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Dye sublimation is becoming a good solution for multiple logos and custom apparel, particularly with the added attraction of low minimums. We are often asked a number of questions in relation to sublimated products.
In order to make the whole process smoother and clearer, we have put together a brief explanation document.
A Quick Overview
Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology that enables the reproduction of colourful images on common everyday items, including clothing and novelties.
You create an image on your computer, print it onto special transfer paper using sublimation inks, and then apply the paper with the image onto the item to be decorated.
Using a heat press, the transfer paper is pressed onto the surface at 240c. which then causes the sublimation inks to “transfer” from the paper to any polymer fibres within the substrate.
After about a minute, the heat is removed and the transfer paper is peeled off, leaving behind a permanent, full colour image on the substrate.
Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time.
The high temperature – from a heat transfer press – opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. The print then becomes part of the polymer.
Hard items including ceramics and metals require a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. However, you do not need any coating on 100% polyester items such as mouse mats and 100% polyester fabric.
On the other hand, digital printing, especially dye-sublimation printing, is quick and inexpensive in both the setup and production. This makes it an ideal choice for both creating personalized, one-of-a-kind items and mass producing a variety of custom products.
Moreover, dye-sublimation printing yields beautiful and permanent colours that are embedded in the substrate or fabric, rather than printed on the surface.Images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washings. Images on hard substrates will not chip, peel or scratch.
Summing It Up
- We do request the logo to be in vector format to meet high quality of dye sublimation printing, If you have a low quality format such as a .JPG, .BMP or .GIF file, we may need to re-create the logo in a higher resolution format which would incur additional artwork fees.
- Colour reference we use is PMS colour.
- Standard minimum order quantities start as low as 25 pieces with mix and match sizes acceptable.
- Minimum reorder quantity is 12 pieces.
- Remember, Dye Sublimation does not work on 100% Cotton. There needs to be a mix of Polyester in the fabric which holds the sublimated dye more efficiently. Cotton backed fabric is acceptable.
Standard production time for our sublimated products is approx. 4 weeks from artwork approval.
Due to the endless designs and colours available, sublimated apparel is the perfect solution for everyone. We are excited and can’t wait to help you with your first order or repeat order of customised sublimated uniforms.