Sublimation printing is a process that allows the transfer of a complete colour graphic or picture onto a definite object selected out of a huge range. The objects comprise of materials such as metal, glass, ceramics as well as unisub products. These supplies are then given a particular coating to allow them to turn out to be sublimation receptive. There are also a few certain synthetic fabrics that let photographs or designs to be in print onto them. These consist of T-shirts, jigsaw puzzles, mouse mats, metals, tiles, mugs, coasters, key rings and more, nevertheless there are several materials that cannot be printed on, these contain cotton fabric and garments for the reason that sublimation ink is always completed on polyester, polymer or polymer coated merchandise. Although it is not worthwhile to print on cotton it can in fact be done though the image would wash out in a few washes.

The process is described as easy as there are not a lot of steps that are taken to bring into being the high quality merchandise. First, the consumer designs the exact piece of artwork on their computer by means of any graphical design software they want. The printer is then filled up with sublimation ink which prints on to photograph quality sublimation transfer paper with 720dpi (dots per inch) providing the graphic a very high class appearance. Sublimation inks are on the whole a formulation of an assortment of coloured dyes pending in liquids that are able to surpass through a digital printer.

A heat press is then used to move the image from the picture quality sublimation transfer paper to the desired entity, which is later accepted as the finished creation. With the heat and pressure functional, the inks translate from a solid to a gas and go through into the substrates plane. This process used gives a lot more hard-wearing finish compared to a lot of other transport methods used in the business which merely applies to the selected image to the face of the required object.