High quality sportswear is created using the digital dye-sublimation process, as well as continuous textiles used as banners, curtains or tablecloths
Dye Sublimation is a process whereby an digitally printed artwork is transferred onto polyester cloth. The process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items.
In order for the image to be transferred from the paper to the substrate, a heat press process is required, that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The printed image forms a gas and dyes the cloth, or other polymer-coated substrates, permanently. The end result of the sublimation process is a permanent, high resolution, full colour print.
Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate. The cloth is now cut to a pattern, and sewn together to create the end product.