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Everything you Need to Know About Sublimation Printing


What is Sublimation printing?

Sublimation is the process of printing a special ink onto special transfer paper. Instead of traditional screen printing, sublimation ink actually becomes a part of the garment/ item that you’re printing on. Once the ink from sublimation transfer paper is heated it skips becoming a liquid and turns into a gas. Once heat and pressure is applied onto a garment/item, the pores of the fabric open, and the super heated ink gas enters those pores. Once you press the paper onto your item and release pressure, the heat will cool and the ink will turn back into solid form. The result? The pores will close permanently and encapsulate the ink within the polymer of your item. So the ink turns from a solid to a gas and them back into a solid—and becomes truly a part of the garment.

Benefits of Sublimation Printing

This process works wonders in our eyes because it ensures that the image you transfer onto your item won’t fade over time. The finish is also smooth, soft, and stylish because it literally becomes one with the shirt. This is perfect if you want to keep the soft feel of the original garment. Another reason  this process is great and can be cost efficient is the fact that it allows you to print full color designs  onto your shirts and uniforms with nearly unlimited decoration and color options - including smooth gradients, photo-realistic images and more - instead of setting up tons of screens for traditional screen printing, which is totally cost prohibitive.

Sublimation-Friendly Garments

When doing a sublimation print, only the polyester yarns in a garment will hold the ink.  We are unable to print on cotton garments using this method.  Sublimation inks show best on a purely white base, so most often a plain white polyester garment is used for sublimation but can take color all around!  Shirts aren't the only things that can be sublimated - we also offer



Legging-style pants


and anything else that comes 100% polyester!

Tricon Ink has been providing quality screen printing , embroidery , silk screening ,  and sublimation services with pride for decades. Helping clients design custom t shirts custom blankets , athletic uniforms and more.  Whatever your t shirt design needs are we can help! We service all of Lexington, Waltham, Concord, Carlisle,  Watertown, Boston, Lowell, Billerica, Tewksbury, Belmont, Newton, Wellesley, Needham, Cambridge and more areas across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and greater New England.  We handle leagues in Burlington, Bedford, Arlington as well!

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