Welcome to this week’s edition of PrintCraft, your go-to source for all things sublimation printing.
Today’s we’re going all in on dye sublimation printing, a great technique to add a custom design to your t-shirts, mugs, tote bags… mostly anything you can think of.
What’s included in this email:
🌟 Cool DIY crafts you can create through dye sublimation printing
🎨 How you can create stunning, high-quality prints
💥 Must-buy products of the week
🌟 2 Best DIY Crafts of the Week
🎨 Dye Sublimation Printing
Dye sublimation printing is a crafting technique that transfers dyes onto a surface to create striking, high-resolution prints.
How does this work?
Sublimation is basically the transformation of anything solid—in this case, the print’s dyes—into a gas. Dye sublimation printing sublimates the dyes through a heat press machine. Then, these dyes bind to the garments or accessories you’re using. Meaning their surface will be completely smooth with no bumpy sections.
What tools will you need?
Sublimation printer: Used to print the image or design you want to sublimate on your cotton shirt
Heat press machine: A sublimated image or design needs to be transferred on the shirt, and it requires heat. Heat press machines are used to transfer the design to the substrate.
Sublimation paper or sheet: Sublimation paper or sheet is used to get the design or image printed on.
Heat-resisting tape: Heat-resisting tape is used to tape the sheet to the substrate while pressing it with a heat press.
Butcher paper: To protect our backside and heat press from the sublimation ink, we use this butcher paper as a layer.
The best surfaces for dye sublimation printing are those that have a polyester resin coating or are made of polyester. This includes both hard goods and fabrics, such as metal plates, snowboards, tiles, footballs, mugs, aluminum, hardboard, natural wood, and various plastics.
You’ll notice that we didn’t mention cotton. However, cotton fabrics can be printed on by applying a special polyester surface coating to them or by printing the image on a specially treated transfer paper.
Help and Communities:
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💯 3 Must-Buy Products of the Week
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The PrintCraft Team