Dye Sublimation Printing Guide

What is Dye Sublimation?

Dye sublimation is the method of applying an image to specially coated products and polyester based materials, using a combination of sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

The application of print to material is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time.

The recommended Polyester content is 100% - you can use fabrics with less Polyester content however the print will appear paler and will be less colour fast when washed.

Heat Press

The print is applied to the polyester based fabrics using a Heat Press.
The largest Heat Press at WSA is located in Room 2045E.
Maximum dimensions are 140 cm x 80 cm.
This Heat Press will be available Monday - Friday 3.30pm - 4.00pm

Fashion Heat Press : 115 cm x 45 cm
PLEASE NOTE: induction is required before using this equipment.

Prepare your PDF file for upload to SnoWhite

  • Files can be complete images or supplied as a repeat.

Illustrator Seamless Patterns
Photoshop Seamless Repeat

  • Files can be any size - please specify dimensions in Snowhite message box. The price of print is for the full width of roll 1000mm. Please note maximum size of heat press.
  • The recommended colour space for this printer is sRGB.
  • If using Photoshop, you should ensure your file is FLAT.

The RGB Colour Book

The file below is printed onto sample fabrics in Creative Services it can be used to colour pick colour swatches in Photoshop and the RGB colour breakdown used to match in your digital artwork.

Remember the colour on screen is not necessarily the colour that will print on the fabric it is recommended that you do a 10 cm colour test strip prior to a full print. Click on the image to download.


Uploading to SnoWhite


  1. Login with your University username.
  2. Go to SUBMIT FILE and select CHOOSE FILE. You must upload a PDF. If you have multiple files that are going on the same media you can combine your PDFs using Acrobat or Preview; see this guide. Please ensure the PDF version is no higher than 1.4 (Acrobat 5.0).
  3. Select the TYPE and MEDIA. Selecting different types will filter the media drop-down.
  4. COPIES. By default it is set to 1, adjust if you need more.
  5. Media specific:
    1. LENGTH (Fabric only). Input the exact length of your artwork.
    2. MOUNTED (Paper only). To have your print mounted on foamboard, at extra cost.
    3. BLACK INK (CTF only). Choose between 'Matt Black' and 'Photo Black'
  6. ADD COMMENT. Add any relevant notes, or leave blank.
  7. Click SUBMIT JOB. Your file should start uploading.

Paying for SnoWhite Jobs

First you must upload your job(s). Then you must wait for an admin to create a payment reference for your job(s). You should receive a notification email to indicate this, or you can check your SnoWhite MY PRINTS for a pending payment reference.


  1. Login with your University username.
  2. Go to MY PRINTS.
  3. Under the heading 'Pending Payments' you should see any pending payment references.
  4. Click PAY HERE.
  5. You will be taken to the Online Store where you must input the cost, add it to your basket and proceed to the checkout to pay for the job(s).
  6. After you have paid, a SnoWhite admin will cross reference your payment against your reference on SnoWhite to ensure the correct amount has been paid and then set the reference to 'Paid' and any associated jobs will be moved to 'Processing'.

Collecting SnoWhite Jobs

When your jobs are complete they will have the 'Printed' status in SnoWhite. At the same time you should receive an email confirming this.

You will need to follow the link in your email, or any of the links in SnoWhite, to go to our bookings page where you can book a collection slot to come and pick up your work.

Please do not attempt to access the Creative Services Centre at any time without a valid booking at the correct time; we are open by appointment only.

Link to our Bookings page

Our ink and paper

Dyesub paper

Links for supplies

Sublimation Blanks & Consumables
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