We print all our own designs onto garments on-demand, using a printing process called dye sublimation, in which the image is dyed directly onto the garment.
For custom designs we print either with sublimation or with vinyl. Vinyl is great for simple designs in 1or 2 colours It's used a lot for names and numbers on sportswear.
Sublimation printing gives athletes a comfortable advantage, allowing fabric to stay breathable, maintaining moisture-wicking properties; unlike other printing methods (such as transfers and screen printing) that block heat and moisture where the print is, creating uncomfortable, itchy areas against the skin.
Why sublimation printing?
There are a number of reasons we use sublimation printing for our sportswear: Full colour, high definition prints No feel of print against the skin Print does not affect the the technical qualities of fabric Lasting finish that won’t crack or peel off Colours that won’t fade after washing
What do sublimation prints look like?
Sublimation printing produces full colour, high definition prints that really stand out. We love to print on white garments as the colours in the prints will be the most vivid and accurate.
In response to customer demand, we now print on other coloured garments, which can create a slightly muted, retro feel (please see images below). This look is created during the dying process, as the original colour of the fabric can affect the colour of the print - in the same way that using coloured inks on coloured paper will affect the colour produced. Therefore lighter coloured fabrics work best for sublimation printing. It’s also important to note that sublimation printers do not print in white ink, so any areas of white on a design will become the colour of the garment. Please see the examples below.
If you want more information on sublimation printing, the other printing options we offer, or questions about printing on coloured garments, we would love to hear from you.