What sublimation fabric is right for your prints?

Sublimation Fabric

Sublimation FabricAll sublimation fabric needs polyester for the process to work. We list the pros and cons of each option on the market ensuring you get the best material and optimum results.

Sublimation Printing

The dye-sublimation process works by first printing the design onto a special piece of substrate transfer paper. This is then applied to the fabric using extreme heat and pressure. The solid dye particles turn into a gas skipping the liquid phase (the chemical term for this is sublimation). Heat also forces the pores in the polyester to open, allowing the gaseous dye particles to bond. This leaves a permanent print that sits within the fabric rather than on top.

Benefits of the Sublimation Process

• Permanent print- the design will never peel, crack or fade.
• Print infinite colours with no set-up costs.
• Photo realistic designs in 300dpi definition.
• Print garments seam to seam for full coverage.

65% Poly 35% Cotton Mix Fabric

The most common material for all over T shirt printing in the UK is 65/35. The 65% polyester is necessary for sublimation. The 35% cotton gives the fabric a more natural touch.


– Super-soft, natural feeling garments.
– Suitable for fashion brands.
– Wide choice of garments: T shirts, ladies tees, vests and sweatshirts.


– Loss of colour vibrancy: black prints as charcoal grey.
– Some colours such as yellow will be difficult to see.

100% Polyester Fabric

For ultimate colour vibrancy 100% polyester is the best choice. The feel is more synthetic than cotton mix.


– True colour printing- especially using dark colours.
– Perfect for promotional garments and charity events.


– Less garment styles available.
– Customers may prefer natural fabrics.

Both types of sublimation fabric printing are great—but for slightly different things. More often than not the design will make the decision for you.

For a free consultation and artwork check, contact Fire Label Bespoke to chat to an experienced account manager. Simply remember- the more polyester, the brighter the print.

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