What is dye sublimation transfers? Why would I choose dye sublimation transfers? These are questions someone may ask themselves when getting into a heat transfer business.
Dye sublimation transfers is very different from heat transfer vinyl. Instead of heat pressing a vinyl onto a garment, dye sublimation transfers gas into the material. The texture of the transfer is the same texture as the material you pressed onto. Dye sublimation transfers work best with 100% polyester, white or light color, garments are dye sublimation blanks. You can press this transfer on 50/50 blends and cotton if you are wanting a faded distressed. Dye sublimation transfers can be pressed on darker garments, however, use caution when pressing on really dark garments as the transfer may not be visible.
Working with dye sublimation blanks can be very rewarding. There is a wide range of blanks out there from you to choose from, such as coasters, koozies, ornaments, photo panels, mugs, bag tags, flags and much much more! Unlike heat transfer vinyl or sign vinyl, dye sublimation transfers will not add texture to these surfaces. Dye sublimation transfers can also be heat applied to textured glitter HTV when you want to add some sparkle to your design.
You can use full-color images such as family, friends and vacation pictures. No weeding required! All you would need to do is when you receive your custom dye sublimation transfer use an open clam heat press to apply to your material. Craft paper is always handy when pressing dye sublimation as the ink will soak into a teflon sheet and we do not want to ruin our teflon sheet. Thermo tape is always helpful when holding your transfer in place as dye sublimation is not a sticky transfer.