Common purchase queries answered
Sublimation Ink Compatible Printer – recommended reliable sublimation printers.
Sublimation Paper – recommended Easty Premium sublimation paper.
Sublimation Ink available in cartridges, bulk bags and bottles. Recommended Sawgrass SubliJet-R Inks.
Heat resistant tape if you are doing mugs, tiles, or caps, to keep your image from moving during the transfer process.
Sublimatable Items – products that are compatible with sublimation. note: not all mugs, tiles, t-shirts, and other imprintable items, are sublimation compatible
Heat press for bonding the image to the item. If you are doing mugs or caps, you need a mug or cap press, or attachments that can be bought for compatible presses.
An ICC Profile compatible program, such as Photoshop, or CorelDraw. (Currently, the ICC Profiles cannot be managed in any other programs.)
ICC Color Correction Profile to ensure that your colors come out perfect.
The ink used in the Sublimation Transfer process is a special mixture of water and heat reactive dyes.
A heat press is the machine that presses a transfer onto an imprintable substrate. Using high temperatures and specified pressures for a certain amount of time, the transfer is permanently embedded into the product. Heat presses are available with various sized platens, with clamshell or swing away heating elements, and with manual or automatic release features. Some heat presses are created for specific uses, such as the cap or mug presses. The maximum print size of your printer should match the platen size of your press.
Heat presses are recommended for professional and satisfying results simply because standard laminating devices and home hand irons can not get near the temperatures required for a reliable transfer. Sublimation transfers require anywhere from 375° to 425° F and demand serious force in pressing often from 40-80 psi. These temperatures and pressures are not possible with other heated device.
View Easty full line of heat presses.
Imprint cotton shirts. As mentioned before, sublimation needs polyester in order to complete the process of transfer. Sublimation will turn out best with only 100% polyester shirts. Cotton shirts should be completed with heat transfer paper.
Imprint 65/35 and 50/50 shirts with bright colors. Since a percentage of the shirt is still cotton, the sublimation ink does not have enough polyester to create a vivid transfer. The image will end up with dull colors, especially after washing. Again, using heat transfers for cotton shirts is really the best option.
Imprint colored shirts. Any colored background drastically alters the imprint colors. Since sublimation will become part of the shirt, any color already on the garment will overwhelm the transferred image.
Imprint non-polymer-coated items. Remember that sublimation is printing into the coating, not the item.
Imprint gold/silver metal used by award companies. This is another instance where the background color of the substrate will interfere with the image.
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