Sublimation Printing

Dye Sublimation FAQ

What is dye sublimation?

Dye sublimation is a printing process when applied with heat it will release onto a synthetic substrate most commonly for us we put on poly based fabric, blended fabric, or any synthetic fabric. It can also be printed on plastic or ceramic but we do not specialize in that. 

How does it work?

Simply put it it takes the paper and when heat is applied to the paper onto a fabric it releases the dye into a gas and then it penetrates to the fabric to print the design you have chosen. 

What temperature is used?

Most commonly for poly based fabric we use anywhere from 400-415 degrees fahrenheit at 15-20 seconds. Every fabric is different however so it might have to be adjusted accordingly. 

What happens if you do not use a synthetic fabric?

Many prefer sometimes a look that a blended fabric gives. It lightens the intensity of the colors creating a vintage look to most garments. There are fabrics we will recommend that you avoid because the dye will not stay on the fabric after many washes. 

Is dye sublimation eco friendly?

From various research and studies read sublimation is one of the most eco friendly ways to dye a fabric. There is no need for water waste when doing sublimation. The paper that retains the dye is transferred then recycled. And we do everything to try to save as much waste as possible.