Let’s take a second to dig into sublimation printing, also know as dye-sub. Sublimation uses heat and pressure to transfer an image from a printed sheet onto a fabric sub-straight. Because sublimation printing is only compatible with 100% polyester garments you’ll find it more commonly used in athletic applications like soccer jerseys, road bike jerseys etc.
Another important detail to note about sublimation printing is that it only works on white or very light colored garments. In this video we are using the Threadfast 140A t-shirt. This is a great product because it’s sublimation friendly, fits like your favorite t-shirt and has a cotton like feel. Here’s a closer look at the tee we printed in the video.
Why is sublimation a good option? Unlike screen printing, it’s a digital print so there are no screen setups involved making it more economical at a lower minimum. It also yields a very flexible and soft print that’s great for garments that undergo a lot of stretch and require breathable properties.
Sublimation is also a good solution for hat printing because it can hold high details and is affordable if you’re producing art that contains a high color count or gradients. We’ll use sublimation in patch work for all these same reasons. See examples below.
In all sublimation is a great system if used where its strengths outweigh is limitations. If you have any questions on sublimation feel free to give us a call.
We've worked with The Foundry for two projects. Logo'ed kitchen towels which we sell and custom embroidered custom aprons for a special group of out staff at Café Campagne We were very happy with the results.
Great to work with, very helpful in getting concept to product.
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I chose Foundry out of the many print shops available to us nearby because of their stellar communication and follow-up, plus they made the shirt-making and ordering so easy for me to understand! I have no knowledge of screen printing and shirts whatsoever, but with Clint and Kara's help I was able to pick and design one for my company AND THEY TURNED OUT AMAZING! Seriously, I can't thank you guys enough. The people at the Foundry are kind, helpful, patient and professional, answering my many questions and easing my worries. Project was completed on time and on budget, shipped fast, shirts were comfortable and the designs well printed. I am absolutely going back here in the future.
Working with Foundry was a wonderful experience. Clint was professional and he helped us tremendously. I will most definitely do more business with Foundry. Foundry is A1.
Great experience with The Foundry! They were able to do a project super fast and the end result was awesome! I will be working with them again.
Fantastic customer service with friendly employees and high quality prints. They are great at accommodating for their customers and making sure that everything comes out absolutely perfectly. Definitely recommend for anyone who needs quality screen printing services!
The Foundry ROCKS!! So quick to respond and able to accommodate anything we threw at them! I can't wait to order from the team again!
I got awesome service and some really cool swag for my new business. Forrest talked me through best bang for my buck and with some high-quality items. The logos turned out great in my members at the Cle Elum Back9 love the gear. I’ve already had to re-order some more gear.
I've worked in the apparel business for over 20 years. As a retail buyer, sales representative and as the co-founder of The Foundry Print Shop. I'm passionate about custom apparel and creative problem solving. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog posts.