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.

Uploading to SnoWhite


  3. Select UPLOAD PDF and find your PDF. If you have multiple files that are going on the same paper type you can combine your PDFs using Adobe Acrobat or Preview on Mac, see this guide.
  4. Select the TYPE.
  5. Select the MEDIA.
  6. Adjust the COPIES. By default it will be 1.
  7. If you have more info to provide then you can ADD COMMENT.
  8. Finally, SUBMIT JOB.
  9. Check your Snowhite MY PRINTS for up to date comments and details about the status of your prints; also make sure to keep check your emails in case we need to contact you regarding your prints.
  10. You must check MY PAYMENTS for payment references associated with your jobs, in order to pay for them before they are produced.

Paying for SnoWhite Jobs

First you must upload your job(s). Then you must wait for the technicians 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 PAYMENTS.

  3. Click VIEW REF on the relevant payment reference.
  4. At the top of the payment details are the payment instructions. You must provide the exact listed information (USERNAME, PAYMENT ID, TOTAL COST) and follow the link at CLICK HERE TO PAY to go through to the Online Store where you can then pay.

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.


Our ink and paper

Dyesub paper

Links for supplies

Sublimation Blanks & Consumables
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