How to Convert an Epson ET-3760 Printer to Sublimation Printer

Apr 14, 2021 | Sublimation, Tutorials

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If you love the results of screen printing with vinyl, you are going to LOVE sublimation. While the results of a screen printed shirt and sublimation shirt are very similar, the process is a good bit different.

Sublimation is the process of transferring ink that is printed on a special paper to your fabric. Using heat, the ink and fabric become one, leaving a design that will not peel or crack.

You may have used sublimation before if you have tried Cricut's line of Infusible Inks

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how you can print your own designs for sublimation rather than using the Infusible Ink sheets or pens.  Being able to print any design from your computer means you can get creative with full color designs! 

I'm going to walk you through how to setup a printer for sublimation.  Then, I'll show you just how easy it is to make your first sublimation t-shirt.

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Supplies You Will Need to Convert an Epson ET-3760 to a Sublimation Printer

How to Setup a Sublimation Printer

Epson tankless printers are prefect for converting to sublimation printers.  I chose the ET-3760 which prints up to 8.5″x11″ sheets. If you have the budget for a larger machine, you should check out the Epson ET-1500 which prints larger 13×19″ designs.

I recommend purchasing a new printer to start this process. It's much easier than trying to clean out the inkjet ink from an old printer.

When you unbox the printer, it will come with inkjet bottles.  You won’t need these inks.  Instead, you are going to want to use Hiipoo sublimation ink in each of the tanks.

The Hiipoo sublimation ink package comes with a black (B), cyan (C), yellow (Y) and magenta (M).  Use the included syringes to fill the corresponding tanks in your Epson printer.

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Go slow – you don’t want to overfill the tanks.  You can see the ink level through the front of the machine, so stop before it overflows!

After your ink tanks are filled, your printer will need to finish the setup process.  This process will use up some of the ink you just filled. 

Once the setup is complete, you may need to top off your tanks before you print your first design. I didn't refill mine right away and the first print had some streaks through it. For best results, you want to have plenty of ink in the tanks.

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Sublimation Designs

You can design your own graphics for sublimation or you can purchase pre-designed files.  I find a lot of great designs on Etsy.  This saves me a ton of time not starting from scratch.  I can download a design from Etsy and have a finished shirt in under 15 minutes!

Unlike the Cricut, you can use PNG files since we are printing the design instead of cutting it. This means full color designs and photos are possible with sublimation! 

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Which Program Do I Use?

I use Photoshop for my sublimation projects.  Photoshop is a graphic design program that allows you do various text effects, gradients and so much more.  I also find it very easy to size my design to match the size of my blank. This program can be intimidating if you have never used it, but it's worth looking into if you are interested in designing your own images.

While Photoshop is great for designing your own images, if you plan to purchase or download pre-made designs, you don’t need a program like this. You could use Word or Adobe Acrobat to size and print your designs.

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Making Your First Sublimation Print

The most important step when printing your sublimation artwork is to MIRROR the design.  Once the design prints, you are going to flip it over and press it on the shirt, so it’s important that your design is mirrored on the paper.

In Photoshop, you can mirror the design by going to Image > Image Rotation > Flip Canvas Horizontally.

Once your design has printed on the sublimation paper, you can immediately iron it on your blank.

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Preparing Your Blank for Sublimation

Before you place your design on your blank, it’s important that you prepare the blank.  If you have any wrinkles, be sure to press or iron those out. 

Using a lint roller, carefully lint roll your entire blank.  Any loose fibers left on your shirt will create permanent blue marks on your shirt (or blank) when it is heat set.  It’s very important you don’t skip this step…. even if the blank is brand new out of the package.  Use the lint roller!

Once your shirt is free of lint, place the design face down on the shirt.  Using heat resistant tape, secure your design to the blank.

Place a sheet of card stock inside your shirt to catch any ink that might seep through the material.  You don't want ink going through to the back of your shirt! 

Align your shirt on your heat press, making sure the entire design is under the press. 

Cover the design with a sheet of Teflon or butcher paper.  This will keep ink from getting on your press, so it's important that you put something between your design and the press.

Now you are ready to press!  You will want to follow the time and temperature settings on your sublimation paper or blanks.  I found that the A-SUB brand pressed well at 400 degrees for 45 seconds on polyester t-shirts.

Carefully remove your shirt from the press after the timer goes off.  Remove the sublimation paper to reveal your design!

You are all done!  Your shirt can be washed and worn immediately. 

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What types of blanks work for sublimation?

If you like the dry-fit, 100% polyester style shirts, you are in luck.  Sublimation works best on 100% polyester.

Using 100% polyester is ideal for the brightest print that won't fade.  You can use poly-blend shirts but there is a chance they will fade after a few washes.

While you can use sublimation on any color polyester,  you'll find that your inks will show up best on light color polyester.  The ink on a darker shirt will look more muted or faded. 

My favorite polyester shirt for sublimation is the 21M Jerzees T-Shirt. They actually feel more like a cotton shirt than any of the other 100% polyester shirts I have tried. 

Which Heat Press Works Best for Sublimation?

The key ingredient to getting a good sublimation print is heat.  Investing in a high quality heat press is going to ensure your sublimations prints are consistently bright and vibrant.

You want to make sure you use a press that is larger than your design.  Moving your press during the process can cause a shadowing effect in your design.  I use this 15×15 heat press from Pro World.

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In addition to t-shirts, there are tons of sublimation blanks available.  With sublimation, you can print a photo or design on Hat Patches, Sublimation Puzzles, and so much more.

You can even use this process to print photos or design to print on coffee mugs using the new Cricut Mug Press!

Be sure to explore all of the sublimation blanks available – you will be amazed!


  1. Can any Inkjet printer be converted to a sublimation printer?

    • You need to find one that doesn’t use heat in the printing process. Plus, these Epson printers don’t take cartridges, instead, you fill them with the sublimation ink.

  2. Does it have to be an Epson or can it be any tankless inkjet?

    • Any tankless, but you need to make sure it doesn’t use heat during the printing process!

  3. Can you use Cricut easy press instead of a heat press?

    • Yes! Just make sure your Easy Press is larger than your design. You don’t want to have to move the heat press once you place it on the sublimation paper.

      • I bought the Epson 3760 and Hiipoo sublimation inks. I am using the A-Sub sublimation paper, and a 10 x 12 Easy Press 2.
        I first printed using the plain/bright white paper setting, and set my Easy Press 2 to 385 degrees for 40 seconds, same as I do for infusible ink, and got absolutely no transfer to the shirt (Cricut blank).
        Second try I ran with the printer set to presentation paper matte, with quality set to high. Pressed at 400 degrees and 50 seconds. Again got no transfer at all, the shirt looked no different than when it came out of the bag.
        Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong, or what settings to change when printing??

  4. Will all of the Epson tankless printers work? I’m looking at a ET-2750 and a ET-2720 but I can’t find where it specifies if they use heat in printing or not.

    • Yes! I believe both of those will work!

  5. Hello,

    I am a beginner with sublimation and am looking for information when it comes to maintenance of the Epson ET3760. I was only able to find one article that said the printer would have to be used every 1-3 days otherwise the printer heads would dry up… Is this true? I ask because I don’t anticipate I will use it that often until I start to sell some of the items I create. Any input or advice is much appreciated!


    • I use mine only a handful of times per month. I don’t do any maintenance to it between uses. I haven’t had any issues with drying up… it works great even after it’s been sitting unused for a while! Hope that helps!

  6. This is the first tutorial that uses the same Epson printer I purchased. I also got the Hiipoo ink, but I keep reading that I need to have ICC color something or other for the colors to work for Sublimation. Did you do anything special to this printer to make it work for sublimation other than just set it up how it says, ie any special sublimation drivers or codes, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Just viewed your video on Epson 3720.
    I can still use the printer for regular & picture printings?

    • I would love to know this also. Can you you stil use the printer as normal if you switch out the ink?

  8. I bought the Epson 3760 and Hiipoo sublimation inks. I am using the A-Sub sublimation paper, and a 10 x 12 Easy Press 2.
    I first printed using the plain/bright white paper setting, and set my Easy Press 2 to 385 degrees for 40 seconds, same as I do for infusible ink, and got absolutely no transfer to the shirt (Cricut blank).
    Second try I ran with the printer set to presentation paper matte, with quality set to high. Pressed at 400 degrees and 50 seconds. Again got no transfer at all, the shirt looked no different than when it came out of the bag.
    Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong, or what settings to change when printing??

    • I’m super curious why Mike’s not able to transfer the print to the shirt, as I’m preparing to invest in the same equipment.

    • Hi Mike, Have you tried applying pressure to the Easy Press? I would go for 45-50 sec at 400 with medium pressure. If you are still not having any luck, double check that you have the Hiipoo sublimation ink (they sell regular ink too) and that you are printing on the white side of the sublimation paper.

  9. I’m getting a huge blue tint to everything I print with this set up, any advice?

  10. Hello, What settings do you set the printer to for the sublimation printing

  11. Hello! I purchased an Epson ET-3760 for sublimation printing. However, when I set it up I put the wrong ink in the tanks. I emptied those tanks and filled it with sublimation ink. I’ve printed several sheets to try to push the old ink out however it still isn’t transferring and I’m using the A sub paper. Do you know what I can do or what I am doing wrong? I have an order I am trying to full fill this week.

  12. Hi…I have the exact same printer, same ink and same paper. Can you tell me what settings you use for printing? The ICC profile that Hiipoo Ink recently released for the ET-3760 does not work well at all. Thanks for any advice you can provide. I’m just not loving the print/press results I am getting. Thanks so much.

  13. Damn girl. Sounds like this ain’t working for nobody but you. Better get back at these people questions or there be a riot up in here

  14. What settings in Photoshop do you use when printing on the sublimation paper?


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