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What is sublimation printing?
What is sublimation printing?

It is a process where a design is transferred into the blank product using ink and heat

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Written by Isabella Pural
Updated over a week ago

Dye-sub or sublimation printing is a digital printing technology using full-color artwork that operates with polyester and polymer-coated garments or objects. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs, and banners. Also works on novelty items such as pillows, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas without passing through the liquid phase.

The process consists of 3 general steps:

  1. The sublimation dyes are loaded into the printer

  2. The design is printed onto transfer paper

  3. Heat is applied to the transfer paper, which causes it to transfer the ink to the product

The end product is less prone to fading, cracking, and peeling than other similar printing methods.

Here are the pros and cons of printing using this method:


  • Image quality and digital errors can be fixed via the printer

  • It allows whole garment prints and designs that go seam-to-seam.

  • Requires fewer human hands than other methods, which makes it cheaper

  • Excellent color range, quality, and DPI (dots per inch)

  • Durable prints

  • You can't feel the print since the ink is absorbed into the material


  • Only suitable for polyester-based and synthetic materials

  • Colors may vary slightly between the print file and the result due to RBG to CMYK color conversion

Here at Awkward Styles, we are lucky to have highly trained professionals working with our sublimation printers, so we can assure you that every product that goes through our production department will be carefully manufactured and reviewed for high quality before being shipped out.

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