Sublimation is a fancy way of printing these days whereby a special computerised printer uses heat to transfer dye directly onto fabric. The cool thing about this method is that the dye goes from a solid to a gas state without going through the liquid stage. It also means that the dye permeates the fibres of the material as opposed to sitting on top of it like it would with a screen, DTG or vinyl print. This means you get longer lasting, more durable designs that look and feel as though they are woven into the fabric. Even the very best screen prints can crack or fade over time so with sublimation you avoid this altogether.
Furthermore, what makes sublimation stand out from other techniques is that there’s really no limit to the amount of colours, logos, numbers, names or designs you can have on your garment. With any other kind of printing, you end up paying for these added details - the more you want, the more it will cost. With sublimation, it stays at a fixed price.
To put it simply, sublimation allows you to have any design under the sun! The possibilities are endless and that’s what we love so much about it. If you can think it up, then there’s a 99% chance we can achieve it with sublimation printing. So, get as imaginative as you can and let the creative juices flow!
We’ve done lots of really vibrant designs, for all sorts of sports and occasions, Rugby, Basketball, Soccer, Netball, Hockey, Bowls, Swimming, you name it!
Here are a few of our faves to give you some inspiration and give you an idea of how much freedom you can have! As you can see, Sublimation is great for achieving a photorealistic finish.
Like everything else it has some limitations, the main one being that it can only be done (at the moment) on polyester. This is probably the main reason it’s so popular with sportswear because it’s perfect for those 100% breathable Dry Fit options.
All good things take (more) time, so sublimation generally takes up to about 4 weeks. But believe me it’s worth it!