What’s sublimation ink?

Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Just like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals, etc. requires a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. You must purchase the mugs, tiles, metals, etc. with the coating already on them, it is not something you can coat yourself. We carry...

Before your sublimation printing, please read below….

The very first thing you need to be aware of is, what I say today may not be correct tomorrow or possibly even later today. The dye sublimation transfer industry has been changing so quickly over the last 2 years that it is even difficult for us veterans to keep up and we must rely on each other to stay current with all of the changes. The next thing is, you must decide what you want to sell, who you...

What type of Heat Transfer Press do I need?

A heat press is the machine that presses a transfer onto an imprintable substrate. Using high temperatures and heavy pressures for a certain amount of time, the transfer is permanently embedded into the product. Heat presses are recommended for professional and satisfying results simply because standard laminating devices and home hand irons can not get even near the temperatures required for a reliable transfer. Standard transfers require anywhere from 375? to 425? F demand serious force in pressing often from...

What is Sublimation (Dye Sublimation Transfer)?

Dye Sublimation Transfer is a process where you use an image that has been created digitally either by scanning a photograph or downloading a picture taken with your digital camera or an image created in a piece of imaging software like Adobe Photoshop or CorelDRAW and then printing this image with an Epson printer using special inks called sublimation inks onto paper. Once the image is on the paper you place it under a heat transfer press on top...

What You Will Need?

Computer: PC or MAC with as much memory as you can afford and plenty of disk space. Currently the color correction software for the smaller format printers mainly work with PC's but this is expected to change in the next few weeks. Graphics software: In order to be compatible with any of the small format color correction software packages you will need either Adobe Photoshop. Other packages like Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Xara Studio, etc. will work for some of the...

Sublimation Imprinting is Something of an Art

Sublimation imprinting is something of an Art. Since we set up at 1992, we have been using this form of printing for over 16 years and can produce many customized items such as mousepads, T-shirts, bags, ceramic mugs and plates etc with incredible color.  Of course, you can turn it an art. We notice another sublimation mousepad website telling on this, and it explains the process quite clear: "To explain this form of printing we need to start with a few basics. Sublimation ink is...

Below are the other items maybe you need in your sublimation business

Color Correction Software: Three of the four main dye sublimation inks on the market now come with some type of color correction software at least for the PC. Some people successfully do color correction through their graphics programs or by setting up their own profiles in their printer drivers.Paper Cutter:Scanner:Additional graphics packages: Digital camera: These definitely come in handy if you are doing photos for websites of your products or photographs of your customers to put onto items too.Heat tape: Metal...

How to Make a Perfect Photo Plate?

Hello there, I am Charles! So glad to see all of you again after the big holiday! In the Lunar Chinese New Year, everybody will more or less know about PLATE.  Yes, Plate is what I am going to talk about. In Chinese, we may say how many “fruit plate” have you eaten? Or how many “Chicken of Xinjiang Big Plate” have you tasted? ...... But what about a special plate which has your image? Yes, the coated plate, also called the Photo Plate. It...

How to avoid printing un-evenly on sublimation mugs?

Hello, I am Charles. I am glad to be here for our new Column “Weekly Tips”. It is such a great joy to have a platform to communicate with everybody on sublimation, my favorite. I trust communication helps to grow, both relationship and knowledge. You will be so surprised to read these tips are focus on regular questions from our customers, though we are not able to answer all of them. But we do hope these tips can help everybody to solve problems. Being practical...

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