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Sublimation printing on Tshirts

Posted: April 24, 2015 in DIY, ROOFAccess

Sublimation printing on Tshirts>>>> Youtube Video

What is sublimation?

Sublimation is a transfer process in which the image becomes a part of the actual item. Sublimation needs special ink, paper and specific substrates with polyester coating to work.

When heated to high temperatures, sublimation ink turns into a gas. Pores of the polyester coated item open up and allow the gas to enter. Then, once removed from the heat, the pores of the polyester substrate close up, trapping the ink inside. The entire image will be smooth to the touch.

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This video is for the basic Idea of how all of this Idea works….Really Barny Style Broken Down…  He has a cool little set up and shares some good pointers from someone completely new to the Business.

 or the More advanced Business owners, I have found a great article on the pitfalls of this industry.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Pitfalls of the Industry    PDF Downloadable 

Sublimation Imaging Costs

Some examples of image costs
Costs below are based in part on a cartridge type set up and start at the higher print cost and extended downward to the more cost effective ink system with faster printers.
3″x3″ full color image on a mug $0.56 – $0.25*
7.5″x10″ full color image on a t-shirt $2.20 – $0.54*

View full content here >>>>Sublimation Printing Costs

What you Need

  • Sublimation Ink Compatible Printer such as Epson and Ricoh printers.
  • Sublimation Paper such as Image Right or TexPrint.
  • Sublimation Ink available in cartridges, bulk bags and bottles.
  • ICC Color Correction Profile to ensure that your colors come out perfect.
  • Heat resistant tape if you are doing mugs, tiles, or caps, to keep your image from moving during the transfer process.
  • Sublimatable Items – products that are compatible with sublimation. *note: not all mugs, tiles, t-shirts, and other imprintable items, are sublimation compatible*
  • Heat press for bonding the image to the item. If you are doing mugs or caps, you need a mug or cap press, or attachments that can be bought for compatible presses.
  • An ICC Profile compatible program, such as Photoshop, or CorelDraw. (Currently, the ICC Profiles cannot be managed in any other programs.)

    What sublimation can and can’t do

  • Imprint cotton shirts. As mentioned before, sublimation needs polyester in order to complete the process of transfer. Sublimation will turn out best with only 100% polyester shirts. Cotton shirts should be completed with heat transfer paper.
  • Imprint 65/35 and 50/50 shirts with bright colors. Since a percentage of the shirt is still cotton, the sublimation ink does not have enough polyester to create a vivid transfer. The image will end up with dull colors, especially after washing. Again, using heat transfers for cotton shirts is really the best option.
  • Imprint colored shirts. Any colored background drastically alters the imprint colors. Since sublimation will become part of the shirt, any color already on the garment will overwhelm the transferred image.
  • Imprint non-polymer-coated items. Remember that sublimation is printing into the coating, not the item.
  • Imprint gold/silver metal used by award companies. This is another instance where the background color of the substrate will interfere with the image.

Here is a List of Top Sublimation Printers

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Sublimation Printer Comparison Chart

Sublimation Printer Comparison Chart

Cost in printing and what size of a industry am I operating?

“On average, one set of cartridges may get you 60 or more, 8.5″ x 11″ prints. The bulk systems are said to yield anywhere between 800-1200 prints the same size. You also must take into account what you intend to be printing. If you are doing larger items with full bleed, bulk systems would definitely be the way to go. If you are doing for instance small jewelry pieces, you may be okay with cartridges. But, keep in mind that the cost per print is far lower with the bulk system.”

Where can I get products to print on?

Cost for Items Online?

Heat Transfer paper

texprintr.jpgTexPrint R for Ricoh Sublimation Printers 8.5″x11″ (110 sheets) 1+ $17.24 ea.
10+ $15.60 ea.
20+ $14.35 ea.
Priced per package of 110 sheets

Inks and the options….. For complete list CLICKHERE to go to a site that sells supplies.

wf30_refill_bag_cyan.pngCyan SubliJet IQ Sublimation Ink Refill Bag for WF7010, WF1100 $155.00 (min: 1)

“As you can see, thee Ink is not cheap 😦 If you are looking to really get a big shop operating, you need a bulk type printer.”