Sublimation printing is a popular method for printing high-quality images onto a variety of fabrics and items as the display features no resolution loss when compared to the original image. With an image as clear as the source, a product made using the sublimation process will sustain its quality throughout the years.
Sublimation printing uses heat to essentially to bring the ink and fabric or substrate together as one (how philosophical is that?) First, a design is printed onto special transfer paper. The inks that are used turn into gas when brought under heat, it then combines with the fabric or substrate (like a tumbler, clipboard, mousepad… you get it). The effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is embedded in the fabric or substrate rather than simply laying on top like a normal print.
The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of for your skin, it’s for your chosen product. The heat opens up the pores of the fabric, then with the applied pressure the ink cools and returns to a solid form. The result is a permanent, full-color image that won’t crack, peel or wash away from the substrate, the process allows the ink to go from a solid to a gas without turning to liquid, a bit like dry ice, the conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure.
This printing method is best used on products such as polyester apparel in white or light colors or hard surfaces with a poly-coating, such as coasters, mugs, mousepads, acrylic, metal, and glass photos, indoor and outdoor signage, ornaments, and much more!
Sublimation printing’s unique method using solid ink makes it better for the environment.