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DYE Sublimation Shirt Printing

If you’ve seen a dye sublimation shirt, you are sure to remember it. New to the marketplace, Dye Sublimation shirts are taking the apparel industry by storm. Consumers are becoming aware that there is an alternative to screen-printing, and the difference is apples versus oranges.

Dye Sublimation shirts use a unique process to transfer any image onto a shirt with no minimum quantity and no limitation to colors or for that matter, creativity. The rave over dye-sublimation is the color, the quality, and the longevity of t-shirts graphics that screen-printing cannot match. Dye sublimation graphics won’t crack, won’t fade and won’t let you down. Using our transfer method, a customer can simply send over a high-resolution graphic which can be imprinted literally within minutes and heat pressed onto a shirt.

Cut and Sew Dye Sublimation for Fashion and Performance Wear

What is cut and sew? Making a dye sublimation pattern on your favorite textile is the first step in creating a custom cut and sew project. We can take your pattern, then print it onto the transfer paper and then onto any dye sublimation compatible fabric which your talented seamstress can sew into a final piece.  

We often forget how some of our clothing is made, and this process brings you into a unique space of creative apparel with a quality rank among the top tier providers in the world. The big difference is that you can do it for yourself. This process is for the textile manufacturer or the creative rogue designer looking to make a statement.

Is there a minimum to dye sublimation shirts?

People looking for dye sublimation also come to Chile Media for this print process to achieve graphics that are not possible in traditional methods of producing t-shirts. For example, a photo can never be translated into screen-printing or maybe only via a heat transfer of vinyl which becomes sticky and will often fade and crack leaving the shelf life of the shirt short-lived.

What types of files are accepted for Dye Sublimation T-Shirts?

We can accept any file for dye sublimation t-shirts as long as the graphic is of high resolution. Traditional screen printing requires a vector, color-separated artwork, but dye sublimation does not operate on color separation rather the quality of an image. A low-resolution image may not work because when scaled, it will pixelate. Vector images will work great because they can be scaled without losing clarity.

To produce your dye sublimation t-shirt, we can take a JPEG, EPS, TIFF, PDF, PNG, and even a GIF as long as the resolution is high enough. A typical rule of thumb is the make sure the full-scale image covers the surface area of the shirt. A standard full-coverage shirt measures anywhere between 30×40 inches wide. Doing creative graphics is subject to file set up and just because you can produce a full coverage graphic for a t-shirt does not mean you have to. Great design can go a long way when creating graphics for dye sublimation shirts, and the possibilities are endless. Chile Media can design and produce anything you can imagine for an impactful shirt design.

Why Dye Sublimation T-Shirts versus silk-screen T-Shirts?

The answer is somewhat biased, but Dye sublimation shirts are superior to regular screen-printed or silkscreen shirts in the sense that the colors are more vibrant, and that the graphic will not fade or crack.

Even though the graphic is full coverage, the print cannot be felt. Those of you who have had a shirt with a silkscreen or vinyl printed graphic on it know what we are talking about. The shirt gets stuffy, heats up in the sun, makes you sweat in the area beneath the graphic and lastly, it feels a little heavy.

From White to


Using dye-sublimation technology and having a large heat press enables you to unleash the creativity when it comes to producing a high-quality shirt. If a customer wants a pink shirt, we simply print the pink onto the shirt and Voila!, a full-color dye-sublimated shirt is the result.

Full coverage T-Shirts

You might have seen a shirt that was a full-color dye-sublimated shirt and did not know it. The result eludes to the assumption that the shirt was produced in a mill and then sewn together right? Maybe not, Chile Media employs the proper equipment with the capacity to deliver full coverage t-shirts.  Having a transfer paper large enough to cover a shirt and a heat press large enough to sublimate the ink are two of the essential items needed to pull off this apparel work of art. The results are mind-blowing and leave people wondering…”How did they do that?”

Types of Dye Sublimation Apparel

If you are looking for variety in your what can be produced with dye sublimation, you will not be disappointed. Our customers often ask for Dye Sublimation Shirts, Dye Sublimation Team Jerseys for basketball, soccer, football, track uniforms, and any type of athletic apparel. Athletic uses and custom shirts tend to be the most popular amongst requests. The reality is that you can produce any type of customized shirt, shorts, or socks using dye sublimation. In short, it is the future of creative expression in apparel and balances itself in the marketplace against screen-printing and up to high fashion.

Dye Sublimation makes a statement and is being used more and more for creative applications and apparel. Check out our dye sublimation gallery of products below and see some of the creative possibilities Chile Media has to offer. To learn more about dye sublimated products, please feel free to call our office anytime or fill out one of our form fields. One of our Chile team members would be happy to talk to you about the print possibilities of dye sublimation.

What is the mimium amout of dye sublimated shirts I can order?

The minimum order is 1. But you are going to be so impressed with the quality that you are going to want more.

What is the best tshirt material to use for dye sublimation?

Polyester generally holds dye better than blended fabrics such as cotton/poly in both processing time and image transfer rates. Polyester will give you excellent lasting color that maintains brightness even after repeated laundering, while blended fabrics such as cotton/poly will slowly fade away over time. If you want something cheaper, a blend of lighter fibers like polyester with heavier fibers like wool won’t have much difference in efficiency from 100% wool products but are usually easier to find because they are less expensive to produce since they use shorter length fibers.

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Contact us or call us today at 210-616-0163 for a custom quote or send us your information and someone from our Chile Media team will contact you.

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