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

Upload to SNOWHITE.

  1. LOGIN
  3. Select CHOOSE FILE 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, see this guide.
  4. Select the PAPER TYPE or SERVICE. All CSC services are located on the bottom half of the list.
  5. Change the number of copies for that pdf, if you need more than 1 copy.
  6. Add any relevant comments such as the desired colour profile or any exact dimensions, if a custom setting is selected.
  7. Now you can click SUBMIT JOB FOR PRINT.
  8. Check your Snowhite MY PRINTS for up to date comments and details about the status of your prints. Also make sure to keep an eye on your emails in case we need to contact you regarding your prints.

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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