Custom Soccer Jerseys From ORKY Use Heat Transfer or Sublimation?

Default sublimation. And both can be applied.
Here I want to give a quick overview of what these two printing methods are.

Heat Transfer Printing

Heat transfer printing is a two-step method.
In the first step, the design is printed on clear transfer paper, then in the second step, you use a heat press to transfer the design printed on the transfer paper to adhesive paper.
Finally, you peel off the adhesive paper from the transfer paper and then use the heat press to press the design onto a substrate, such as a garment. After pressing the garment, you then peel off the actual paper and you have a design that is transferred onto the garment.

Heat Sublimation

Heat sublimation printing involves a similar process where you print a design on regular copy paper or special heat sublimation paper and then use heat through a heat press to transfer the printed design to a substrate, such as a garment.
The key point is how heat sublimation works and the science behind it. In the heat sublimation process, when the actual printed design is heated through the heat press, the toner itself on the transfer paper actually changes from a solid state to a gaseous state and then it embeds itself into the fabric and when it cools it actually goes back to the mounted state and then becomes a permanent part of the fabric, which means that unlike heat transfer, heat sublimation actually does not add an extra layer of paper on top of the fabric and you don't feel the difference between the printed image and the rest of the fabric.

The difference


As I mentioned briefly before, sublimation doesn't add an extra layer to your fabric, thermal printing leaves a thin layer on the fabric and you feel a lot different.


Heat transfers can last 30-40 washes, depending on the size of the image and how you wash it. Heat sublimated images are more durable and can withstand more washes because the ink or toner is actually injected inside the fabric and becomes part of the uniform. In fact, most heat sublimation will last as long as the actual fabric itself because you are not leaving an additional layer of transfer on the fabric. You won't see any cracking after washing, and the sublimated image is much less likely to fade.

Color Quality

Heat sublimation technology allows you to print in full color, which is very useful when you are trying to print a photo or do a special job for a client that requires a very specific color, such as a company logo.