What is sublimation?

Well, simply put, sublimation is a process by which special ink dyes are printed onto a transfer medium with a specially prepared inkjet printer. Those dyes are then transferred from the medium to an object or garment under the heat and pressure delivered by a commercial heat press.

Sublimation only works on garments made of polyester, or on specialty objects made of polyester or given a polyester coating. When the heat and pressure are applied, the dye on the transfer medium sublimates, or becomes a gas, and is then absorbed into the polyester itself; the print is actually a part of the garment/coating. It doesn’t fade easily, wear, or have any texture or weight.

What does all of this mean to you, our customer?

  • Full color on small runs. Unlike screen printing, there is no need for separate screens, films, or a great deal of setup for sublimation. Though you may well need to have us refine your art, the process thereafter is straightforward, and on smaller orders may prove less expensive overall than screen printing.
  • Less need for minimum orders. We are more likely to be able to accommodate a smaller order or re-order when you sublimate, due to the reduced amount of setup needed to print your item.
  • Individual customization. Though art charges may apply for this level of customization, seeing as each garment is printed from it’s own transfer rather than en masse on the same set of screens, this method makes it much easier to add individual customization to each printed item.
  • Lighter hand. The nature of sublimation means that prints are never heavy or thick. The garment is unchanged by the process, save for the addition of your art.
  • Durability. There is no cracking or peeling in a sublimated print, they last as long as the garment.

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All Over Printing

Jerzees Shirt Included. ADD $2 for Vapor Tees

QTY SINGLE SIDE DOUBLE SIDE
SAMPLE $30 $40
2 to 11 $19 $28
12 to 24 $18 $26
25-48 $17 $22
49-72 $16 $21
73-96 $15 $20
96+ $14 $18
150 $12 $17

Sublimation

PRINTING ONLY

QTY 5x5 10x10 14x18
SAMPLE
2 to 11 $5 $6 $8
12 to 24 $4.5 $5.5 $7.5
25-48 $4 $5 $7
49-72 $3.5 $4.5 $6.5
73+ $3 $4 $6

Is sublimation printing for you? That depends on the actual job; when you weigh all the factors if you want a small number of full-color printed garments, sublimation will fit your needs perfectly. Moreover, if you're a fan of light-feeling prints or performance fabrics you may find that you prefer it to traditional printing methods. Ultimately, if you absolutely want a cotton garment, have a large order, or just don’t know what you want; let Caught In Customs help you make the right choice. Our expert knowledge and team members can tailor any part of the decoration process to your specific order! Contact us for more info or get started today!