What Can Dye Sublimation Print On? 7 Fabric Applications

What Can Dye Sublimation Print On? 7 Fabric Applications

Dye sublimation is the best digital printing method for nylon and polyester fabrics. It provides vibrant colors that are machine washable – even in hot water. Plus, the process is eco-friendly.

Dye sublimation is a waterless printing process in which a design is printed on special transfer paper with dye sublimation inks. A heat press then infuses the design into the garment, making it stretchable and less likely to chip, fade or peel off.

If you are new to the sublimation printing process, you might not know about the versatility of dye sublimated garments. Today we’ll review how we can use dye sublimation on seven different fabric applications.

  • Performance apparel
  • Uniforms
  • Swimwear
  • Healthcare garments
  • Banners and signage
  • Photography backdrops
  • Custom tablecloths

Read Dye Sublimation vs. Screen Printing: What’s the Difference?

Performance Apparel

Dye sublimation is a top choice for sportswear, like yoga, running or cycling apparel.

The possibilities are endless with dye sublimation for high-quality colors, prints, patterns, logos or other imagery. Most importantly, you can launder these garments in hot water without worrying about the designs and colors fading, cracking or washing out.

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Cycling performance apparel


Opt for dye sublimation if you want the best results for your high school sports, club leagues or professional sports team uniforms. You can customize teamwear to match any color and include names, numbers and even team sponsor logos. 


Dye sublimation is ideal for swimwear because the ink is bonded to the fabric, enabling it to stretch as you move. In addition, dye sublimated swimwear won’t fade in the sun or risk damage from chlorine or saltwater pools. 

Healthcare Garments

Disease protection has been in high demand since the COVID-19 pandemic. Provide your hospital or clinical setting with matching masks and cap sets from our selection. You can even customize them with your colors and logos.

It’s also easy to sanitize protective gear made with polyester and dye sublimation inks. You can wash these items in hot water without sacrificing quality, elasticity or color penetration.

Equipe Athletics masks

Banners and Signage

You can use dye sublimation inks on banners and signage for indoors or outdoors — perfect for restaurants, retail spaces or sporting events. Your signage will withstand the elements and won’t fade or peel over time.

The image’s seamless, almost-photographic quality is excellent, even when viewed up close. In addition, the graphics can also be color-matched to existing branding.​​

Photography Backdrops

Do you own a photography studio or business? Dye sublimation printing on fabric is optimal for photo studios or photo backdrops. It offers bright colors while reflecting less light, ideal for events using spotlights or flash photography.

Custom Tablecloths

If you want to make a big splash at a special event, why not print custom tablecloths for the occasion? Whether for holidays or branded corporate events, dye sublimated tablecloths could add just the right amount of pizzazz to your decor while enhancing branding efforts.

Choose Equipe Athletics For Your Custom Dye Sub Needs

There are many applications for dye sublimation on fabrics, from sports uniforms to company branding and advertising. Our one-stop shop can accommodate all your high-quality manufacturing, printing and shipping needs. 

We specialize in custom orders of high-performance apparel with a fast turnaround time. With our low minimum orders, it’s never been easier to create the perfect garments and textiles for your needs.

Request a quote today and get your design as a sample swatch.