Sublimation printing is a printing transfer process which uses heat sensitive sublimation inks to permanently dye synthetic fabrics.
The process, which is called “Dye Sublimation”, involves the use of a special heat sensitive dye to print your design onto paper. The printed paper is then placed with the synthetic fabric into a heat press and pressed for a pre determined period.
The sublimation cycle transfers the design from the paper to the fabric. Sublimation is always done on synthetic materials and at high temperatures..
What Does This Mean For Your Printed Garments?
As the sublimation process actually dyes the garment, the colour is “in” the fabric and not on top, as is the case with traditional screen printing methods.. This gives a much better feel to the garment, as well as colour fastness and the ability to print unlimited colours.
Sublimation printing also enables the production of “all over prints” which allows your design to extend across the whole garment.
Sports that routinely use sublimated clothing include Australian Rules Football, Cycling, Cricket, Netball, Hockey, Touch, Lacrosse, Rugby and Soccer.
- Sponsors’ Logos – the number of logos is limited only by the space on the garment and there is no extra charge for these as they form part of the design. By contrast screen printed or embroidered logos can add significantly to the cost of the garment.
- Design Freedom – the only limitation is your imagination! Sublimated garments far outstrip embroidered, screen printed or other conventional garments in their impact.
- Durability – the colours are brilliant, and due to the heat setting process will not crack or fade with time.
Definition of “Design Colours”
As only white fabrics are suitable for sublimation printing, any “white” that you see in a sublimated design will actually be unprinted fabric, thereby making white a “free” colour.
Consequently, a “One Colour Design” refers to one colour other than white. Thus club colours of say Red and White will actually be a one colour design for sublimation printing purposes. Similarly, Red, Blue and White will be a “Two Colour Design” and Red, Blue, Green and White will be a “Three Colour Design”.