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Complete process and procedure for sublimation

Dye-Sublimation Printing is the process of transferring dye onto items using heat. This method of printing is a popular method when transferring high-quality vibrant images onto items or products without losing the original image resolution on polyester.

The actual technical process of dye-sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage. This allows full-color artwork to infuse with the polyester and polymer-coated substrates; also known as digital sublimation.

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Dye-Sublimation Printing – How Does it Work?

The process starts by printing the desired image; preferably a high-resolution image; onto a special sublimation transfer paper using an inkjet printer with special ink.

Important Note – Images should be printed mirrored to the original before attempting to sublimate.

Once the image has been printed you want to pre-heat your press to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the garment onto the plate of the heat press and align your image. Set your heat press timer to 30 seconds with medium pressure.

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What can sublimation be used on?

This new process of image transfer has made it possible to sublimate high-resolution images onto a wide range of products. A whole industry has been created in manufacturing sublimation-ready blanks (generally 100% Polyester) that include t-shirts, onesies, mousepads, blank baby clothes, mugs, totes, tumblers, socks and so much more. These items are then used as promotional products for companies or for an individual to resell.

Here is a list of items that can be used for sublimation printing

  • Baby Onesies
  • Mousepads
  • Can Wrapper/Insulator
  • T-Shirts
  • Mugs
  • Glass Tile
  • Tote Bags
  • Baby Bibs
  • Blankets
  • iPhone Cases
  • Pet Bowls
  • Banners

What material can you sublimate on?

Sublimation Ready Blanks

It is high-recommended that 100% Polyester garments or items coated with polyester are used for sublimation printing. For apparel, sublimation is best used on white or light color garments. 100% polyester is best for a vibrant design resulting in a no-loss image resolution.

Polyester blend fabrics; such as our 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Blend; can also be used but will result in a retro/vintage look. Only the percent of polyester used in this synthetic material will capture the image being transferred.

The process may seem limited due to the required 100% polyester, but there are thousands of promotional items that have been coated with a polymer to allow 100% of an image to be transferred. These products include baby onesies, t-shirts, mugs, mousepads and more.

We hope this post was helpful in defining sublimation printing and how it is used. For all your sublimation-ready blanks, make sure to visit our large collection of The Laughing Giraffe ® brand baby, toddler & youth size clothing.

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