How to Sublimation for Beginners - Your Guide to Getting Started

How to Sublimation for Beginners – Your Guide to Getting Started

Congratulations, you have bought the sublimation printer and want to do some beautiful designs on t-shirts, coffee mugs, bags, tumblers, signs, and much more but you don’t know enough about how to sublimation for beginners. So don’t worry we are here to guide you step by step from start to end.

For those who don’t know enough about sublimation printing or dye-sublimation printing, This is the process to transfer digital images from paper to material using heat and pressure with your best sublimation printer for beginners. Firstly, your sublimation printer imprints your graphics onto a special high-release ‘transfer’ paper, then you use a heat press to transfer the dye design onto your t-shirt, mug, plastic, fabrics, and many more.

How to Sublimation for Beginners -Step-by-Step Guide

To transfer the images from your printer to the substrate, you need to follow the four given steps for successful sublimation.

  • Sublimation Printer
  • Sublimation Ink
  • Sublimation Paper
  • Heat Press

Sublimation Printer

A sublimation printer is necessary for the sublimation, you can’t sublimate with an old printer. We have more than six sublimation printers for the sublimation process as we work as a professional but if you want to do sublimation as a small business, hobby, or just for fun, then one sublimation printer is enough for you. If you want to buy a new sublimation printer then we will recommend you buy an Epson sublimation printer or Sawgrass sublimation printer.

Sublimation Ink

For the sublimation process, you can only use sublimation ink, you can’t use pigment ink or regular ink. The Epson SureColor and Sawgrass sublimation printers have the sublimation that comes with these printers. The Epson SureColor uses Epson sublimation ink and Sawgrass uses Sawgrass sublimation ink. For the best sublimation results, only use the sublimation ink which is recommended by the printer brand.

If you convert an inject printer, then also use sublimation ink and don’t use the ink which comes with the printer. The inks which you can use for the sublimation are Hiipoo sublimation ink, Cosmos ink, or Printer’s Jack sublimation ink.

Sublimation Paper

There are many sublimation paper brands in the market, you can use a special one for the best and more vibrant sublimation prints. In our opinion, the best sublimation papers are the A-Sub paper or TruePix sublimation paper because you can get these papers in regular size and in large size too.  Maybe you have heard about laser copy paper, we will not recommend you use laser copy paper, it makes your prints more faded and washed out.

Once you have done the above steps and made your prints, now you need a Heat Press to transfer these prints to the material.

Heat Press

After the completion of the above steps, now you need a heat press the transfer your design onto the material e.g. t-shirts, mugs, plastic, and many more.

Many types of heat presses are available in the market for different purposes. For the sublimation of fabrics, we will recommend you the Calendar Heat Press, this press is for bigger and long-sized prints. A Small Heat Press, is best for when you want to sublimate small objects like mugs, key chains, and small kitchen items.

Some other heat presses are also used, Flatbed Heat Press is for floor tiles and home decor artifacts, and the 3D Vacuum Heat Press is for uneven surfaces, smaller objects with edges, and irregular shapes.


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