Dye Sublimation

Dye Sublimation

Please Note That Dye Sublimation Can Be Done On Polyester Fabric Only

When you think of digital dye-sublimation printing, products such as T-shirts, mouse pads, mugs, and ceramic tiles might come to mind. These days, however, sublimation printing is taking on a new, bigger meaning as it explodes onto large-format fabric applications. Whether you are sitting at a blackjack table in Vegas, attending a performance in a theater, perusing the cosmetic counter at Macy’s, or walking through a museum exhibit, if you stop to take a look around, you may notice that the graphics surrounding you or decorating the table in front of you are fabrics printed with dye-sublimation technology.

What is dye sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing is a process that uses specific sublimation inks that, when heat activated, transform their dyes into a gaseous state that penetrates the fibers of polyester materials, infusing or embedding an image into the fabric. 

Important facts about dye sublimation

There are a lot of things to consider when ordering dye sub shirts. Dye sublimation decorated apparel is bright, bold, big and colorful. There are no boundaries and every piece is going to be as unique as you are. So every piece is going to be unique. That means if you order a dozen of the same shirt each one will be slightly different from the other. It’s a feature of the production process for dye sub and there is nothing that can be done about it short of switching to cut and sew sublimation.

What makes these shirts unique? Each print is made individually and the pressing process for transferring the sublimation print forces the shirt to lay completely flat. If you think about it, we’re not flat and neither are our clothes.  So when we force the shirt to lay flat we create Crinkles where the shirt doesn’t want to lay flat, thus producing VOIDS. This is part of the sublimation printing process. We are all ways in constant pursuit for the best way prevent all print voids, where only a minimum number of these voids will occur.