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WHAT IS SUBLIMATION PRINTING

This is a process whereby any design or image is transferred to a special type of paper and from there onto a polyester fabric. The process involves high heat and pressure and the result is a permanent print that is only limited by your imagination.

Sublimation House has been operating from its factory in Cape Town for nearly 20 years and understands the sublimation process very well. Their team of graphic designers will assist you with all your sublimation printing needs to ensure that your garment will be perfect for you and your team. If you need a sublimation printer then look no further than Sublimation House. They have your sublimation printing needs covered.


A sublimation printing machine from Subhouse in Cape Town
Sublimation Printing Machine

Once you have decided on a design for your garment and the graphic designers did their magic the image is then reverse printed on a special sheet of “transfer paper”. The paper will allow the ink to be released into the polyester fabric. This is achieved by using heat and pressure to turn the ink into a gas without going through a liquid phase. To ensure that the process will result in a long-lasting and crisp print, the correct combination of time, temperature, and pressure is required. The process then allows the ink that was turned into a gas, to enter the pores of the polyester fabric. Once the gas then cools down it solidifies and is trapped inside the fabric of the garment. To achieve optimal color, temperatures of up to 215 degrees Celsius can be used. The sublimation printing process produces a garment that is permanently dyed and the print will last as long as the fabric.

Sublimation printing results in extraordinarily crisp images with brilliant colors. Images equivalent to photographs with near-perfect tones can be achieved.

This is due to the unique way the ink bonds and penetrates the fibers. The images can also be transferred across the whole garment allowing for some unique and interesting designs. With sublimation printing one is only limited by your imagination when it comes to what you want to print on your Sports Wear, T-shirts, Golf shirts, Jackets, Hoodies, fabric, Curtains, Table Clothes, etc.


Sublimation printing is perfect for Sports Wear. Because the colors are not added to the fabric but form part of the fibers of the fabric it is extremely durable and will last as long as the garment. It will not fade in the many washes your Sports Wear will be subjected to.

Sublimation printing is perfect for clubs, teams, organizations, etc. that want to stand out at an event by creating their unique garments. By having more than just your name or logo on your shirt you will be noticed by everyone. Why have a small button on your shirt when your whole shirt can shout out a message?


Sublimation printing can also be used for decorating signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces


a sublimation printed tee with a bull dog from Subhouse in Cape Town
Sublimation Printed Tee from Subhouse Cape Town

A sublimation printed shirt with the grim reaper from Subhouse in Cape Town
Sublimation Printed Shirt from Subhouse in Cape Town

Advantages of sublimation printing


– Sublimation printing results in a nearly permanent, high-resolution, full-color print.

– The prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.

– Produces images on garments that look like a photograph.

– No layers on top of the fabric so it feels terrific.

– Design is only limited by your imagination.




Disadvantages of Sublimation printing


– Must print on light colors

– Does not work on natural fabric like cotton.


.Sublimation House


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