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With dye sublimation, you can print full colors, bright colors, and multiple colors! When applying to garments, the ink is embedded into the fibers. This allows for the design to feel as if it’s part of the garment and not actually on the garment!, you can also add pictures and hard blanks bringing real value to sublimation printing. Check out Heat Transfer Warehouse for all your Dye Sublimation needs - from dye sublimation printers, dye sublimation paper, printable dye sublimation materials or blanks. Sublimation printing is excellent way to expand your business and bring more value to your shop or store.

We offer dye sublimation printers like the Sawgrass sublimation printer SG 500 and Sawgrass sublimation  Printer SG1000 along with paper from Beaver paper and inks. Siser EasySubli is another great option for dye sublimation printing and paper to use on our dye sub ready blanks! We have hard surface blanks like key chains, photo panels, coasters and so much more! We also offer soft blanks like can koozies, car flags, and mouse pads. If you are looking for dye sublimation drink wear, we also offer Polar Camel mugs that come in 20 oz and 15 oz styles. 

If you are still using the classic Sawgrass sublimation printer SG-400 or sawgrass  sublimation printer SG 800 Sublimation printers or looking at the new model of sublimation printers. We are your source for sublimation inks and sawgrass  sublimation inks and sublimation blanks. Please reach out our customer service team for any questions you have on any of your sublimation needs and help us guide you on your sublimation journey.

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Sublimation FAQ's

What Time, Temp & Pressure is best for applying sublimation?

Why is my image ghosting?   

The transfer is moving while heated and transferring dye. Either you are pressing, moving, then pressing again, or you are peeling while hot and then laying the hot paper back down.

Why are my images coming out blurry?

If your images are coming out blurry, it is likely a printer problem. I would first recommend making sure you have a high res / good quality image. Then double check that your printer nozzles / heads are clean.

What kind of material can I sublimate to?

Garments of at least 50% polyester and polyester coated hard blanks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sublimation printing ?
In short, sublimation ink can convert from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid form, which allows you to apply an image to specially coated materials using heat and pressure! For more information, check out our What is Sublimation blog.

What is a sublimation printer ?
A dye sublimation printer is a type of printer that uses a special ink and transfer paper to produce high-quality images and graphics on a variety of materials, such as fabrics, ceramics, and metals. The printer uses heat to transfer the ink from the transfer paper onto the material, creating a permanent, full-color image. The dye sublimation process involves printing an image onto transfer paper with specialized dye sublimation inks. The transfer paper is then placed onto the material to be printed, and both are heated in a heat press, causing the ink to vaporize and bond with the material. The result is a high-quality, durable image with vibrant colors and a smooth finish. Dye sublimation printers are commonly used in the production of custom apparel, such as t-shirts and sports jerseys, as well as promotional products, such as mugs and phone cases. They are also used in the printing of fine art and photography, as the dye sublimation process produces prints with excellent color accuracy and detail.

What are sublimation prints ?
Sublimation prints are printed with sublimation ink so they can be converted from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid form, which allows you to apply an image to specially coated materials.

How to print sublimation images ?
To print sublimation images, you will need the following equipment and materials:

Sublimation printer: A printer that uses sublimation ink to print images onto transfer paper.
Sublimation ink: Specialized ink designed for use in sublimation printing.
Transfer paper: Paper that is used to transfer the sublimation ink onto the material you want to print on.
Heat press: A machine that applies heat and pressure to transfer the sublimation ink from the transfer paper onto the material.
Material to print on: This could be anything that is compatible with sublimation printing, such as polyester or polyester-coated items like t-shirts, mugs, or phone cases.

Here are the steps to print sublimation images:

Design your image: Use design software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or CorelDRAW to create your image. Be sure to use the correct color mode and dimensions for sublimation printing.
Print your image onto transfer paper: Use your sublimation printer and sublimation ink to print your image onto transfer paper. Make sure to follow the instructions provided with your printer and ink for the best results.
Prepare your heat press: Set the temperature, pressure, and time on your heat press according to the instructions provided with your transfer paper and material.
Place your transfer paper onto the material: Place your transfer paper onto the material with the image facing down. Make sure it's aligned properly and smooth out any wrinkles.
Apply heat and pressure: Close the heat press and apply heat and pressure for the recommended time. When the time is up, open the heat press and remove the transfer paper.
Allow the material to cool: Allow the material to cool completely before handling it. This will ensure that the sublimation ink has properly bonded with the material.
Enjoy your printed item: Your sublimation image is now printed and ready to use or wear!

What is the best sublimation printer ?
We recommend Sawgrass Printers for hobbyists and small orders, and we recommend Epson printers for large batch orders. 

What kind of printer do you need for sublimation ?
You should use a printer designed for sublimation, we recommend either Sawgrass or Epson

What is Dye-Sublimation ?
Dye sublimation is a printing technology that uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as paper, plastic, or fabric. It involves a process where a special type of ink is printed onto a transfer paper using a digital printer, and then the transfer paper is placed onto the material to be printed. The transfer paper and the material are then subjected to high temperature and pressure using a heat press, causing the ink to sublimate or vaporize and bond with the material. Dye sublimation is commonly used in the printing of high-quality images and graphics onto textiles, such as T-shirts, banners, flags, and sports jerseys. It is also used in the production of photo prints, ceramic tiles, and other customized items. The process is known for producing vibrant and long-lasting prints that are resistant to fading and peeling.

What is Sublimation ?
In chemistry, sublimation refers to the process of transforming a solid substance directly into a gas without going through a liquid state. This happens when the substance is heated and the pressure around it is reduced, causing it to vaporize without melting. Examples of substances that can undergo sublimation include dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) and mothballs (naphthalene).