Learn All About Sublimation

Sublimation vs. Screen Printing

Not sure which process you should be using to make custom shirts and other products?  My favorite methods include screen printing with vinyl, sublimation and Supacolor heat transfers. Which method I use depends on the project I am making.

Watch this video as I explain the differences in each process.  You can also read this post:  Sublimation vs. Screen Printing

Best Sublimation Printer

Ready to get started with sublimation?  The most difficult decisions is which printer to purchase.  I started with an Epson Ecotank printer that I converted to a sublimation printer.  This was an inexpensive DIY hack to get me started.  However, I ran into some problems with this printer.

Watch this video as I explain what happened to my Epson Ecotank and why I replaced it with the Sawgrass SG1000.

Sublimation Printers

I have curated my favorite sublimation printer packages from Pro World to help you get the best deal on the basic equipment you need to get started.

Sublimation Printer Starter Package

Sublimation Printer + Mug Press Bundle

sublimation printer sg500 starter

SG 500 Sublimation Printer

sublimation sg1000 -pro

SG 1000 Sublimation Printer

Is sublimation better than screen printing?

Screen printing and sublimation are 2 different processes.  Both have their pros and cons. The best process really depends on the project you are making.  Read this post for a comparison between the 2 methods: Screen Printing vs. Sublimation

How durable is sublimation? Does it fade with washing?

Sublimating on 100% polyester will create a permanent design that is going to hold up great wash after wash. Using lower polyester count fabrics will cause the design to fade some in the wash. This fading gives a nice vintage effect.

How does sublimation work on dark/red color fabric?

While sublimation does work on dark or colored fabrics, your results will vary greatly. Sublimation is a dying process. Lighter color inks will dye on top dark colors, but you won't be able to see it very well, if at all.  

What types of shirts work with sublimation?

Sublimation printing is only suitable for garments that include polyester. While 100% polyester gives you the most vivid results, you can use poly blends.  I would recommend using shirts with at least 50% or higher polyester. Shop sublimation blanks at low prices

What other products can you sublimate?

There are tons of sublimation-friendly blanks available. Always be sure you are purchasing true sublimation blanks.  Not all white mugs or tumblers will take sublimation.  Pro World has a huge selection of blanks that are designed for sublimation. 

Can I use a regular printer for sublimation?

No, a regular inkjet or laser printer will not work for sublimation. Sublimation requires a special ink. While you can convert a tankless printer, like the Epson Ecotank printers, this printer did not have a long lifespan for me. I recommend investing in a legitimate sublimation printer like the SG500 sublimation printer or SG1000 sublimation printer.

My Favorite Shirts for Sublimation

These are my favorite 100% polyester jersey knit t-shirts – perfect for sublimation when you want a shirt that feels more like a cotton/poly blend.