All-Over Merch Prints [aka Sublimation] Facts

What is Sublimation?
The method for "all-over printing" is called dye sublimation. In this process, the inks are gassed onto the garment using heat presses. When the ink is gassed, it covers the entire surface of the garment. Even low-resolution files or files that were resampled and thrown into a 150 dpi template don’t seem nearly as low quality in this print as they do on the screen.

For this reason, having a 300 dpi file won't have a noticeable impact on the quality of sublimation products.

Placement of Graphics

Due to our sublimation process, graphics may shift up to 2 inches when printed. Because of this, we do not recommend designs that require precise placement on all-over-printed apparel. Also, white streaks/creasing cannot be avoided with our sublimation process. These marks are most common under the arms of the garments and near stitching (sides, collars, shoulders, etc).

Why is all-over printing more expensive?

The process for creating all-over products without leaving white streaks requires the fabric to be printed on a flat sheet. Then we take that sheet and have to cut out the patterns to make the actual garment, and after cutting it out we have to stitch it all together to make the final product. It is an extremely labor intensive process and requires a significantly larger amount of ink to cover the entire surface of the product. Due to the labor costs and high amount of ink required, we have to charge prices that are higher than a standard size product.

Have more questions? Submit a request


Article is closed for comments.