Sublimation is unique sublimation dyes that are transferred to sheets of “transfer” paper via liquid gel ink through a  print head. The ink is deposited on these high-release inkjet papers, which are used for the next step of the sublimation printing process. After the digital design is printed onto sublimation transfer sheets, it is placed on a heat press along with the substrate to be sublimated.

In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate. A range of 385 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit is normally recommended for best color.

The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. The dyes are infused into the substrate, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen prints and direct to garment(DTG) printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.