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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 3 7 Whether you understand the chemistry or not, one thing is clear. Sublimation can be used to print everything from garments to phone cases to mugs and more. Each one of those items must be designed to accept the sublimation inks in a gaseous state. In order for that to happen, the items must have a polyester fiber content or polymer surface or coating. Since the number of items you can sublimate is enormous, let's focus on shirts for this article. FOUR WAYS TO SUBLIMATE There are four main types of sublimation transfer papers you should know about. Coated dye-sublimation paper is a coated paper made to enhance the release of the sublimation dyes onto 100% poly- ester material or 100% polyester-coated items. The coating on the paper is what helps transfer the dyes onto the polymer or polyester. This paper was originally produced for use on hard substrates and coated ceramic mugs or tiles or anything prepped for sublimation. But it can also be used to print 100% polyester, light- colored T-shirts or clothing items. Can you print sublimation transfers on uncoated paper? This is a common ques- tion. If you've been around the sublima- tion crowd on YouTube or other social me- dia platforms, you will find people who promote the use of uncoated, regular bond paper in a sublimation printer. Yes, it is possible to print sublimation transfers using regular paper. However, if you choose to try this method, please know that it can be temperamental. The people promoting this method may not mention that a 50-60 lb. bond paper should be used to reduce G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Whether you understand the chemistry or not, one thing is clear. Sublimation can be used to print everything from garments be used to print everything from garments to phone cases to mugs and more. Each one of those items must be designed to accept the sublimation inks in a gaseous state. In order for that to happen, the items must have a polyester fiber content or polymer surface or coating. Since the number of items you can sublimate is enormous, let's focus on shirts for this article. FOUR WAYS TO SUBLIMATE There are four main types of sublimation transfer papers you should know about. Coated dye-sublimation paper coated paper made to enhance the release of the sublimation dyes onto 100% poly ester material or 100% polyester-coated items. The coating on the paper is what helps transfer the dyes onto the polymer or polyester. This paper was originally produced for use on hard substrates and coated ceramic mugs or tiles or anything prepped for sublimation. But it can also be used to print 100% polyester, light- colored T-shirts or clothing items. Can you print sublimation transfers on uncoated paper? This is a common ques tion. If you've been around the sublima tion crowd on YouTube or other social me dia platforms, you will find people who promote the use of uncoated, regular bond paper in a sublimation printer. Yes, it is possible to print sublimation transfers using regular paper. However, if you choose to try this method, please know that it can be temperamental. PRO TIP FOR USING SPECIALTY PAPER FOR DYE-SUB PRINTING ON COTTON: PRIOR TO PRESSING THE POWDER-COATED TRANSFER ONTO A SHIRT, POSITION IT ADHESIVE SIDE UP AND ALLOW THE HEAT PLATEN TO HOVER OVER IT FOR 30 SECONDS. AFTER THAT, CARE - FULLY FLIP AND PLACE THE TRANSFER POWDER SIDE DOWN ON THE GARMENT. PRESS FOR 30 SECONDS. AFTER PRESS- ING, WAIT 30 SECONDS BEFORE PEELING. Dye-sub print sublimation paper can be used with dye-sublimation printers to create full-color results on light-colored polyester shirts. (Image courtesy Transfer Paper Experts)

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