Sublimation printing involves printing a design onto a special transfer paper using sublimation ink. The ink is made up of tiny solid particles that can turn into a gas when they are heated to a certain temperature. When the transfer paper is placed onto the fabric and heated, the ink particles turn into a gas. They then bond with the fibers of the fabric, creating a permanent and durable print.
One of the key advantages of sublimation printing is that it allows for more intricate and detailed designs than traditional screen printing. With screen printing, each color in the design requires a separate screen and layer of ink. This can limit the complexity of the design. In contrast, sublimation printing can print virtually any design, with as many colors and patterns as desired.
The quality of the sublimation print can be impacted by several factors. This can include the quality of the printer, ink, transfer paper, and fabric used in the process. A high-quality printer and ink can produce sharper, clearer lines and more vibrant colors than a lower-quality printer or ink. The transfer paper used in sublimation printing can also impact the quality of the print. A higher-quality transfer paper, will produce a better image transfer and more accurate colors. When working with Upper Edge, you can be assured we use high quality printers and inks to ensure a great jersey every time!
Similarly, the fabric used in the sublimation process can impact the quality of the print. Sublimation works best on polyester fabrics, as the ink bonds more effectively with synthetic fibers. However, not all polyester fabrics are created equal. A higher-quality fabric with a tighter weave can produce a better print quality than a lower-quality fabric with a looser weave.
In summary, sublimation printing offers high-quality, durable, and intricate prints that can make a sublimated hockey jersey stand out on the ice. Choosing Upper Edge Hockey for your jerseys means you’re getting high-quality materials and experience in sublimation printing. This can help ensure the best possible results.