In the market of personalized art and home decor, sublimation printing is a standout choice for creating durable, vibrant designs. Sensaria uses this technique to offer customers a wide range of personalized products. But what exactly is sublimation printing, and why is it so effective for custom creations?

What is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing is a digital printing method that uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as fabric, metal, and ceramic. Unlike other printing methods, sublimation ink turns into a gas when heated and then binds with the material’s fibers. This process results in prints that are long-lasting and vibrant.
sublimation printer head

Why Choose Sublimation?

When you choose sublimation for your designs, you’re opting for a quality that lasts. Here’s why it stands out:

  • Durability: Unlike traditional printing methods where the design might crack or fade, sublimation ensures that your creation lasts longer.
  • Quality: The level of detail and vibrancy of colors achieved with sublimation printing is higher quality. Your designs will come to life just as you envisioned.
  • Flexibility: Sublimation works on a variety of materials, giving you the freedom to customize a wide range of products.
worker rolls out transfer paper for sublimation

How Sublimation Printing Works?

Here’s a quick overview of the sublimation printing process:

  • Design Creation: Everything starts with uploading your idea to transform it into a digital design.
  • Transfer to Paper: This design is then printed onto special transfer paper using sublimation inks.
  • Heat Press: The design on the paper is transferred onto your chosen product using heat. The high temperature turns the ink into gas, which then becomes part of the material.
  • Final Product: What you get is an incredibly vibrant, sharp image that’s as durable as the material itself.

Sensaria’s Approach to Personalization

At Sensaria, we believe that personalization is key to expressing who you are. Whether they’re sublimation prints that capture a cherished memory or a piece of sublimation art that shows off your customer’s style, we’re here to make it happen. Our process is designed to be as straightforward and enjoyable as possible, ensuring that your vision comes to life exactly as you imagined.

  • Choose Your Product: We’re proud to offer custom pillows, blankets, and metal prints perfect for adding a personal touch to spaces. Each serves as a unique canvas for a wide variety of designs.
  • Import Your Idea and Let Us Handle the Rest: Upload your design. With your design in hand, we take care of the branding and shipping, ensuring that the final product exceeds your expectations!
worker assembles a printed pillow

Preparing Your Design for Sublimation Printing

To ensure your custom designs for pillows and blankets come out perfectly, it’s important to prepare your files correctly for sublimation printing. Following these guidelines will help guarantee that your items look exactly as you’ve envisioned.

  • Resolution: Start with high-resolution images. Aim for 300 dpi (dots per inch) for the sharpest print quality. However, a minimum of 150 dpi is also acceptable, especially for larger items like blankets.
  • Color Space: Use the Adobe RGB color space when saving your files. This color space offers a wide range of colors, ensuring your printed items reflect the vibrant hues you see on your screen.
  • Image Size: Your images should be sized at 100% of the final product dimensions. This means if you’re designing for a pillow that’s 18×18 inches, your image should also be 18×18 inches at the resolution you’ve chosen, plus any bleed areas.

Specific Requirements

  • Pillows: Include a 0.25″ bleed around your design. This extra margin is essential for sewing and ensures that your design fully covers the pillow without any white edges showing.
  • Blankets: Custom picture blankets require a larger bleed of 1.25″. This extra space around the edge of your design compensates for the material taken up in the sewing process, ensuring the design extends to the edges of the blanket.
  • Metal Prints: For premium and economy gloss metal prints, do not include a bleed in your design. Matte metal prints should have a 0.06667 inch bleed in the print file. This ensures your artwork is perfectly aligned and displayed without any cropping or framing issues.
Preparing files for printing can get technical, especially if you’re new to design software or color spaces. If you have any questions or need assistance, our Integrations team is here to help. They can guide you through preparing your print-ready files to ensure your custom products turn out just as you’ve imagined.

Making Your Mark with Sublimation

We are committed to providing you with high-quality sublimation products that allow you to create eye-catching designs that customers will love. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities of sublimation printing with Sensaria, contact us today to start creating. With our expertise and your vision, we can create something extraordinary.