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Key Features of Dye Sublimation

Why Dye Sublimation?

Are you in need of perfect, cost effective, promotional printing garments? Then Dye Subliminal is the perfect option for you. In this method, the dye is heated until it transforms into a gas. It then diffuses into the fibers of the material themselves, and solidifies, embedding the print image into the fabric.



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The Process of Dye Sublimation

How it Works?

Sublimation is the transferring of sublimation ink onto a polyester-based fabric. The desired image is printed onto paper and pressed onto the fabric using heat. From small central prints to all-over prints, dye-sublimation can do it all. Many synthetic fashion clothing and sportswear with photos, logos, names and numbers are printed using dye sublimation.


Garment Selection

100% Polyester Garments print best with Dye Sublimation Printing

The first step is all about selecting the garment. On white or very light-colored fabrics, ceramics, and metals or even on products with a polymer coating, the dye sublimation printing method creates prints that are vivid, sharp and permanent, with no texture when the print is touched.



In Dye Sublimation, images are printed with dye onto fabrics and garments

Because dye sublimation uses dye and not ink, it is able to penetrate the fibers of the garment instead of just sitting on their surface – lending to its incredible durability. Your design choices are unlimited: you can choose from any image or colour for the design of your dreams.



Heat curing process is used to permanently affix the print to the garment

It employs the use of industrial inkjet technology to print your desired image onto the garment. It’s useful to imagine it as a giant inkjet printer, but instead of papers and documents, Pre-treatment is required for darker colour garments so white underbase can be printed to give bright colours.

See what sets Dye Sublimation apart from other Printing Methods

Advantages of Dye Sublimation

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No Setup Costs

As no much equipment is needed for dye sublimation, there is no necessary set-up cost!

Bulk Discounts

You will definitely benefit from bulk discounts, but even single orders are financially efficient and reasonable.

Prints Don't Crack or Peel

Our inks give a soft finish, resulting in prints that don’t crack or peel.

Prints are Stretchable

Because the prints are printed directly onto the fabric, they can stretch any way that the fabric stretches.

Potential Limitations of Dye Sublimation

What are the Possible Disadvantages?

  • The dye sublimation process can only be done on white or light fabrics that are polyester-based.
  • Build-your-own garments are not able to be sublimated.
  • Exact colour matching via the Pantone Matching System might not be possible.

Certain Hues can look different on a Computer Screen and on Print

Some Colors can look Different in Real Life

There aren't many things our incredible DTG process cannot achieve! However, when choosing the colors for your artwork, it’s important to note that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your computer monitor. Even if you have calibrated your monitor to a specific color profile, there are various factors that influence the final appearance of colors on a printed product. Because of this, we can’t guarantee color accuracy 100%.

Our printers will convert your submitted print file from RGB to CMYK color space. This color conversion process changes the color gamut, or range of colors that can be expressed. You must be very cautious when using bright neon and pastel RGB values in your print files. Some examples include hot pinks, lime greens, construction orange, highlighter yellow, Easter egg shades, etc. You should also consider other factors like fabric material, garment color, and whether your print will require a white under base layer when choosing colors.

If color accuracy is important to you, we suggest ordering our pre-made color swatches on a sample product. You can use those swatches to decide which RGB values best compare to the desired results when printed on a physical product.

Some amazing prints produced using Dye Sublimation

Print Examples

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Request a Quote

Deciding on clothing and printing technique can be complicated. If you want to know more about printing methods, or to seek a quote from us, then please contact us via Quick Quote Form or by Email, and we will try to respond to your request within the shortest time frame possible – usually within 24 to 48 hours of receiving your request.

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