Sublimation is the method of applying a digital image to
polyester apparel, poly coated ceramics, metals and other
items. Sublimation ink transfers are applied with a heat
press. Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert
from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form.
The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with
pressure and time.
temperature opens the pores of the polymer and allows the
gas to enter. When the heating cycle is completed, the temperature
drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state,
only the image on the transfer paper has been transferred
to the item and has actually become a part of the surface.
Run your finger across the surface of sublimation and you
will feel nothing, there is no “hand” feel.
Done correctly, it cannot be washed out or come off, unless
the actual fibers or coating is damaged.
Dye sublimation transfers are unique because the ink is
infused into the fabric or poly substrate, unlike traditional
ink-jet transfers, which transfers a film that you can feel
or as known as having a heavy “hand”. This is
a great process to transfer digital prints of photographic
quality or very colorful designs on a shirt or any other
sublimate type product.