Important sublimation printing facts
What to expect and how to make most of it
Pay attention to
Type of shirt
Printful offers two types of t-shirts and tanks that are printed with the dye sublimation technique – cut &
sew shirts, and sublimation shirts. For the
cut & sew shirts a design is
all-over printed on the fabric, and then the fabric is cut and hand-sewn by our in-house expert teams.
Sublimation shirts, however, are
ready-made shirts that have the designs printed directly on them.
Due to the specifics of the printing process we cannot guarantee accurate placement for
graphics on the cut & sew or sublimation t-shirts and tank tops.
Because of the variation in sleeve shapes, we cannot guarantee exact placement on sleeves;
for example, we cannot do jersey style striping on the sleeves.
We cannot guarantee placement directly underneath the collar of a shirt; for instance,
graphic that has pearls wrapping around the collar is not doable because of the variation in placement.
If you don't use our guide to create print files, we are not liable for bad placement, blurry images, or
white areas (if the graphic is not large enough).
Graphics that wrap from front to back can't be done. For instance, we wouldn’t be able to
accurately print your shirt if you wanted a dragon graphic that wraps around the torso to line up
White streaks will appear only on sublimation shirts around the seams, especially around
under the armpits, and around the collar of the shirt. Therefore, we advise using a lighter color shade in
your sublimation print files to minimize the streak visibility, or order cut & sew shirts that are
Make the most of sublimation:
- light colors,
- use guide for accurate placement,
Sublimation t-shirt examples
Here are some photo examples of what you might expect when you have a solid black graphic
printed on a sublimation tee. It's important to note that these issues may vary in severity and
are never consistent through all graphics. We will handle complaints about the following on a
case by case basis, but please understand that re-shipments will not always be issued for the
White streaking along the shoulder seams/sides of the sublimation tees/tanks
White streaking along the shoulders near the seams of the sublimation tees
Expect to have some mild ghosting from time to time if you have a solid color shirt and
a small, lighter pattern overlayed. This is as a result of some shrinking that occurs
during the sublimation process, resulting in this drop shadow effect.
Expect to have lots of white streaks under the armpits of the sublimation shirts. The
severity may vary as you can see by the two graphics provided here.