Dye Sublimation

Advanced Sportswear is your go-to for dye sublimation services in Minnesota. We offer high-quality printing on a variety of garments, including t-shirts, hats, and promotional items. Whether you're looking for a small batch or a large order, we can help you get the job done right. Contact us today to get started!

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There are two main types of dye sublimation:

Direct to garment dye sublimation

This is the most common type of dye sublimation. It involves printing directly onto the garment using a dye sublimation printer. The printer uses heat and pressure to transfer the dye from the paper to the garment.

Transfer paper dye sublimation

This type of dye sublimation involves printing onto transfer paper using a dye sublimation printer. The transfer paper is then applied to the garment using heat and pressure. The dye is transferred from the transfer paper to the garment.

Let's compare the two methods:

Characteristic Direct to garment dye sublimation Transfer paper dye sublimation
Process Prints directly onto the garment Prints onto transfer paper, which is then applied to the garment
Quality Produces higher quality images Produces lower quality images
Cost More expensive Less expensive
Versatility Can be used on a wider variety of garments Can only be used on garments that are compatible with transfer paper

Most Popular Products For Sublimation


Dye sublimation can be used to print custom designs on t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and other apparel. The images are vibrant and durable, and they will not fade or crack over time.

Signs & Banners

Dye sublimation can be used to print large format images on signs and banners. The images are high quality and weather resistant, making them ideal for outdoor use.

Custom Gifts

Dye sublimation can be used to print custom designs on mugs, mousepads, and other gifts. The images are vibrant and long lasting, making them a great way to show someone you care.

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"Stopped by to pick up an order while running errands, not realizing it was past closing time. The owner caught us in the parking lot and offered to grab our order even though I'm sure he was just trying to get home on a Friday. Wonderful people, top notch customer service, and great selection!!! We've always been pleased with our purchases from Advanced Sportswear over the years, whether it was for sports fan gear or vacation shirts...great quality and friendly service!"
– Crystal R.


"Our hockey team ordered shirts and hats for the team. Staff were very friendly and provided different options available to meet our needs. Order was placed and we had a great turnaround time. Thank you for the exceptional customer service."
– Amy W.

FAQ's About Our Dye Sublimation Services

Sublimation works best on fabrics with a high polyester content. The process doesn't work well on natural fibers like cotton, but it produces excellent results on polyester blends.

Apparel items that can be sublimated include t-shirts, jerseys, activewear, hoodies, and more. However, the product must have a high polyester content for the sublimation process to work effectively.

Yes, sublimation prints are quite durable and long-lasting. The ink becomes a part of the fabric, ensuring that the design doesn't fade or crack over time.

Absolutely, you can provide your own high-resolution design or artwork, and we'll help you optimize it for sublimation printing.

Sublimation allows for full-color, all-over designs with intricate details that might be challenging to achieve with screen printing. It also has a soft hand feel, as the ink becomes part of the fabric.

Yes, we can provide you with a digital mockup of the sublimation design on the chosen apparel item before proceeding with printing. This helps you visualize the final product and customer approval of the final product is required. 

Sublimation can reproduce a wide range of colors and gradients accurately. However, very light colors on dark fabrics might appear slightly muted due to the nature of the process.

Yes, sublimation is well-suited for both small and larger quantities. We can accommodate your needs, whether it's a single piece or a batch of items.

Turnaround time varies based on the complexity of the design, the quantity ordered, and the time of the year. Some of our vendors offer 5 (business) day production times while others range from 3 to 4 weeks.  

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