Dye-sublimation printing (or dye-sub printing) is an imaging process which uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a synthetic fabrics (such as polyester), metals, glass and plastics.
No. Organic fibers, such as cotton, do not accept the sublimation dyes. However, you can sublimate popular blends such as 50/50 and 65/35. Only the polyester fibers will accept the dyes. So the higher the percentage of poly, the brighter your graphic will be. If you use a 50/50, the resulting image will have a washed out or faded look. Perfect for some types of graphics and not acceptable at all for others. It just depends on your customer’s expectations. Try our new Sublimation Simulator for a virtual visualization of your actual artwork on various colors and fabrics!
Yes! Dye sublimation works perfectly on most of the new moisture wicking fabrics.
There are no “white” sublimation inks. We can only dye the fabric darker. My analogy here: if you have a photo of a white poodle and you press it on a pink shirt, you then have a pink poodle. Try our new Sublimation Simulator for a virtual visualization of your actual artwork on various colors and fabrics!
Dye sublimation actually dyes the fabric. We are not melting plastic on top of the fabric. There will be absolutely no feel to the printed area. The print will never crack, peel or fade.