About Dye Sublimation Printing
Dye Sublimation Printing Process is where a Transfer is created with a specialised printer using a specialised ink and specialised paper. The Transfer is applied to a 100% polyester garment using heat and pressure, the pores of the Polyester fabric open up and become porous at around 200 degrees and the Ink on the transfer paper turns to a gas at around the same temperature. Once the heat is removed the pores of the Polyester fabric close up again and the ink turns back to a solid locking the print into the fabric.
Dye Sublimation is used commonly to add a full colour print onto 100% Polyester White or light colour garments, the Process can also be successful on light col;our garments but if you are wanting to achieve this it is most probably best to talk to us and show us your design. For full body sublimated garments, this process is where the whole body of the garment is covered by the printing process and is usually done prior to the garment being stitched together, the pieces of the garment are White in colour and then all colour is added by the sublimation process. Once the garments are fully printed they are stitched together and shipped. We out source this work as it is done offshore to keep the process affordable. Dye Sublimation is also commonly used to put logos onto Polyester Hi-Vis work wear, due to the transfer nature of the process the Logo or images to be added need to be Black or dark in Colour. This is the most successful way to decorate Polyester Hi-Vis Garments.
Like all process that we use to print with Dye Sublimation needs a high resolution image to print from, the Colour Range can be CMYK but we have found for best results it is best to have your art in RGB. The Resolution should be 600DPI and the max print area that we can print in house is A3 with a 5mm bleed line around the outside edge. Supplying your art on a USB Stick or via Email or a dropbox link are the perfected methods to get your art to us.
The Sports uniforms of today are more and more often being Full Body Dye Sublimation. we can help with this, it is important to plan our your uniform and where you want logos of Sponsors Numbers and name of Team and Players, this is due to the fact it is hard to add elements to the design after it is printed. (The best method to add Logos Names or numbers to these types of garments after they are printed is Vynal Print and Cut Process).
What Work Wear?
The Hi-Vis 100% Polyester Polo is becoming the main work shirt worn in the work place these days. It is easy and inexpensive to add your logo to your work shirts by using Dye Sublimation process. We have also used this process to successfully put logos onto the Soft Shell Jackets that are popular at the moment.