Dye Sublimation Printing
Dye sublimation printing, also known as dye sub printing, is a printing technique that can avoid the common complaints with custom sportswear. With dye sub printing you don’t have to worry about cracking, peeling, fading, or scratching because the ink is embedded in the fibers of the garment, not on top of them.
We use industry-leading sublimation techniques and technology to provide our customers with quality products, faster turnaround times, and longer-lasting sportswear and apparel.
What Is Dye Sublimation?
Dye sublimation is a printing technique that uses heat to transfer images or designs to fabrics. The ink used in dye sublimation printing is changed from a solid to a gas instantly, skipping the liquid phase. This causes the ink to bond directly to the fibres of the apparel. Unlike other printing processes which print a layer of ink on top of the apparel, dye sublimation printing turns the ink into part of the apparel!
There are two types of dye sublimation:
Full Dye Sublimation (FDS), or Full Dye-Sub Printing: This sublimation technique involves printing designs and images all over your fabric.
Partial Dye Sublimation (PDS) or Partial Dye-Sub Printing: This technique involves transferring images and designs to specific parts of your fabric or rigid object.
How Does Dye-Sub Printing Work?
Over the years, sublimation printing has proven to be the best method to customize and personalize apparel and sportswear. This technology provides classy and quality sportswear that is resilient to peeling, cracking, and fading.
Any successful sublimation project requires a decent choice of design and images. Choosing suitable designs and images for your outfit is important as it enhances your sportswear’s appeal and general look. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of logos, colors, and designs to choose from for a successful sublimation.
Dye-sublimation also requires unique technology. The printer used in dye-sub printing is different from your normal home or office printer. Compared to your home printer that uses a series of dots, the printer used in dye-sub printing utilizes heat. Also, instead of normal printing papers, the unique digital printer uses a long roll of transparent film on which images and logos are printed.