According to the experienced sublimation worker charles,

the quick answer is No. You cannot use sublimation ink on ANY

transfer paper for dark fabrics. Very basic information on

sublimation is that it actually dyes the polyester fiber.

Unlike ink on a transfer paper the image is not. You cannot dye

a dark garment to any other color as for the Canon, I doubt it

will work, you will get an image but it will wash out. For

normal inkjet transfer you need pigment ink and are not sure

what the canon has. Best to figure another way. there are those

that say use a polyester spray and other methods.

So, if you are in the business of printing clothes, you have an

idea of what is the best costume design method. Many people pay

close attention to the heat transfer paper printing method and

it depends on your needs and what you intend to do. In

addition, there are pros and cons here. We dig into the details

to help you decide what works best for you and your business.

We print on high speed sublimation paper together

with the use of sublimation ink to print out the images using

mirror image setting, then transfer the image onto the media by

applying heat and pressure, which makes the sublimation ink

turn into gaseous state and absorb by the media. Sublimation

paper + ink can transfer the printed image onto polyester,

mousepad, cardboard puzzles, polyester drifit tshirts, banners

and hard surfaces, such as mugs, ceramic and aluminium plates


Heat transfer paper is applicable to heat transfer, on which

images can be printed using normal home printers by heating and

pressuring in order to transfer the image onto media. Heat

transfer paper can accept a wider range of ink types, such as

with pigment ink, solvent ink such as home / office inkjet ink,

laser ink etc. You will have no issue using your home, school

or company’s printer. Heat transfer paper is usually

transferred onto cotton. 

The brand of Heat Transfer Paper we carry is Neenah (a brand

from US). JPSS and 3G Jet Opaque are the 2 we carry.
Even though sublimation is traditionally printed with an inkjet

printer, the chemical properties of the ink (which is actually

a dye) are radically different from pigment-style inks, thus

the paper is uniquely engineered for the process.

While standard inks require a form of bonding agent to adhere

to the surface of the fabric, sublimation dyes physically

penetrate, bond, and re-color polymer fibers. Because of the

molecular process, binding agents are not required. Thus,

sublimation transfer paper is composed of a polymer management

layer combined with a release agent.

Unlike inkjet and laser transfer papers, the entire surface of

super speed sublimation paper
does not transfer, as there

are no binding agents involved. The sublimation dye simply

turns into a gas during the pressing phase of the process and

transfers into the polymer fibers of the substrate. Also, since

sublimation is sub-surface, it has no hand.

One new development with sublimation transfer products is

“tacky paper” (currently only available in roll form). Tacky

paper is manufactured with a light adhesive within the surface

and is ideal for preventing ghosting that happens if the paper

shifts when releasing the heat press. Those that lack the

ability to print on rolled media can apply a very light coating

of spray adhesive to the transfer for the same effect.

The variety of sticky sublimation paper may look

similar, but different brands have different manufacturing

recipes. It pays to explore the options on the market. Don’t

focus on cost, but look for the product that consistently

delivers the highest quality images.

Note that sublimation dyes do not work with non-poly fibers.
Low humidity: In the humidity under 45%, it’s better to choose

80gsm. When in low humidity, the paper shrinks, and the print

side is hunched-up. During the process, the paper absorbs ink,

which leads to the “hunch-up”. 100g and 120g paper are harder

than 80g, so the “hunch-up” damages the print-head. 80gsm is

softer, it could relieve the “hunch-up” and protect your

print-head from damage.

High humidity: In the humidity above 70%. It’s better to

choose 110-120 gsm. Since the paper is very easy to become damp

with high humidity, it will become softer and stiffness is weak

at the same time. If low weight paper is used, it will be hard

to print smoothly because of the stiffness and hardness go

down. At this time, 110-120 gsm is the best choice.

In textile printing with sublimation techniques, the paper has

an important role; i.e as a medium for transferring inks to the

fabric so that final graphics can be produced. This paper has a

short life cycle because it cannot be used for reprinting. This

study aims to propose four alternatives ways to increase the

value of paper waste from textile printing with approaches in

material value conservation, reverse engineering, material

selection, and waste management. The four proposed alternatives

are to sell paper waste rolls to the waste collector, to reuse

paper waste as an underlay paper in fabric cutting, to reuse

paper waste as shredded paper for packaging, and reuse paper

waste as shredded paper for packaging after it has become

underlay paper in fabric cutting. The first alternative

contributes to a total net revenue of IDR 149,490,000 for three

years. The second alternative contributes to a 74% reduction in

the cost of purchasing underlay paper with a value of IDR

318,912,000 for three years. The third alternative contributes

to a revenue of IDR 66,440,000 for three years, but it has not

reached a break-even point due to investment in machinery which

costs IDR 112,000,000. The fourth alternative contributes to a

reduction in the cost of purchasing underlay paper with a value

of IDR 210,234,000 for three years after deducting the cost of

machine investment. From this study, it is found that the

application of material value conservation in paper waste can

bring economic value to the industry and the environment.

The need for good quality paper for jumbo roll sublimation

has been reported previously as a principal

requirement for the process. Pigmented coated papers have

gained acceptance in the traditional paper printing industry,

but, despite their importance, have inspired very few reports

in literature about their application in heat transfer

printing.In the current work, we studied the influence of both

clay and ground calcium carbonate (GCC) pigments and the

incorporation of plastic pigment on the surface structure and

mechanical properties of the coated paper used for transfer

printing. The results showed that paper coating significantly

reduced the surface roughness of the paper. The mechanical

properties of the prepared coated paper, including tensile

strength, stretch, tensile energy absorption (TEA), and burst

index, were improved when coated compared to those of uncoated

paper. The addition of plastic pigment to the coating mixture

helped improve the paper's properties.The optical density

of the transfer-printed polyester fabric using the prepared

coated paper was also compared with that of uncoated paper. It

was shown that a slight increase in optical density was evident

in the coated paper.The possibility of producing a second

polyester print from the exhaust paper was also investigated.

Coated paper incorporating plastic pigment, in particular,

showed higher optical density than did uncoated paper.We found

that coated paper based on clay, GCC, clay/plastic pigment, or

GCC/plastic pigment consumed less dye paste than uncoated paper

though producing printed fabric with higher optical density—

especially in the second print.

“Sub-li-what-now?!” If you’ve ever wondered what this

strange-looking word actually means — then wonder no more.
No, it isn’t an underwater warship or on-screen translations

that help you understand a foreign film; it’s a high-tech

printing process used mostly for print on demand apparel. Today

we’re going to pick it apart — we’ll cover what it is, how

it works, discuss the pros and cons, when to use it — and when

not to.

What is sublimation?
Let’s start with the broad strokes. What exactly is

In simple terms, it’s a method of printing that transfers a

design into a material or fabric using ink and heat.

In the world of apparel, it’s a game changer in that it allows

whole garment prints — designs that go seam-to-seam.

The sublimation printing process
So how does sublimation work? Well, 35gsm fast dry sublimation paper

uses heat to essentially bring ink and fabric together as one.

First, a design is printed onto special paper. The inks that

are used turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine

with the fabric and permanently print onto the fabric. The

effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is

embedded in the fabric or substrate rather than simply laying

on top like a normal print.

The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of for your

skin, it’s for your chosen product. The heat opens up the

pores of the fabric, then with the applied pressure the ink

cools and returns to a solid form.

The result is a permanent, full colour image that won’t crack,

peel or wash away from the substrate. The process allows the

ink to go from a solid to a gas without turning to liquid, a

bit like dry ice. The conversion is initiated by heat and

controlled by pressure.

This quick and effective digital print method is growing in

popularity for smaller batch orders and those designs that rely

on the details. Sublimation printing is also known as ‘all

over printing’ as it allows you to choose a design that can

literally go from seam to seam.