Sublimation is a method of printing that transfers ink on to material through heat and light pressure, permanently dying the design into the fabric. Spot sublimation is the same technical process as full sublimation.
Full Sub vs. Spot Sub
Full sublimation involves pressing full panels of white fabric before they are sewn together, allowing you to maximize your design space.
In spot sublimation, the artwork is applied to a white jersey that is already sewn together. You still get all the benefits of sublimation - unlimited colours, gradients, digital effects, and fonts - but the area sublimated is smaller.
Why can you only spot sublimate on white jerseys?
White jerseys allow for a full range of colours to be visible when the ink is transferred in to the fabric. Other fabric colours are affected by the heat press, leaving an obvious shiny mark where they have been pressed.
If you're looking for more jersey colours, check out Simple Sublimation.
Maximum Print Area
Spot sublimation is priced based on the number of "hits" per garment – how many times we use a heat press to apply artwork – and the size of each print. You can include multiple logos, numbers and names within the same "hit" area.
We can press a maximum of 3 hits of spot sublimation on any garment (more hits = higher risk of error), which includes names/numbers.
Why is there a maximum of 3 spot sub hits per garment?
Spot sublimation requires a lot of skill, time, and risk – the odds of a misprint happening are much higher than with screen printing. We limit the number of hits in order to limit our risk of ruining a garment.
|Dimension||Men's Jersey||Women's Jersey||Raglan Jersey||Sleeve|
4" (short) / 12" (long)
Spot Sublimation Pricing
Start with the base price of the product and add the spot sublimation cost. If you have a VC Card, or qualify for a partnership/sponsorship discount or special offer, your discount applies to the base product price only.
|Quantity||Logo Type||Standard (up to 15" x 17")|
Logo/design, # and/or Name (fit within same hit area)
|Any Quantity||Name (max 2" tall) or Number (max 8" tall) only||$6/unit|
|Any Quantity||Sleeve - max 4" wide||$5/unit|
Questions? We're here to help! Contact us for more information or a no-obligation estimate.
VC staff thoroughly reviews all orders, but each sublimated garment is unique and handmade. Some inconsistencies may occur from print to print including: small colour discrepancies, dust spots, and "ghosting" or colour shadowing. These are part of the sublimation process and cannot be prevented. If you believe there is a problem with one of our products beyond these issues, please contact us.
We do not spot sublimated on gear that is not purchased from VC. In the rare situation that we make an exception, there will be a 50% surcharge on the customization cost.