Typotech welcomes you to a World of Sublimation

Dye sublimation is one of the most effective methods for creating a wide range of customized and personalized products on demand. Your sublimation system will make it easy and cost-effective to provide more products than ever before for your existing clients and while bringing in new customers by reaching new markets. Using off-the-shelf graphics software, Sawgrass sublimation inks, popular desktop inkjet printers from Epson and Ricoh, and a standard heat press, business owners can quickly produce high-margin, full-color photographic images that will not crack, peel or wash away.

To help you get your equipment up and running smoothly so you can start making money as quickly as possible, we have put together the Dye Sublimation Handbook. In the pages that follow you will be introduced to the elements of sublimation production including step-by-step instructions for the most common applications.

Introduction to Sublimation Printing Technology


Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology that enables the reproduction of colorful images on common everyday items. Prior to digital printing, reproducing images on these items required a complex and labor-intensive processes, such as screen-printing. Many printing technologies are not cost-effective when small quantities are involved, due to the time preparing the artwork and the equipment for the production process.

Digital dye-sublimation printing is quick and inexpensive in the setup and production, making it an ideal choice for creating personalized, one-of-a-kind items or for mass producing a variety of custom products. It delivers beautiful and permanent colors that are embedded in the substrate or fabric, rather than printed on the surface. Images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washings. Images on hard substrates will not chip, peel or scratch.

The dye sublimation process is simple. You create an image on your computer using standard graphics software, print it onto special transfer paper using Sawgrass sublimation inks, then using a heat press, the image is pressed onto the surface at 400 degrees Fahrenheit 200 degrees Celsius, which then causes the inks to sublimate from the paper to the polyester fibres or polymer coating on the substrate. After a short period, the heat is removed and the transfer paper is peeled away, leaving behind a permanent, full color image.