Common Sublimation Questions

Scientifically, sublimation is a process when a solid bypasses the liquid state directly to the gas stage; an example is dry ice. Sublimation in the context of crafting is using a sublimation printer to print an image on transfer paper, then using heat and pressure transferring the image to a blank (t-shirt, mug, tumbler).

Sublimation allows use of any image that you can print. Images can be very intricate, and the colors are vivid.

Polyester fabrics are best for sublimation – the higher the polyester count in blends, the more vibrant colors. To sublimate on a 100% cotton shirt, you will need a sublimation coating or use glitter heat transfer vinyl to infuse the image.

You can only use a sublimation printer, either a converted Epson, or a dedicated Sublimation printer is required. The printer must print a special ink called Sublimation Dye Ink. Sawgrass printers are more expensive and are made specifically for sublimation printing. Converted Epson printers are much less expensive, but once an Epson printer is converted, the warranty is no longer valid.

There are many types of sublimation transfer paper. Therefore, there are plenty to choose from. Don’t worry if you don’t have fancy sublimation paper. Because regular copy paper can be used in a pinch. Unfortunately, colors will not be as vibrant.

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Common Sublimation Terms

A Printer that uses sublimation dye ink. Epson printers can be converted to sublimation printers

A Blank or Substrate is the base material to be decorated. Such as a t-shirt, mug, or tumbler.

Scientifically, sublimation is a process when a solid bypasses the liquid state directly to the gas stage; an example is dry ice. Sublimation in the context of crafting is using a sublimation printer to print an image on transfer paper, then using heat and pressure transferring the image to a blank (t-shirt, mug, tumbler).

Paper used to transfer sublimation ink to the blank (t-shirt, mug, tumbler)

Ghosting occurs when the transfer paper moves during the heat process.