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WHAT IS SUBLIMATION & HOW DOES IT WORK?

STEP #1: ARTWORK PREPARATION: Once artwork has been submitted, it’s checked to identify and correct any issues that may negatively impact the printed result. Designs with block colors or designs that require excruciatingly exact placement may not work as well with sublimation printing. A key point to remember is that Sublimation printers do not print white ink therefore the design will need to use colored inks or create borders around artwork to make it appear there is white within the design.

STEP #2: SUPPLIES & INKS: There are a few things that you need in order to start printing designs onto your merchandise through the use of sublimation printing. The first, of course, will clearly be a printer that allows for sublimation printing and can take sublimation ink cartridges.

STEP #3: PRINTING: The design or artwork is printed onto special paper. The inks that are used turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine with the fabric and permanently print onto the fabric. The effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is embedded in the fabric or substrate rather than simply laying on top like a normal print fabrics are used and produce high-quality prints in a wide range of colors.

STEP #4: TRANSFERRING TO GARMENTS &/OR SUBSTRATES: You will need to invest in a heat press in order to print the designs onto the fabric. If you want to print the design onto a ceramic mug, you can purchase a mug clamp and press. It is important to think about the material that you want to use for your sublimation printing as not all materials are suitable.

PROS

DIVERSE RANGE OF MATERIALS: The most exciting upside when it comes to this method is purely the freedom you have with the materials that can be used. (Apparel, mugs, tumblers, mousepads, stainless steel accessories, and so much more).

LONGEVITY OF DESIGNS: The life of the design is a plus point, with a design that won’t crack, peel or fade. Even after going through the washing machine countless times, your garment will never be demoted to the back of your wardrobe!

CONS

GARMENT RESTRICTIONS: Sublimation printing is only suitable for garments that include polyester (100% polyester or polyester blend).

WHITE CREASING: Sublimation works by printing a design into white fabric, and if there are areas of the garment that are unreached by the design, they’ll stay white. This can be caused by accidental folding or small amounts of moisture that accumulate on the transfer paper.

BEST MATERIALS

If you are thinking of creating your own printing business and want to utilize sublimation printing or you want to start using the process at home, it is important to know what materials you can use. These are the following:  – Polycotton textile – Polymer – Polyester – Ceramic – PVC – Polyester-coated aluminum – Polymer-coated metal – Polyester-made fabric – Polymer- coated plastic

FAQs

How can I get assistance if I need it?
DTF, is otherwise known as Direct To Film. This printing technique involves printing any design and color directly onto a film and then transferring it to any material such as cotton, polyester and linen with a simple 15 second heat press.
How can I get assistance if I need it?
We have sizes from 2" X 2" to 24" X 20 feet"
How can I get assistance if I need it?
Vector art is always preferred, raster art should be at least 300 dpi. Preferred file types: .PNG Accepted files types: .PNG, .AI
How can I get assistance if I need it?
No Minimums! Whether you need 1 or 100,000 we can do itI!
How can I get assistance if I need it?
Sublimation transfers are best when used on 100% white or light colored polyester garments.
How can I get assistance if I need it?
It is STRONGLY recommended to trim around your design before pressing. This will ensure no ink is on the edge of the page. 100% polyester garment is BEST however you can choose an item that is at least 65% polyester (the higher the better) white or light colored (sublimation does not print white so to get white in your graphic you must use a white shirt; any white area of graphic will be color of the shirt). The lower the polyester count the less vibrant the image will be. Set your heat press at 385-400 degrees F (lower temp for higher cotton count). Pre heat garment for 5-10 seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture. Place parchment paper inside the shirt in the location of the transfer if your shirt can not be threaded over the lower heat platen. (Prevents bleed through). Place transfer in desired location; use heat tape to hold in place if needed. Cover with parchment (baking/butcher) paper (DO NOT USE TEFLON). Press using medium pressure for 60 seconds. Open press and carefully (it will be HOT) remove transfer. Ready to wear once design is completely cool. Safe to iron on low heat. Cover design with parchment paper to prevent any ink transfer to iron. Wash on cold and tumble dry low or hang dry.
How can I get assistance if I need it?
Do not wash or stretch before 72hrs. When washing make sure the t-shirt is washed with similar colors, cold water, and mild detergent. Dry with low heat. Do not bleach.
How can I get assistance if I need it?
Yes! We print standard transfers there they can be used on an abundance of materials including but not limited to: 100% polyester garments, primed canvases, tumblers, mugs, mousepads, slates, and any sublimation approved substrates.
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