What is Sublimation Printing

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 have been operating from their factory in Cape Town for nearly 20 years and understand 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 Sublimation House. They have your sublimation printing needs covered.


How does sublimation printing work?
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. In order 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 extraordinary crisp images with brilliant colors. Images equivalent to photographs with near perfect tones can be achieved.

This is due to the unique way that 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 Sport Wear, T-shirts, Golf shirts, Jackets, Hoodies, fabric, Curtains, Table Cloths, etc.

What are the best uses for sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing is perfect for Sports Wear. Because the colors are not added to the fabric but actually forms 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, organisations, etc. that wants to stand out at an event by creating their own 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


Sublimation House Unique golf-shirt design

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
– Not good when exact placements are needed, e.g. logo on pocket.
– Must print on light colors
– Does not work on natural fabric like cotton.