How to create a perfect print result on textile with sublimation ink?

Sublimation printing provides the best results when used on synthetic fabrics like polyester. This is due to several factors. Mainly because of the high temperatures the fabric needs to be exposed to – fabrics such as nylon would melt under such high temperatures. It is possible to use the technique on cotton and other natural fabrics also. The results may not be as bright, however, and may eventually fade.

You may not have realized it, but if you’ve ever used a home T-shirt printing kit with transfer papers, you have sublimate-printed. Sublimation printing can be done in many ways. It works best with an industrial heat press, as it gives a consistent heat and the right pressure to get a full bright print. But it can also be done on a smaller scale. It is a fantastically experimental technique. The possibilities are endless!

Using disperse dyes or heat transfer inks(sublimation ink): Here, you create the design in reverse on non-absorbent paper with disperse paints. This can be used to create a beautiful, painterly effect. You place the design against the fabric and apply heat to the surface. The step-by-step process is as follows:
  • Brush, stencil or spray the design on paper. Newsprint works well as it is absorbent and thin. Allow it to dry.
  • Place the fabric on a flat surface with layers of protective paper on top to avoid ink transfer beyond the surface.
  • Next, place a hot iron or heat press on the print in a steady position, until the sublimation paper begins to yellow and the transfer is complete.

For more details, the steps involved in this method is available in this article.
This is an easy technique you can try out at home with a household iron.
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