What is sublimation ink?

In the following, we would like to introduce you to the topic of sublimation ink and how to work with it so that you can decorate shirts, caps, mugs, bags or mouse pads with your favourite motif yourself. Sublimation ink is not an ordinary refill ink for your printer, but a special ink for subsequent thermal transfer to various surfaces made of polyester (e.g. T-shirts) or treated with a polyester varnish (e.g. mugs). You can only use our sublimation ink on printers with a piezo print head whose ink cartridges or tanks do not have sponges or filters. This means that you can use printers with the corresponding properties from Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki and Mutoh, among others. You cannot use our sublimation ink with devices from Canon or HP, for example, as otherwise the sublimation process is already realised during the printing process - a new thermal transfer is then no longer possible! When using printers with ink cartridges with sponges, such as the Epson 24 cartridge, the colour particles would otherwise be filtered out before printing, which is why thermal transfer is no longer possible. When printing with sublimation ink, you should always use high-quality thermal transfer paper.

Thermal transfer press

There is a suitable heat press for almost every application. We differentiate between the most common presses as follows:

  • Flat press
  • Cup press
  • Cap press
  • Small/large hand press
  • Pen transfer press

Why sublimation paper?

We recommend sublimation paper and not normal copy paper for printing and then transferring the motif to the blank. In contrast to printer paper, the printout with the same print settings on sublimation paper is more color-intensive and the contours are clearly visible. However, the difference is clearly noticeable after transferring with a transfer press: The transfer of the motif to the blank with sublimation paper is still color-intensive with sharp contours and clear color gradients, while with printer paper the print is much weaker and less bright, the contours are no longer as sharp and a clear color gradient is no longer visible for smaller motifs. In addition, you may contaminate the transfer press when transferring with normal paper. However, if you can accept compromises in terms of quality (e.g. use only for private purposes) and do not have a problem with possible contamination, then normal printer paper and an iron are of course sufficient.

Please note that with a light-colored blank, it is best to insert a silicone heating pad mat/silicone pad for heat transfer machines between the front and back to prevent the motif from "printing through".

Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, CMYK
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, CMYK
Sublimation inks for digital direct printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials and thermal transfer printing on sublimation paper
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, black
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, black
Black sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, cyan
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, cyan
Cyan sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, magenta
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, magenta
Magenta sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, yellow
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, yellow
Yellow sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )

Print settings

Due to the large number of paper types used by our customers for printing, we do not provide specific ICC color profiles for our sublimation ink - unfortunately, this exceeds our capacity. Instead, our customers adapt their ICC profile to their individual needs in terms of taste and paper used. The majority of customers achieve a harmonious result that meets their wishes in this way. You can also make adjustments via color management and print settings. Various settings for printing in general also have to be made, here as an example Brother and Epson:

BROTHER
Print medium: Brother Matte Inkjet Paper
Quality: Best
Advanced setting: Mirror print

EPSON
Print medium: Epson Matte
Quality: Strong
Additional setting: Mirror image

Sublimation paper for sublimation ink, size A4, 100 g/m², 100 sheets
Sublimation paper for sublimation ink, size A4, 100 g/m², 100 sheets
Thermal transfer paper for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable Cartridges T0441, T0444 (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable Cartridges T0441, T0444 (non-OEM) for Epson
This refillable ink cartridge can replace Epson cartridges T0441, T0442, T0443, T0444.
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Refillable Cartridges (Kit) T0631, T0634 (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable Cartridges (Kit) T0631, T0634 (non-OEM) for Epson
This refillable ink cartridge can replace Epson cartridges T0631, T0632, T0633, T0634.
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable Cartridges (kit) T0711, T0714 (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable Cartridges (kit) T0711, T0714 (non-OEM) for Epson
This refillable ink cartridge can replace Epson cartridges T0711, T0712, T0713, T0714.
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable cartridges T7011, T7014 with auto reset chip (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable cartridges T7011, T7014 with auto reset chip (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable cartridges for T7011, T7012, T7013, T7014 with auto reset chip and filler opening. The easiest way of refilling.
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable cartridges T7021, T7024 with auto reset chips (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable cartridges T7021, T7024 with auto reset chips (non-OEM) for Epson
Refillable cartridges for T7021, T7022, T7023, T7024 with auto reset chip and filler opening. The easiest way of refilling.
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 27 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 27 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable cartridges for Epson Workforce 3620, 3640, 7110, 7610, 7620
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 29 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 29 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable cartridges for Epson Expression Home XP-235, 432, 435, 332, 335, 245, 342, 345, 442, 445, 247
Content:   ( € /  )
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 79 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable ink cartridges for Epson 79 inkjet cartridges (non OEM)
Refillable cartridges for Epson Workforce PRO WF-4600, 4630, 4640, 5100, 5110, 5190, 5600, 5620, 5690
Content:   ( € /  )

Fill In, QuickFill printer cartridges for Epson 603 with autoreset chip
Fill In, QuickFill printer cartridges for Epson 603 with autoreset chip
Simply ingenious! Refillable Epson 603 printer cartridges with automatic reset chip for Expression Home XP-2100, 3100, 4100, WorkForce WF-2800
Content:   ( € /  )

Fill In cartridges for Epson 502 with autoreset chip (without ink)
Fill In cartridges for Epson 502 with autoreset chip (without ink)
Refillable Epson cartridges have an automatic reset chip and a filler opening. Simple and ingenious!
Content:   ( € /  )

Fill In, QuickFill printer cartridges with chip resetter for Epson 405
Fill In, QuickFill printer cartridges with chip resetter for Epson 405
Simply ingenious! Refillable Epson 405 printer cartridges with chip for WorkForce EC-C 7000, Pro WF-3820, WF-3825, WF-3830, WF-4820, WF-4825 with chip resetter
Content:   ( € /  )

Processing of blanks

 

Paper type

Press

Temperature

Exposure time

Contact pressure

Shirt

Sublimation paper/thermal transfer paper

Flat press/
"T-shirt press"/
hand press

200 °C60 secondsmedium - high
CupSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperMug press200 °C180 secondsmedium
MousepadSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press/hand press190 °C50 secondslow - medium
CapSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperCap press/hand press210 °C40 secondsmedium
Phone caseSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press/hand press190 °C45 secondsmedium
MatSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press190 °C80 secondsmedium
PuzzleSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C120 secondshigh
GlassSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperMug press180 °C120 secondsmedium
MugSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperMug press180 °C240 secondsmedium
ShoesSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperHand press185 - 205 °C-low - medium
KeychainSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C70 secondsmedium
Bathing shoesSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C100 secondshigh
PurseSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C180 secondshigh
BagsSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C120 secondshigh
PillowcaseSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C120 secondshigh
CeramicsSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperMug press180 °C180 secondshigh
Sheet steelSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press/hand press180 °C120 secondshigh
Laptop sleeveSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C120 secondshigh
BraceletSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C90 secondshigh
BackpackSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C180 secondshigh
Notebook/ folderSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C180 secondshigh
Tablet caseSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press180 °C180 secondshigh
Hip flaskSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press175 °C60 secondshigh
Shin guardsSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press145 °C13 minuteshigh
Jersey numberSublimation paper/vinyl/anti-sublimation materialFlat press/hand press180 °C15 secondsmedium - high
PenSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperHot air oven/pen transfer press180 °C6 minutes (oven)/180 seconds (press)high
SocksSublimation paper/thermal transfer paperFlat press200 °C60 secondshigh

 

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Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, CMYK
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, CMYK
Sublimation inks for digital direct printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials and thermal transfer printing on sublimation paper
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, black
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, black
Black sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, cyan
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, cyan
Cyan sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, magenta
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, magenta
Magenta sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, yellow
Sublimation ink for Epson, Brother, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, yellow
Yellow sublimation ink for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )
Sublimation paper for sublimation ink, size A4, 100 g/m², 100 sheets
Sublimation paper for sublimation ink, size A4, 100 g/m², 100 sheets
Thermal transfer paper for direct digital textile printing on polyester or other polyester-coated materials
Content:   ( € /  )