If you are wanting to try different t shirt printing methods, and are keen to give sublimation printing a go, it’s probably best to start with pre-made transfers. Buying a sublimation printer is a real commitment!
The heat press needs to reach at least 400°F. If you have problems with sublimation transfers, it’s a good idea to test the temperature of your machine with a laser thermometer. The most common problem is that the machine is not reaching the set temperature consistently across the platen.
You will also find a good range of dye sub transfers on Etsy.
When purchasing though, make sure you are not just buying sublimation designs. There are a lot of those which get mixed up in the search results! Most of the pre-printed transfers are titled ‘ready to press’.
They use ultra-premium quality, large format sublimation paper that is a thicker weight than standard. This paper holds more sublimation ink giving a deeper, more vivid transfer. These prints are good for garments as well as hard substrates.
Email through your artwork and they will print and post your finished transfers. These wholesale sublimation transfers are a good price and there are non minimum orders – get 1 or 100!
Orders are completed quickly and the quality is top notch – check out the reviews for yourself!
Print Your Own
What do you need if you want to print your own dye sub transfers?
The SawGrass Printer range is more expensive than converting an inkjet printer to sublimation (such as an Epson Workforce), but these machines give the best results.
You will also need sublimation ink and paper.
The biggest investment is obviously the printer, and once the machine has sublimation ink through it, it needs to remain a dedicated dye sub machine. It can’t be used again as an inkjet printer, for example.