Sublimation is a stamping technique that transfers the ink from a special paper to a medium, either rigid or textile, through the application of heat. This final image is impregnated on the material.
It can also be performed with the screen-printing technique with sublimation inks.
The main feature is that one can mark on the material with no need to previously prepare a template, or what in screen printing we call silicon film, or in printing, cliché.
Textile application is always on polyester, or with a high polyester content in the fabric's composition. The preparation process is very much like transfer, but in this case, the mark's result is impregnated in the material and is not noticeable to the touch. In the event that other materials are used, such as ceramic, the result to the touch is the same: the print is unnoticeable.
The technology used is simpler. This is why the cost for this process is lower. It can also be carried out with the screen printing technique, using sublimation dyes.