Sublimation Printing Explained - 2023

What is sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing is a type of inkjet printing that transfers dyes or pigments onto a material using heat. The process is similar to dye sublimation, which uses pressure and heat to transfer dye onto a fabric or other substrate.

Sublimation printers use dyes or inks that contain solvents, waxes, and resins. These substances are heated into a gas state so they can be transferred through the air and onto your shirt (or whatever else you're trying to print).

Advantages of dye sublimation printing

Dye sublimation printing is an economical and environmentally friendly way to print for your business. The printed products are durable, long-lasting and bright. Dye sublimation printing is also easy to apply and can be applied to many different materials including:

  • T-shirts

  • Bags

  • Mugs, plates and other dinnerware items

Disadvantages of dye sublimation printing

The biggest disadvantage of dye sublimation printing is the cost. The price of this method can be higher than other types of printing because you have to use chemicals, which drive up your costs.

Another disadvantage is the quality—it's not as high as lithography or screen printing since both methods can produce more accurate results. Dye sublimation may also be less effective on lighter fabrics because it doesn't provide a solid base for images to work with. You'll need heavier-weight fabrics if you want your design to look good and last long-term without fading away quickly.

Lots of people are using this printing method now

You probably know that sublimation printing has been around for a long time. You might also know that it's popular among designers, who use it to print their own clothing, mugs and other items.

But you may not be aware that many people are using this method now to create more than just t-shirts and mugs. Sublimation printing is also used to print artwork on posters. It's so versatile that you can use it to create very unique pieces of art!


Sublimation printing is a great way to print your images on different types of materials. You can use it to make T-shirts, posters and many other items. You don’t need special equipment or training—just buy some equipment and follow the instructions in this article.


If you have a heat press and want to trail sublimation printing check out the collection below:


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