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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
paper 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
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.