What is sublimation printing and why is it better?

Sublimation, or dye-sublimation, is the process of applying a particular type of dye to a substrate, in our case, sports jerseys. Whereas traditional screen printing and heat transfer essentially apply dyes on top of the jersey fabric, giving it a different texture than the rest of the garment, sublimation printing embeds dye into the fabric, giving it a sharper, cleaner look that lasts longer.

Sublimated uniforms provide:

Greater durability with images that won’t crack or peel
More comfort, since the fabric stays soft and numbers, text, and designs won’t have a thick, plasticky texture
Longevity, since the sublimated ink is embedded in the fabric, your vibrant, intricate designs won’t fade over time

How does sublimation printing work?

Unlike typical dyes, sublimated ink can be converted from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid phase. The sublimation process requires:

Sublimation inks
A printer
A heat press
Heat tape
Special transfer paper
Design software

We print your design onto transfer paper using specialty sublimation inks. From there, the design is applied to the substrate with a heat press. The heat converts the dye into gas form and opens up the pores on the substrate fabric (t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies, etc.) and allows the gases to permeate the material. As the press cools down, the gas returns to solid form, embedding it directly into the fabric for a crisp, clean, and soft design. Since the dye is now part of the fabric rather than sitting on top of the fabric, it’s scratch, peel, and crack resistant.

Is sublimation printing what I need?

If you’re looking for customized sports uniforms that last longer, feel better to wear, and look nicer on your athletes, sublimation is the way to go.

We also make socks, compression shirts, and hoodies with the same sublimation technology, so athletes can represent their teams on and off the court.

Imperial Point makes customized, sublimated uniforms right here in the USA for the following teams:


Equip your players with uniforms that are as stylish and comfortable as they are durable and reliable by partnering with Imperial Point.

Design your own with our online custom uniform designer or get inspiration from our gallery.