Yesterday we talked about what sublimation is and today I’m showing you how to sublimate onto tee shirts or other apparel.
- Sublimation printer
- Sublimation ink
- Sublimation blank shirt (or other apparel) – You’ll notice that sublimation blanks are lighter colors, since the inks would not show well on dark fabric
- Transfer paper
- Heat press
How to Sublimate onto Apparel
Step 1) Create a design. For this tutorial, I used Silhouette Studio, but you can use any photo editor you have.
Step 2) Mirror your design and print it on your sublimation printer.
Step 3) Line your up your design. I use my trusty Tee Square It, but feel free to line it up however you’d like.
Step 4) Press your design onto your apparel using a heat press. Your transfer paper should have recommended pressing times and temperatures. I pressed with medium pressure at 385 degrees for 35 seconds.
Step 5) Remove the transfer paper.
That’s it – it’s so easy!
I took a few closeup photos for you to see how sublimation looks. Unlike vinyl, the design becomes part of the apparel. This means that when the fabric stretches; the design stretches!
This photo shows how vinyl compares to sublimation. Notice how the vinyl design sits on top of the apparel.
Stay tuned for the rest of Sublimation Week here on Cutting for Business. Tomorrow, I’m showing you two different ways to make mugs using sublimation, and Thursday I’m sharing my favorite supplier. (Oh! Please get out and vote this year, but don’t write me in as a candidate. I’m pretty tied up with the blog – and I’m not quite old enough!)
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