In sublimation printing, unique sublimation dyes are transferred to sheets of “transfer” paper via liquid gel ink. The ink is deposited on these high-release inkjet papers, which are used for the next step of the sublimation printing process. After the digital design is printed onto sublimation transfer sheets, it is placed on a heat press along with the garment to be sublimated.
In order to transfer the image from the paper to the garment, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperate and pressure. To be able to do sublimation printing you will need polyester mix garments to sublimate to. You can also sublimate onto a number of products and accessories including bags and caps.
The end result of the sublimation process is a high resolution, full colour print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the garment under normal conditions.
DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING
Direct to garment printing is a process by which garments are printed directly from a computer using advanced inkjet technology. While the inks and hardware are different than a desktop printer, the method of printing from a PC is very similar. After adding all the colours and finishing the design, a heat press cures the ink.
DTG printing is perfect for any kind of design as it can provide the same level of detail that is produced from a PC inkjet printer, but onto a garment.
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