• What is a sublimation transfer?

Sublimation is a process to transfer dyes onto types of fabrics and materials. An image is created digitally, using something like Photoshop, and printed onto a chemically coated piece of paper with specialized sublimation ink. This digital print is then placed on the transfer material.

  • How do I do a sublimation transfer?

Sublimation Transfers Application & Help
  1. Set your heat press to 400 degrees. Time: 45-60 seconds. ...
  2. Place sheets of white copy paper or parchment paper inside your shirt to prevent bleed through.
  3. Position your transfer face down (use heat tape if desired) and cover with Teflon sheet.
  4. Press.
  5. Remove transfer immediately.

  • Do you need special shirts for sublimation?

Shirts for sublimation need to be at the very least, 50% polyester. The higher percentage of polyester the better as the ink will only transfer to the poly fibers. In addition to 50/50 cotton poly shirts, there are other types that will work. One of my favorites is called tri-blend.

  • Can you sublimate on a black shirt?

The process to sublimate on dark t shirts is the same as the process to sublimate on cotton shirts that are other colors - including white. You don't actually sublimate directly on the shirt - but instead either a sublimation vinyl like EasySubli or glitter white heat transfer vinyl.

  • Can you sublimate on wood?

Take the wood slices back to the heat press - still at 385 F - and place them on the heat press with the sublimation paper on top. Cover with parchment and press for 60 seconds then carefully remove the sublimation paper. Pretty cool, huh?! You can press a whole bunch at once which makes this a pretty fast process!