Sublimation is the transfer process in which the image becomes part of the actual item. Sublimation needs special ink, paper and specific substrates with polyester coating to work. When heated to a high temperature the entire image will be smooth to the touch. Perfect for photograph like images.
Sublimation print is perfect for very complex designs involving lots of colour and detail it has no set up costs. The colors we create are super vibrant, we sublimate print of all sizes from small chest logo to full shirt prints. Custom sportswear including golf, football, and cycling all favour this method and is becoming hugely popular.
So the main difference between this and other types of printing is about the heat. The vaporized colors permeate the surface of the paper, creating a gentle gradation at the edges of each pixel, instead of the conspicuous border between dye and paper produced by inkjets. And because the color infuses the paper, it is also less vulnerable to fading and distortion over time.
The material and colour of shirts is very important for this printing method as it must contain a minimum of 65% polyester in the material and of a lighter colour. We stock a great selection of cotton/poly blended shirts that have great print results.