Sublimation Printing ~

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A dye-sublimation printer is a computer printer which uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric. The sublimation name was first applied because the dye was considered to make the transition between the solid and gas states without going through a liquid stage.

I just started sublimation myself and am not a pro by far. But it is so easy to do -

  • No weeding HTV 
  • No print and cut
  • No registration mark errors

I did my first sublimation on a mug and ended up printing on the wrong side of the paper, learned from that and success! 

This is a 15oz Mug I sublimated using a photo I took of my girls when we got our puppy. The image quality is from a phone not the best but it looks great to me. 

My next task was a shirt and I had the perfect image to use. Gracie drew a picture of herself as a Queen and what better way to showcase her picture but on a shirt for her.

All I did was scan the picture she made into my sublimation printer and opened it in photoshop. I then touched it up a bit moved her words around and printed on sublimation paper using sublimation inks. Once it was printed I pre pressed my shirt for 10 seconds my press was set to 385 degrees placed the printed sub paper on the shirt where I wanted it and pressed for 30 seconds. Lift the lid on the press and remove the paper immediately. End result shown :) 

Here is some information on what I use for mine:

Sublimation Printer: Epson WorkForce WF-7610 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer with Scanner and Copier

Sublimation Paper Large Sheets: DyeMaster-R Dye Sublimation Paper for Ricoh Gel/Epson Printer, 13 x 19" Sheets (110 sheets/pack) 

Dye Sublimation Cobra Ink: Code 252XL Sublimation combo pack New CS/4.2 ink Fits the New Epson Desktop Printers High Capacity Inks are specific to your printer

This combo pack is for the New Epson Desktop Printers (Epson 3620, 3640, 7110, 7610, and 7620)

Ink Profiles: Cobra Ink has profiles for their ink which you NEED in order to print using their ink for sublimation. You can request the profiles after you purchase the inks, they need to verify you are a customer who uses their ink. You can request a standard profile HERE 

Profile Installation videos are also available from them HERE very helpful.

Paper Cutter: Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 15" Cut Length, 10 Sheet Capacity, ClassicCut Lite (9315) I use have larger paper and needed a larger paper cutter 

Mug Press: Smartxchoices 2 in 1 Auto Digital Display Mug Cup Heat Press Transfer Sublimation Heat Press Machine (two stainless steel mug attachments)

You need 100% Polyester shirts to make the dye bond to the fibers in the polyester. Others have had success with 60 poly/40 cotton but it can fade or have a distressed look to it. The less poly you have the less dye bonds having a 50% poly shirt only 50% of your dye adheres causing a fade look. 
*Disclaimer - PIDBlanksCO. takes no responsibility for your results or errors in sublimation this is only a guide what we use - what works for us - methods from our own personal research and favorite products. There are many products cheaper or more costly on the  market. This article may change often*

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  • Lorraine Roberts on

    Great post Mel! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! I just might give it a whirl also!

  • Pat Shade on

    Very nice teaching/learning blog Melissa!!!

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