A jersey is just a blank canvas where you get to paint your team identity. Some teams go all-in for the full sublimation. Others like the simple, classic look of a screen printed logo.
Whatever you're into, we're here to help! We offer free artwork assistance because we think all ultimate teams should get to have their dream jersey without breaking the bank. Here are the customization options you have to imbue your gear with your team’s unique culture.
Sublimation is by far the coolest customization option. Full sublimation allows you to customize every inch of your ultimate jersey. You aren’t limited by the number of colors, locations, or complexity of your design.
Vocab alert! The word "sublimation" is actually a chemistry term for a solid turning to a gas without entering the liquid stage in between.
When we sublimate a jersey, we print your design onto a huge piece of paper, then apply quite a bit of heat and pressure. That combination sublimates the ink on the paper, while at the same time the fibers of your jersey to open up and absorb the gaseous ink. Pretty cool huh?
Full sublimation is the only way to customize an entire jersey. With full sub, the pieces of the item will be sublimated before they are cut out and assembled into a final product. That’s what allows your design to go right up to a seam.
Spot sub is like a littler version of full sub. You still get the benefit of unlimited colors, but the process of spot sublimation occurs after the jersey is assembled. Sublimating on a finished jersey constrains your design in a couple of ways:
You can only spot sub on white jerseys.
You pay for each location you customize.
Don't get us wrong: spot sub is still a beautiful way to customize a jersey or shorts (and a great middle ground to save time and money), but you lose a bit of the limitless flexibility of full sublimation.
Screen printing is a process of laying ink onto a jersey, and drying it in an oven. You pay for each color you place in each location, which means that simpler logos cost less to produce. This might sound like a recipe for a lame jersey, but you can actually use these constraints to your advantage.
Ever heard of the psychology of limitation? It’s the idea that when you’re presented with very limited options, you’re forced to be more creative in your problem solving.
Well, in the mystical world of ultimate apparel customization, screen printing creates the most constraints by far. However, captains who choose this option will be rewarded with cleaner, more professional looking gear, that’s less expensive, and quicker to produce!
Embroidery is a customization process that uses thread to decorate a piece of gear. Embroidery offers a super polished look that’s best used on more durable fabrics like hats, and outerwear.
We don’t recommend embroidering on our Electro Jerseys, Hydro Shorts, or Triton Shorts. But it does looke pretty fly for Odyssey Jackets, Duality Pants, and hats of all stripes!
If you're not sure what type of customization you need, or you just want to take advantage of our free art assistance, you can get help with us any time. Go ahead: