Sublimation Printing – How does it work?

Sublimation is a printing procedure for transferring full colour graphics or photographs on to a wide selection of products. These products need to be either made from polyester or feature a polyester coating.


Dye sublimation is a printing process that relies on a specialised dye sublimation ink which when heated changes from being a solid dye to a gas, without passing the liquid stage. Images are printed on to coated heat resistant transfer paper in a reverse image of the design then heat pressed to a polyester substrate, usually at a temperature of between 180 to 210°c. This is the perfect temperature for the ink to change from a liquid to a gas.

As the heat is applied the gas ink penetrates the commonly white polymer fibres as it moves and dyes them.   The dyes simply transfer into the product, leaving a vibrant, durable image behind.


We offer a huge range of items suitable for sublimation transfers including bags, mugs, mouse mats and textiles plus many more making this a cost-effective way to expand your existing product offer and generate add-on sales.


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