Sublimation Heat Transfer is a printing technique that allows for full color, all-over apparel prints. Your artwork is printed onto a sheet of high-release paper and the paper will transferred onto polyester fabric by using heat and pressure.
Majority sublimation heat transfer printing use “cut and sew full body print” method. This process is print and transfer the image on polyester fabric, and then send the pre-printed fabric for cut and sew to become a complete t-shirt.
The cut and sew full body sublimation heat transfer print produces higher quality results and provides more options for customization to make garments unique and set them apart from the competition. However, cut and sew full body sublimation is not cost effective for low quantity order and it need longer lead time for production.
- Sublimation is great for color. Sublimation is a great process for full-color graphics of the variety of substrates.
- It’s great for putting photographic images on t-shirts, mugs and any sublimation-able item.
- Full-color sublimation is less expensive than the other methods.
- Sublimation becomes part of the substrate unlike heat transfer, can’t be felt, they won’t scratch, and it won’t wash off and it can be safely hand washed.
- It takes more time; this is mainly due to the amount of time it takes to print the paper for the transfer to take place.
- Limited fabric. It’s only work with 100% polyester fabric. No cotton fabric all at.
- At production point, it is difficult to produce accurate print out color. Customer need to compromise with the printing color accuracy.