SubliStuff Sublimation Series Posts

series listOver on the EmbroideryTalk Blog,  I just did a post where I collected all the links to my series posts in one place.  For those who don’t know,  a series post is when I deal with one subject over several posts,  talking about a different aspect of the topic in each post.   I’ve also done some series posts here on the SubliStuff blog,  so it seemed like a good idea to collect links to those posts all in one place so people can more easily find them.

Subject:  Getting Started with Sublimation

Target Markets for Sublimated Products 

Sublimation: It’s (Not) Complicated 

Create, Print, Press! Is It Really that Easy?

Choosing a Heat Press

Choosing a Printer 

Target Market 

Sublimation Reality Check

Subject: How to Sublimate a Specific Item

How to Sublimate a Shot Glass

What Exactly Can You Sublimate 

How to Sublimate Tiles 

Subject:  Sublimation Paper

Mpres Paper 

The Quest for Fire… Sublimation Paper, pt 1

The Quest for Fire… Sublimation Paper, pt 2

Subject:  ChromaBlast Ink

ChromaBlast:  A Comparison 

ChromaBlast for Cotton

ChromaBlast Printing for Dark T-Shirts

Please keep in mind that this blog has been around since 2010, so some of the printers mentioned may no longer be offered.   I do think the information contained in these posts is still helpful, however, and hopefully you will as well.

Sublimination (and other misconceptions)

Those of us who work in garment decoration probably think that sublimation is a familiar decoration technique and is easily understood,  but that isn’t always so.  Even people within the business don’t always know the proper terminology or details when it comes to what sublimation is and how it works.   If you’re new to sublimation,  or simply wondering what it’s all about,  here are a few things you should know.

First,  it’s sublimation.   It’s not sublimination or any of the other misspellings or mispronunciations I’ve seen and heard in the past.   Sublimation could, I suppose, be called transfer printing,  although that would tend to confuse it with standard inkjet transfers, so it’s probably best just to call it sublimation.

Second, sublimation is not direct to garment printing.  Direct to garment happens when a design is printed directly on a garment.   Sublimation is a transfer,  which means the design is printed to paper first and then transferred via heat and pressure to the garment or item to be decorated.

Third,  sublimation will not work on dark garments.   Sublimation ink works with light colored garments only and works best with a white garment or substrate.    Please keep in mind that printing a design on a colored garment will have an impact on the colors in the design.

Fourth, sublimation will not work on cotton.  There are people who sell sprays which they claim will allow you to sublimate non polyester materials, but it is often difficult to get these sprays to coat evenly.   The best way to get a sellable sublimated item is to start with a poly garment or factory created poly coated substrate.

Fifth,  you can’t sublimate using just any paper.   Sublimation ink requires sublimation paper to be at its best.    You can learn more about sublimation paper in our post Why Paper Type is Important.

Finally, the biggest misconception of all,  sublimation is difficult.    I’m not going to say sublimation is the easiest thing you’ll ever do,  but it isn’t as difficult as many people think.   If you’re familiar with managing artwork,  have some skill at using a computer and are willing to make a few mistakes before you start turning out prefect prints,  you can easily learn to sublimate and be successful at doing so.   The chief thing you need is a willingness to try something new and a good partner who can help with both supplies and knowledge.   EnMart stands ready to be that partner.  All you have to supply is the willingness to try.


Top 7 Reasons (and 1 Bonus Reason) to Try Mpres Paper

UPDATE 02/23/2021:  MPRES is being discontinued by the manufacturer, and we will be switching to a different paper. As a result, we are no longer offering free samples, and 2 of the “reasons” in the article below have been removed. Once we run out of our current MPRES stock we will be selling a different paper product.  We can say that the new paper will be at least comparable to, or better than, MPRES, so you can purchase in confidence, and the price should be comparable too! And, thank you to all of our loyal users of MPRES paper over the years. 

1. Hybrid high release paper. Mprés releases more dye in less time onto the printable substrate than most other papers of this type for richer, deeper colors and better clarity.

2. Fast drying. Mprés dries almost instantly, eliminating any quality issues like tracking or smudging.

3. Universal sublimation paper. This paper works perfectly with any sublimation printing system including Ricoh and Epson, and any sublimatible material.

4. Print at multiple DPI levels.  This paper allows you to print at higher DPI levels (for use with ceramics, UNISUB materials, etc) and at lower DPI levels (emblems, mousepads, etc) allowing you to save ink.

5. Increased Productivity.  Mprés Paper requires less press time and dries faster than many other papers, and printing at lower DPI levels may also increase printing speeds.

6. First-Hand Product Knowledge.  We not only sell Mprés Paper, we use it ourselves every day.  We have the first hand product knowledge necessary to help our customers successfully use the product.