such as those found on mugs, mouse pads, coasters, and more.

What are the limitations of Sublimation?

Aside from the materials that can be used for Sublimation, which can only be polyester or a polyester mix, one of the major limitations for Sublimation is the colors of any materials.

Because Sublimation is essentially a dye process, you can only use fabrics are either white or light-colored. 

Can you print white with Sublimation

Sublimation uses MCYK printing, and there is no combination of any base color ink which are able to produce the color white. You can print onto white materials and any other lighter color for that matter. But, if your design has white within it, then the white will not print, it will just be the white of the fabric that shows through - as seen in the designs below

Sublimated Flag of New Zealand with an embroidered edge
Here is a picture from a customer turned into a sublimated patch with an embroidered edge and embroidered text
This is a picture printed onto a polo for a 5 year old birthday
A unique patch that would have been impossible to embroider effectively
but which printed out stunningly