Everything you need to know.

If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming your own textile artist, sublimation is the way to go. It’s a unique digital printing technique that involves adding dye to fabric, typically polyester or polyester-coated materials, using heat and pressure.

Sublimation printing is known for its ability to produce vibrant and durable prints that are resistant to fading, peeling, and cracking, even after repeated washing and wearing. This makes it suitable for products that are exposed to the elements or rough wear, such as sports apparel, outdoor banners, and promotional items. Sublimation printing is also eco-friendly, as it does not require the use of water or harsh chemicals, and the transfer paper used in the process can be recycled.

So, how does it work?

Why Choose Fabric Sublimation Over Other Print Methods?

All-Over Prints

Sublimation is the perfect choice for designs that cover the entire garment, offering a seamless and professional look, without any visible lines of seams.

Vibrant and Long-Lasting Colours

We love sublimation for its ability to produce vibrant and detailed prints with excellent colour accuracy. The ink is absorbed by the polyester fibres, resulting in bright and vivid colours that don’t fade, crack, or peel. The prints remain vibrant even after multiple washes.

Soft Hand Feel

Since the ink becomes part of the fabric, the prints are smooth and don’t add any extra texture to the garment.

Full-Colour Printing

As this is a digital method, sublimation allows for full-colour, intricate designs with great detail and colour gradients. Unlike screen printing, we are not restricted to a certain number of colours per print. In saying that, sublimation is less effective on dark fabrics unless a white base is used.


Unlike other printing methods, sublimation doesn’t block the fabric’s breathability, making it ideal for activewear.

The Wrap Up

Fabric sublimation is a cutting-edge printing technique that transforms your designs into vivid, high-definition prints on various garments. At The Colour Cartel, we specialise in fabric sublimation to offer our customers bright, durable, and intricate prints. This process is perfect for creating custom t-shirts, jerseys, leggings, and other polyester-based garments. Sublimation printing stands out for its ability to produce full-colour designs that are embedded into the fabric, ensuring long-lasting and vibrant results.

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