Sublimation printing is a process which uses heat and pressure to transfer a printed design onto a polyester surface or treated fabric. Similar to a digital transfer, the artwork is printed on a transfer paper with sublimation inks and then transferred onto the item using heat. This ink is embedded in the product, creating a finish that will not fade or come off with daily use. It is mainly used for sports uniforms, neoprene items, non-woven bags and mugs that have colourful or photographic images.
- Sublimation ink is actually a dye so there’s no build-up and print looks naturally part of the product.
- Reproduces vivid full-colour images and designs.
- Able to print variable data including individual names and numbers.
- One setup fee for all print colours, regardless of the number.
- Can only be used on limited types of products with white surfaces.
- Approximate PMS colours can only be reproduced.
- Colours such as metallic silver and gold cannot be reproduced.
- When printing large scale images some minor imperfections of the print or on the edges are expected. These imperfections are unavoidable using this method.
Artwork Format Required
- Vector (EPS, Ai or PDF)
- A 3mm bleed should be added to the artwork if it bleeds off the product