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Sublimation Printing: All You Need to Know

Sublimation printing is an increasingly popular way of printing, but what's this fuss all about?

Okay, we get it: this process is becoming more and more trendy. But it's not that obvious to fully understand how it actually works and when it's best to choose it over other printing methods. Here is a sublimation printing guide: we'll tell you how it works (we promise we won't get too techy), explain what is sublimation printing, and when's best to choose it, including the (very few!) downsides.

What is sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing is firstly a chemical process. This procedure might sound science lab-y, but thanks to all things digitalised, it's actually way more accessible and easy to use than you'd think.

No need for a chemistry degree. But if you really ask, sublimation alludes to the fact that a solid can turn into a gas by skipping the liquid stage in between: in this case, the dye would be the solid itself.

This technique can also be called dye-sublimation, as the dye changes state and leaves behind a beautiful, precise and sleek print. In this way, you'll be transferring your chosen design from sublimation paper onto fabric or material by using pressure and heat: once you have machinery available, it's pretty straightforward and cost-effective. That's why it's becoming so popular!

Sublimation printing pros and cons

As you'll quickly see, the pros are plenty, and the cons of sublimation printing are very few. Do you know those t-shirts with a thick print on them, whether a brand logo or a text, that end up looking all damaged in a few washes? That will not happen with sublimation printing. In fact, it will only ever transfer the inks, and your design won't scratch off.

As sublimation is a digital method, your design can reach impressive levels of detail: depending on the machine, you can almost achieve photographic quality! If you're detail-oriented, then this is your choice.  

What about resistance and durability? Sublimation lets the dye penetrate easily and deeply into the fabric. This type of printing is highly resistant and is outshining most alternatives on the resistance side of things.

And finally, what about the cons? They're very little, but they need to be carefully considered, especially when choosing your fabric. Sublimation on cotton just doesn't perform well, and the same goes for most natural materials, including silk. On the other hand, it's ideal for polyester rich fabrics, such as sweaters and hoodies, dresses, t-shirts, or even socks, as long as it's a poly-blend material.

How to do sublimation printing?

Now that you got what sublimation printing is, how it works, and its pros and cons, you are probably considering giving it a go. The good news is, there's no need to invest in any machinery, as we provide this seamless service to you. We offer sublimation printing on all of our polyester prints! You won't have to learn how to use sublimation paper, do not worry.

If you have a small press at home, or even an iron - you can even buy sublimation paper as a product once you upload your design.

Sublimation printing is phenomenal for precise fine lines and sleek details, and it's definitely one of the most impeccable printing methods. As you can rely on us providing the service, there's no investment costs or training needed. You share your creativity and taste, and we'll get you the fabric of your dreams. Make sure you pick a versatile poly-blend, and you're good to go!

Tags: sublimation, printing, fabric

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