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What is sublimation on cotton?
Sublimation is the simplest and most effective process for applying high quality photos or images to a wide variety of objects. It is a printing technique, which requires specific inks.
Cotton sublimation is performed on textiles that are white, or very light coloured (pale pink, pale blue, ecru...). To carry out cotton sublimation, Chromoblast or Chromablast-R ink is required.
Using an inkjet printer, the image or logo is printed on a specific paper suitable for sublimation. This is called transfer paper. With the help of a heat press, under the effect of heat (180-200°C) and pressure, the ink is deposited on the textile.
What ink should I use on cotton textiles?
Chromablast or ChromablastR ink must be used on cotton textiles.
Chromablast-R ink is suitable for Ricoh printers, Chromablast ink is suitable for Epson printers. You can perform cotton sublimation on textiles that contain at least 50% cotton, on white or very light coloured textiles (pale pink, pale blue, ecru...).
Can I use Chromablast (cotton) and Sublijet (polyester) inks in the same printer?
You must have a dye-sublimation printer for each type of ink. Thus, if you want to work on 100% cotton textiles but also on products such as mugs, or phone cases Iphone, you must have two printing systems (printers): one that will be used for Chromablast ink (cotton textiles), and one that will be used for Sublijet ink (polyester textiles and hard substrates).
Five steps to sublimate
in all simplicity
1 - Using the software (Photoshop, Coreldraw, Illustrator), select your image or logo to be printed and start printing on your specific cotton transfer paper.
2 - After having previously set the temperature, the heating time of your press and its pressure, place your media (T-shirt, polo shirt, etc.) on the press.) on the foam part of your heat press
3 - Place your transfer sheet on the T-shirt and if you wish a sheet of baking paper on top (teflon sheet)
4 - Activate your press while respecting the heating time, temperature and pressure recommended
5 - Take your T-shirt out of the press, and immediately and carefully remove your transfer paper.
Your shirt is ready to use!
Tip Créadhésif : Before starting the hot pressing operation, press your press for one or two seconds on your blank T-shirt in order to smooth your textile. This operation removes moisture from the t-shirt and allows a better transfer of your image on the textile.
What are the advantages of sublimation on cotton?
- Suitable for private individuals and professionals
- Provides perfect colour reproduction and brightness (subject to technical installation constraints)
- Unequalled respect for the t-shirt's physiognomy by adapting to the most comfortable textiles
- No possible ink smearing
- High definition image reproduction
- Exceptional machine performance
Which products are suitable for sublimation on cotton?
All textiles with a minimum of 50% cotton (white or light coloured)
Cotton sublimation allows to decorate and personalize
a wide variety of products for all types of sectors!
- Personalized gift
- Professional clothing
- Household linen
Sublimation can be adapted to all types of creations!
Which software is suitable for sublimation on cotton?
Manufacturers strongly recommend using Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel Draw software.
What is the material necessary for sublimation on cotton?
- A set of Chromablast ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, black, yellow)
- A heat press
- Items to sublimate (t-shirts, polo shirts... )