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Sublimation Print

How to Make a Sublimation Print

If you are interested in making a sublimation print, you need to know the basics of how it is done. These basics include what materials are suitable, how to prepare the artwork, and what materials should be used. You can also find useful information about inks by reading our article about Dye-sublimation inks.

Heat press

There are several important considerations when choosing a heat press for sublimation print production. The size of the platen determines the maximum image size and the press should ensure equal heat across the entire surface. If the platen is too large or too small, the temperature can drop along the edges. The best heat press models assume a one-inch buffer zone on all four sides.

A heat press consists of two separate platens: the upper platen, which holds the substrate, and the lower platen, which supports it during the pressing process. A quality heat press will have reliable heating elements and provide accurate temperatures with only minor fluctuations. This will prevent cold spots, which will cause uneven color in the sublimated image. Purchasing a cheap heat press with cheaper elements may save money, but it will have less consistent output quality.

When using a heat press for sublimation printing, choose a material that can withstand 4000 degrees Fahrenheit. Plastic products cannot withstand this type of heat, but metal items can. For best results, use a high-quality heat-resistant material and a high-quality sublimation printer.

Another consideration is the type of transfer paper you are using. Some types of transfer paper may have a higher moisture content than others. If you are using a transfer paper that contains a high moisture content, you may need to place it 2"-3" below the heat platen for 20 to 40 seconds. This process will remove moisture from the transfer paper. This may cause the color to look washed out, but this is the intended effect of the color adjustment process.

Another important consideration is the substrate. Since the sublimation print process requires the ink to adhere to the fibers of the substrate, the design may not be fully visible. If the fabric is dark, it may obstruct the print. In contrast, heat transfer printing can be applied to a variety of colors and substrates.


Sublimation inks are dyes that transfer to a material when heated. The result is a print that looks like a mirror image. The paper used for this type of printing has a special coating that prevents the inks from fading or cracking. The printer then presses this paper onto the item to be printed.

Sublimation inks are best used on polyester-based textiles, such as T-shirts. However, they can also be used on other surfaces, such as glass or plastic. If you are planning to use sublimation inks to print on non-traditional materials, like cotton, you should ensure that the surface will be able to withstand high temperatures. You can ask an expert in digital textile printing for help matching the right ink set and printing platform.

The printers used for sublimation printing are incredibly versatile. They are designed for both home and commercial use. While these machines used to be expensive, their popularity has led to reduced prices. Today, a variety of brands, including Mimaki, Mutoh, and Durst, are available for under $1000. These printers can print on either sublimation or transfer paper. Depending on the item being printed, you can choose to print a wide range of colours.

The Epson Workforce WF-7710 is an entry-level model, but it features a high-quality printer. Its speed and capacity make it a worthwhile purchase. Its environmentally-friendly design allows you to print on various materials, including polyester clothing. It also uses less power than most sublimation printers.

Sublimation printing uses heat and pressure to embed the ink into the fabric. It makes the print appear much more vivid and lifelike than any other type of print. This process is also known as dye-sublimation printing.

Dye-sublimation inks

Dye-sublimation inks are a great choice for sublimation printing because they allow for seamless images. They are water-proof and resist smudging and other undesirable effects of the printing process. These inks are compatible with a variety of wide-format printers.

The market for dye-sublimation inks is primarily driven by the demand for textiles and clothing applications. These inks adhere to fabric through a process of sublimation at high temperatures. They are available in a variety of benefits, making them an ideal choice for the apparel industry. Let's take a closer look at the various factors influencing the market growth of this type of ink.

Dye-sublimation inks are heat-sensitive and create a bond with fabric fibers when heated to about 425 degrees. These inks work best with polyester fabrics. The dye-sublimation print process can produce images as large as 10'x10' without seaming. Even larger prints can be produced in tiles. These tiles can then be sewn together with a small "T-Shirt seam," which makes them unobtrusive.

Dye-sublimation printers are relatively inexpensive. Some of the leading brands sell machines for under $10,000. Additionally, the technology has become more mature, and specialized heat presses are available. A good quality machine will make a lasting print and benefit your business.

Sublimation inks should be stored properly. When in storage, they should be kept in air-tight bottles to prevent the growth of bacteria and other harmful microbes. Do not keep your inks in a humid or warm place because they will eventually separate.

Suitable materials

Sublimation printing can be done on a variety of different surfaces. Some of these materials are more suitable than others, and it's important to select the right one for your needs. Choosing the right fabric can help you achieve the highest quality transfer. Choosing polyester or a polymer coated blank is best, but you can experiment with other materials.

A sublimation printer uses ink that is already incorporated into the fabric. The result is a seamless print that doesn't feel like ink has been applied. Furthermore, the colors rarely fade and are resistant to UV radiation and other environmental influences. This makes it suitable for outdoor use. Another benefit of sublimation printing is that it doesn't seal the fabric, so it retains its breathability.

A dye sublimation printer works with polymeric fabrics, including polyester, nylon, and spandex. Polyester is the ideal material for dye-sublimation printing, as it absorbs ink better than cotton. Also, polyester is less expensive than cotton, so it's worth considering.

Cotton t-shirts are a popular subject for sublimation printing. However, cotton is not a polymer, and the sublimation ink cannot adhere to cotton. A good alternative is a white glitter vinyl that is heated in order to transfer designs onto cotton. Unlike cotton, rayon is not suited for heat-pressed sublimation printing.

Suitable materials for sublimation printing include fabric, ceramic, wood, and metal. In general, fabrics with a 50-50 polyester blend are best. However, fabrics made from 100% polyester are also good candidates. Avoid using dark materials and non-coated items.


When deciding what to print, cost is an important consideration. When using a sublimation printer, the cost of ink is calculated as a penny per square inch, and paper cost is divided by the number of items to be printed. If you're using a large-format printer, the cost of paper will be higher. Choosing the right paper for your printer will minimize the cost of printing.

Sublimation printing can be done on polyester and other types of non-fabric items. These materials come in bulk at wholesale prices. However, you'll need to take care when using heat transfer paper, as it adds a coating to the fabric. This paper is often used on cheap beach souvenirs. While inexpensive, it doesn't have the same quality as a sublimation print.

In addition to the price of the printer, you need to factor in the cost of the ink and paper, as well as shipping. In addition, you may need to purchase other supplements for your project. If you're not sure what you need, try to compare prices from several different sublimation printer companies and consider what suits you best.

If you're looking for a quality garment that will last for many years, sublimation printing is the way to go. With the right quality material and an efficient printer, you'll be pleased with the results. When considering the cost of sublimation printing, consider your budget and how many products you plan to print.

Sublimation printing is a great way to add a personal touch to a T-shirt. It provides a large surface area for company logos, which makes it a very effective advertising medium. Imprinted textiles catch the attention of the majority of people, especially when they're on the go.

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