Dye Sublimation Transfer is a process where you take an image that has been created digitally. The image can then be printed with a printer using special sublimation transfer inks onto transfer paper. When heated to high temperatures, sublimation ink turns into a gas. Pores of the polymer coated item open up and allow the gas to enter. Then, once removed from the heat, the pores of the polymer substrate close up, trapping the ink inside. The entire image will be smooth to the touch. This is a transfer process in which the image becomes a part of the actual item. Sublimation needs special ink, paper and specific substrates with polymer coating to work.
With the Dye Sublimation Transfer Process, you can print high quality digital images on a huge variety of items made of any material that is treated or polymer coated or garments made of polyester. The imprinting is accomplished using a printer, sublimation inks, paper and a heat press.
- Printer (compatible with sublimation inks
- Sublimation paper
- Sublimation inks (CYMK)
- Heat press (or mug press if you are doing mugs)
- Sublimation products (we called it “blanks”) – Only products with specially treated & coated can be used in sublimation
- ICC profile by Emisub – A color correction profile to be installed in the software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop & CorelDraw) in order to calibrate the colors to produce the best transferred output
- Note: For the best quality output, it is strongly recommended that you use the products supplied by Emisub
The clogging is resulted by the inks dried up in the print heads once you have been stopped using the printer regularly. You can prevent this by keeping your printer switched on every day (even though you do not need to use it on that day) as the printer will perform a routine cleaning itself to prevent it from clogging.