-What is sublimation?
First, the design is printed onto special transfer paper using special dye-sub inks. These are water-based inks that have less of an environmental impact than harsher chemical inks. After that, the transfer is lined up with the fabric which must be mostly polyester, and a combination of heat and pressure are applied.
The inks then penetrate into the fibers of the material and are permanently bonded to the fibers. The end result is a high-definition print with an extremely intricate level of detail.
-How is sublimation different from screen prints?
Sublimation printing creates designs that are long lasting and durable. As a result, the end product is a beautifully printed item that won’t ever crack or peel.
Screen printing relies on the use of high heat and heavy pressure to make the design adhere to the material. This additional layer can be physically felt. Using screen printed transfers gives you versatility, because you can apply them to a variety of fabrics in a matter of seconds.