Sublimation offers full-color printing capabilities at an affordable start-up cost. All you need to bring is a sublimation printer, sublimation inks, sublimation paper, and a heat press. The technology is well-developed, and there is a vast support network of suppliers and users to help when questions arise.
Sublimation uses CMYK printing, giving you the ability to reproduce high-quality graphics and photographs. There are thousands of blank sublimation items available, including drinkware, apparel, photo-receptive, and exteriorsignage panels. The process of sublimation fuses the printed graphic to the blank item, making the finished transfer very durable and able to withstand hundreds (in some cases thousands) of washes without fading.
Sublimation printing uses heat to print the design on the fabric. First, the design is print on a special dye-transfer paper with sublimation ink. Then the transfer paper is laid into a heat press with the material and subjected to high-temperature ranging from 350 to 400° Fahrenheit. It allows the ink to move into the gaseous state and permeate with the fibers of the textile and solidify.
The print achieved is permanent and less prone to fading. Because the ink is embedded in the fabric rather than lying on the top, like in standard printing. It is a quick, effective, and permanent digital print method growing in popularity with various sublimation printing companies coming up.