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Important sublimation printing facts

What to expect and how to make most of it

All-over printing is a useful method to create striking and creative shirts. It's created by infusing a layer ink directly onto the fabric, therefore covering a bigger surface space than DTG printers. There are several nuances to take into consideration when using sublimation, so be sure to get to know what to expect and how to get best results.

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Placement

Our dye sublimation printing for T-shirt and Tanks tops is not a cut & sew process, meaning we cannot guarantee accurate placement for graphics on our sublimation t-shirt and tank top.

Due to the variation in sleeve shapes, we cannot guarantee exact placement on sleeves; for example, we cannot do jersey style striping on the sleeves.

We cannot guarantee placement directly underneath the collar of a shirt; for instance, creating a graphic that has pearls wrapping around the collar is not doable because of the variation in placement.

If our guides are not used to create the files, we are not liable for bad placement, blurry images, or white areas (if the graphic is not large enough format).

White streaks

White streaks will appear on all t-shirts around the seams, especially around the shoulders, under the armpits, and around the collar of the shirt. Therefore, we advise using a lighter color shade in your sublimation print files to minimize the streak visibility.

No wrap

Graphics that wrap from front to back are not do-able. For instance, we wouldn’t be able to accurately print your shirt if you wanted a dragon graphic that wraps around the torso to line up front-to-back.

Make the most of sublimation:
- patterns,
- light colors,
- use guide for accurate placement,
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Examples

Here are some photo examples of what you might expect when you have a solid black graphic. It's important to note that these issues may vary in severity and are never consistent through all graphics. We will handle complaints about the following on a case by case basis, but please understand that re-shipments will not always be issued for the following.

White streaking along the shoulder seams/ sides of the tees/tanks

White streaking along the shoulders near the seems

Expect to have some mild ghosting from time to time if you have a solid color shirt and a small, lighter pattern overlayed. This is as a result of some shrinking that occurs during the sublimation process, resulting in this drop shadow effect.

Expect to have lots of white streaks under the armpits of the shirts. The severity may vary as you can see by the two graphics provided here.

What to do?

There is no way to avoid these issues, but there is a way to minimize the visibility of them. We advise sticking to light shirts and patterns. You should also avoid printing important graphics near the edges or sleeve areas. The graphic below is a perfect example of a graphic that works well with sublimation printing.

Although there are still white streaks in the armpit areas, they are significantly less noticeable when the garments are lighter and the pattern is smaller.

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