Sublimation is the most impressive and detailed way to customise your performance apparel, allowing for endless design possibilities. Designs can incorporate any colour, gradient, font or effect that you can think of. Designs can go across seams, under arms, along waistbands - all while maintaining the wicking properties of your jersey as you go to work on the playing field.
How it Works
Sublimation is a process whereby ink is actually burned into the fibres of the garment, as opposed to the way ink is caked on top of the material in conventional silk screening. Your design is first printed on paper sheets, then applied to the garment using a heat press.
The technical benefits of sublimation are as impressive as the design capabilities. Once a design has been sublimated it will become part of the material. This means that the design will stretch with the fabric, it will allow sweat to wick through the design, and the image surface will not crack or fade over time or with repeated washing.
Full-body sublimation involves sublimating panels of fabric before they are sewn together, which allows you to maximize your design space and incorporate every square inch of jersey in your design. This requires a significant amount of design attention, since the art must be:
- Situated on a jersey template
- Set up with each player number and name on the correct size
- Test pressed to ensure the colours printed match your expectations
- Printed onto large sheets of specialized paper, and then sublimated into the jersey material