Our Dye Sublimation Printing Process

When it comes to textile manufacturing, we are one of the UK’s leading dye sublimation printing experts, and this method is sure to bring your product ranges to life!


The dye-sublimation printing process involves a computer rip, which is used to process the artwork or design in question before it is printed onto sublimation paper. Once the design is on the paper, it passes through a heat press along with polyester fabric, and this process transfers the design from the paper to the fabric.


Here at Paul Bristow Associates, during our textile manufacturing processes, we tend to use the dye-sublimation printing process for ‘all-over’ t-shirt designs on a poly-elastane fabric, printed leggings and printed face masks. But recent projects have led to us producing bandanas, snoods, sweatshirts and hoodies.


Dye-sublimation printing has many advantages like other digital printing methods, a high level of detail can be achieved, low set-up cost, unlimited colours. Dye-sublimation also has its disadvantages such as the speed of printing when compared to other methods of printing such as screen printing. But when combining the excellent wash results of dye-sublimation printing and recycled polyester that we use for our UK made, all-over printed products, the results are truly unique and exceptional.


This process has allowed us to produce 1000’s of all-over printed t-shirts for companies such as the National Gallery and Tate. These t-shirts’ unique selling point is the fact that a design can be printed all over the garment including sleeves with no limitation. As a leading textile manufacturing company, of course, we make the garments in-house too! The end result is then a product that is 100% made and printed here in the UK!


The minimum order quantity (MOQ) with dye-sublimation printing is 50 products per design and per colour. Although you can break the 50 products down into different sizes.


When you contact us with an image, our fully trained account managers will use their industry knowledge and experience to advise you which print method to use. Access exceptional print quality, with vibrant and high-resolution images, by coming to Paul Bristow for your dye sublimation printing.

The team

Meet the team.

  • Steve
    Dye-sublimation & DTG Supervisor

    Steve is a hard working and professional man, who has been working at Paul Bristow for several years now. He started in the screen print department, but it quickly became clear that he had the approach to work that was required to handle the detail and complexity of dye-sublimation printing. When you watch him load the press with fabric and printed paper, it looks very easy, until you try it your self and realise how difficult it is. It's fair to say Steve epitomises the work ethic and skill required to work in textile printing.

  • Steve handles all our dye-sublimation printing in a specific UK based production facility.
  • Jaco
    Design Studio Manager

    Jaco spent his early career in South Africa before moving to the UK. His portfolio of work is huge and his dedication to design is what keeps his work fresh, but its his understanding of screen print means his design look great when printed. Always ready to help, especially when something heavy is involved, and willing to have a laugh. He is great member of our team.

  • Jaco in screen print
  • Liam
    Print & Product Developer

    Liam showed an instant interest in the physical nature of what we do at Paul Bristow's. This is essential in the development of his role, as the knowledge of making textile products is what means he can advise and develop prints to the high standards required. It helps that he has a huge personal interest in the arts and creative design, that hugely compliments his work here. Liam also has a huge interest in the environment and wants to see a continued improvement in our sustainability work. His attitude and ideas are excellent and he is fast becoming a very important part of the team.

  • Liam in one of our digital print rooms

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