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Tips for Successful Sublimation  Sublimation is not just printing and applying - there are more factors to play a role in obtaining a perfect print. After many trial and error we have establish a list of best practice to follow to successfully sublimate the most popular sublimation products. Polyester Fabric
- To ensure the best colour & wash fastness, use 100% Polyester Fabric.  - Transfers should be removed immediately after the fabric is removed from the heat press.  Maintain appropriate heat press time, temperature & pressure.  - Warning: Shortening pressing times will result in good surface colour but the sublimation dyes will not completely penetrate the polyester fibers. This leaves the dyes more susceptible to wash out.  - Warning: Adding more pressing times and too much pressure will cause the dye molecules to penetrate deeper into the fiber, creating a washed out look.  - Warning: Getting the right temperature setting is vital for achieving desired results. Higher temperatures can damage the polyester fibers to the point that they cannot properly “hold” the dyes.
Metal
- To obtain the best results when printing onto metal, place the transfer between the metal and an absorbent cloth or fresh, non-textured paper towel. This will absorb any dyes that pass back through the paper and any moisture released during the transfer process. If you have problems with inconsistently filled areas, this may alleviate the problem.
Ceramic Tile
- When transferring onto ceramic tiles, immediately peel the paper off of the ceramic after removing it from the heat press. Once the paper has been removed, cool the ceramic by submerging it in cool water, or run water over it from the faucet. If paper residue remains on the surface of the ceramic, clean with citrus cleaner.  -If the image being transferred onto the tile runs from edge to edge or is part of a mural it’s wise to make your image a 1/8” to 1/4” wider so that no white space is visible after transferring.
Mugs
- Mugs are hot when being removed from a mug press. Be careful not to touch any of the heated area. It is recommended to use a hot pad or heat glove to remove the mug from the press.  - When transferring onto mugs, immediately peel the paper off of the ceramic after removing it from the heat press. Once the paper has been removed, cool the ceramic by submerging it in cool water, or run water over it from the faucet. If paper residue remains on the surface of the ceramic, clean with citrus cleaner.
Polyester T-Shirts or Performance Apparel
- The presence of moisture in your fabric can lead to bleeding of the image. Remove moisture by pre-pressing your shirt for 10 seconds. Use a Teflon sheets between the front and back of the shirt to prevent the inks from penetrating to the other side of the shirt. If dye residue from your heat press is being deposited on your shirts at any time, heat press a paper towel or similar absorbent material to remove it.  - Using a lint brush before pressing can greatly reduce lint or debris on the shirt.
Moisture & Humidity Problems The addition of moisture to the sublimation process can cause unwanted results. Under normal circumstances, the small amount of moisture that can accumulate in your paper is absorbed directly into the transfer substrate; however hard substrates like metal and ceramic are unable to absorb excess moisture. Some of problems that are attributed to moisture include: colour shifting (colours lose accuracy), bleeding of the image, and uneven transfer of solid filled areas.  To avoid these
- Keep your paper in a dry place.  - If you suspect moisture, set the paper on your press for a few seconds. Do not press it. Just expose it to the warmth. The heat radiating from the press should help evaporate most of the moisture.  - To eliminate moisture in fabric, press the fabric for 10 seconds before doing the heat transfer.  - Use an absorbent cloth or fresh, non-textured paper towel behind the transfer sheet to absorb the moisture.  Sublimation is truly a great decorating technology with a huge variety of products that can be printed and sold, and a lot of the items have a really good profit margin for your business. The first step to success is to remember how to set the right setting for your product!  Got any question or request for our tip of the week? Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us

Tips for Successful Sublimation
Sublimation is not just printing and applying - there are more factors to play a role in obtaining a perfect print. After many trial and error we have establish a list of best practice to follow to successfully sublimate the most popular sublimation products.

Polyester Fabric

- To ensure the best colour & wash fastness, use 100% Polyester Fabric.

- Transfers should be removed immediately after the fabric is removed from the heat press.

Maintain appropriate heat press time, temperature & pressure.

- Warning: Shortening pressing times will result in good surface colour but the sublimation dyes will not completely penetrate the polyester fibers. This leaves the dyes more susceptible to wash out.

- Warning: Adding more pressing times and too much pressure will cause the dye molecules to penetrate deeper into the fiber, creating a washed out look.

- Warning: Getting the right temperature setting is vital for achieving desired results. Higher temperatures can damage the polyester fibers to the point that they cannot properly “hold” the dyes.

Metal

- To obtain the best results when printing onto metal, place the transfer between the metal and an absorbent cloth or fresh, non-textured paper towel. This will absorb any dyes that pass back through the paper and any moisture released during the transfer process. If you have problems with inconsistently filled areas, this may alleviate the problem.


Ceramic Tile

- When transferring onto ceramic tiles, immediately peel the paper off of the ceramic after removing it from the heat press. Once the paper has been removed, cool the ceramic by submerging it in cool water, or run water over it from the faucet. If paper residue remains on the surface of the ceramic, clean with citrus cleaner.

-If the image being transferred onto the tile runs from edge to edge or is part of a mural it’s wise to make your image a 1/8” to 1/4” wider so that no white space is visible after transferring.


Mugs

- Mugs are hot when being removed from a mug press. Be careful not to touch any of the heated area. It is recommended to use a hot pad or heat glove to remove the mug from the press.

- When transferring onto mugs, immediately peel the paper off of the ceramic after removing it from the heat press. Once the paper has been removed, cool the ceramic by submerging it in cool water, or run water over it from the faucet. If paper residue remains on the surface of the ceramic, clean with citrus cleaner.


Polyester T-Shirts or Performance Apparel

- The presence of moisture in your fabric can lead to bleeding of the image. Remove moisture by pre-pressing your shirt for 10 seconds. Use a Teflon sheets between the front and back of the shirt to prevent the inks from penetrating to the other side of the shirt. If dye residue from your heat press is being deposited on your shirts at any time, heat press a paper towel or similar absorbent material to remove it.

- Using a lint brush before pressing can greatly reduce lint or debris on the shirt.


Moisture & Humidity Problems

The addition of moisture to the sublimation process can cause unwanted results. Under normal circumstances, the small amount of moisture that can accumulate in your paper is absorbed directly into the transfer substrate; however hard substrates like metal and ceramic are unable to absorb excess moisture. Some of problems that are attributed to moisture include: colour shifting (colours lose accuracy), bleeding of the image, and uneven transfer of solid filled areas.

To avoid these

- Keep your paper in a dry place.

- If you suspect moisture, set the paper on your press for a few seconds. Do not press it. Just expose it to the warmth. The heat radiating from the press should help evaporate most of the moisture.

- To eliminate moisture in fabric, press the fabric for 10 seconds before doing the heat transfer.

- Use an absorbent cloth or fresh, non-textured paper towel behind the transfer sheet to absorb the moisture.

Sublimation is truly a great decorating technology with a huge variety of products that can be printed and sold, and a lot of the items have a really good profit margin for your business. The first step to success is to remember how to set the right setting for your product!

Got any question or request for our tip of the week? Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us

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CHROMABLAST - COLOR PRINTING ON LIGHT COLORED COTTON FABRICS
ChromaBlast cotton transfer solutions is a great solution for printing high quality, full color images on cotton products without the high cost of a direct-to-garment printer or the complexity of screen-printing. Delivers commercial quality prints, with unmatched color vibrancy, wash-fastness and an exceptionally soft feel. ChromaBlast is the professional’s choice for digitally printing white and light colored t-shirts, tote bags and other cotton fabrics.
HEAT PRESS
Depending of your production requirement you will need the right heat press.
For creating large items like t-shirt.
To create hats you will need an hat press.
CHROMABLAST PRINTER 
ChromaBlast printer, are special printer that can handle the ChromaBlast ink. For small print (8 1/2” * 11”) or (11 * 17) we recommend the RICOH printer.
Color profile: Before purchasing any ChromaBlast printer, ask if the printer have a color profile for the ChromaBlast ink. A color profile will configure the optimal ink colors to make them shiny and vibrant. Without the final result will not look the same as the image on your computer.
*Note: When you put ChromaBlast ink in a printer it is not recommended to change for another ink type like inkjet, if you do so the ink won’t transfer properly because both ink cannot mix and you will have to ask an printer technician to fix the printer for you. This is why we strongly recommend to stick to only one type of ink.
CHROMABLAST INK
ChromaBlast-R ink a high-yield gel cotton printing ink for Ricoh inkjet printers. The only manufacturer of this type of ink for small printer is Sawgrass.
In north america, retailler’s are not authorized to sell other ink like chinese sublimation ink and we do not recommend chinese ink. Because, they’re cheaper, they can broke your printer and it’s void the printer warranty.
CHROMABLAST TRANSFER PAPER
ChromaBlast paper is a special paper that is use to transfer the ChromaBlast ink from your printer to a cotton surface. This paper is heat resistant so it won’t caught in fire. We have tested many transfer paper and we found that the ChromaBlast heat transfer paper paper offer the best quality. Other paper like chinese paper are cheaper and will not offer the same vibrant ink transfer quality.
PRO: Can print on light colored t-shirts, tote bags and other media. More affordable than direct to garnment, easier than screen printing, great for small order. The ink offer a soft feel on clothing. CONS: Cannot print on dark colored clothing. Not recommended for large production (100 shirts or mores).
Got any question or request for our tip of the week? Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us

CHROMABLAST - COLOR PRINTING ON LIGHT COLORED COTTON FABRICS

ChromaBlast cotton transfer solutions is a great solution for printing high quality, full color images on cotton products without the high cost of a direct-to-garment printer or the complexity of screen-printing. Delivers commercial quality prints, with unmatched color vibrancy, wash-fastness and an exceptionally soft feel. ChromaBlast is the professional’s choice for digitally printing white and light colored t-shirts, tote bags and other cotton fabrics.


HEAT PRESS

Depending of your production requirement you will need the right heat press.

  • For creating large items like t-shirt.
  • To create hats you will need an hat press.


CHROMABLAST PRINTER

ChromaBlast printer, are special printer that can handle the ChromaBlast ink. For small print (8 1/2” * 11”) or (11 * 17) we recommend the RICOH printer.

Color profile: Before purchasing any ChromaBlast printer, ask if the printer have a color profile for the ChromaBlast ink. A color profile will configure the optimal ink colors to make them shiny and vibrant. Without the final result will not look the same as the image on your computer.

*Note: When you put ChromaBlast ink in a printer it is not recommended to change for another ink type like inkjet, if you do so the ink won’t transfer properly because both ink cannot mix and you will have to ask an printer technician to fix the printer for you. This is why we strongly recommend to stick to only one type of ink.


CHROMABLAST INK

ChromaBlast-R ink a high-yield gel cotton printing ink for Ricoh inkjet printers. The only manufacturer of this type of ink for small printer is Sawgrass.

In north america, retailler’s are not authorized to sell other ink like chinese sublimation ink and we do not recommend chinese ink. Because, they’re cheaper, they can broke your printer and it’s void the printer warranty.


CHROMABLAST TRANSFER PAPER

ChromaBlast paper is a special paper that is use to transfer the ChromaBlast ink from your printer to a cotton surface. This paper is heat resistant so it won’t caught in fire. We have tested many transfer paper and we found that the ChromaBlast heat transfer paper paper offer the best quality. Other paper like chinese paper are cheaper and will not offer the same vibrant ink transfer quality.

PRO: Can print on light colored t-shirts, tote bags and other media. More affordable than direct to garnment, easier than screen printing, great for small order. The ink offer a soft feel on clothing.

CONS: Cannot print on dark colored clothing. Not recommended for large production (100 shirts or mores).

Got any question or request for our tip of the week?
Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us

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TIP OF THE WEEK
SUBLIMATION
Sublimation printing allows businesses to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. Sublimation printing has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until Sawgrass Technologies discovered a way to formulate sublimation inks so that they would print through an inkjet printer that it became an economical and practical way to decorate a variety of substrates.
Though the production technique is relatively simple, it’s the chemical process that separates sublimation from any other form of digital printing. When sublimation inks are heated to 400°F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to 100% polyester fabric or items that have a polymer coating. The result is a premium full-color, photographic-quality image that will not crack, peel or wash away from the substrate.
POPULAR SUBTRACTS
Mugs, hats, keyrings, metal plates, mouse pads, beer mugs, water bottles, ceramic tiles, phone cases, coasters and much more…
HEAT PRESS
Depending of the subtract or your production requirement you will need the right heat press.
To creating large items like t-shirt or metal sheets your will need to use an heat press.
To create mugs you will need an mug press.
To create hats you will need an hat press.
To create plates you will need an plates press.
To create small 3D item you will need a 3D sublimation press that will allow to create up to 12 mugs at the same time or other smaller object like shooters, phones cases…
SUBLIMATION PRINTER 
Sublimation printer, are special printer that can handle the sublimation ink. For small print (8 1/2” * 11”) or (11 * 17) we recommend the RICOH printer. For bigger needs we recommend bigger sublimation printer like the MUTOH large format sublimation printer.
Color profile: Before purchasing any sublimation printer, ask if the printer have a color profile for the sublimation ink. A color profile will configure the optimal ink colors to make them shiny and vibrant. Without the final result will not look the same as the image on your computer.
Ink consistency: When you put sublimation ink in a printer it is not recommended to change for another ink type like inkjet, if you do so the ink won’t transfer properly because both ink cannot mix and you will have to ask an printer technician to fix the printer for you. This is why we strongly recommend to stick to only one type of ink.
SUBLIMATION INK
Sublimation ink are special ink that will bond during the heat transfer process with polyester surfaces. The only distributor of this type of ink for small printer is Sawgrass.
In north america, retailler’s are not authorized to sell other ink like chinese sublimation ink and we do not recommend chinese ink. Because, they’re cheaper, they can broke your printer and it may void the printer warranty.
SUBLIMATION TRANSFER PAPER
Sublimation paper is a special paper that is use to transfer the sublimation ink from your printer to the sublimation blank. This paper is heat resistant so it won’t caught in fire. We have tested many transfer paper and we found that the beaver paper offer the best quality. Other paper like chinese paper are cheaper and will not offer the same vibrant ink transfer quality.
HEAT TRANSFER TAPE
Heat transfer resistant tape are use to stick the paper on the subtract for the heat transfer process, than remove when the transfer is finish.
CONSISTENCY
The simple and most important rule for sublimation printing is consistency. Any change in a variety of variables—substrate, sublimation paper selection, pressing time, temperature and pressure—will impact the final output. Therefore, it’s necessary to experiment and test as needed in order to generate the desired results, then establish a set of standards to work by… with the full understanding that a change in the standards can lead to a change in the appearance and quality of the final product.
PRO: Low cost, Simple to use, Simple to learn, Allow you to diversify your production and create custom items for personnal and marketing need. CONS: Solution only work on white polyester T-Shirt. The printer must be use frequently (once a week) or the auto-wash function will start and drain a little bit of ink.
Got any question or request for our tip of the week?Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us


TIP OF THE WEEK


SUBLIMATION

Sublimation printing allows businesses to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. Sublimation printing has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until Sawgrass Technologies discovered a way to formulate sublimation inks so that they would print through an inkjet printer that it became an economical and practical way to decorate a variety of substrates.

Though the production technique is relatively simple, it’s the chemical process that separates sublimation from any other form of digital printing. When sublimation inks are heated to 400°F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to 100% polyester fabric or items that have a polymer coating. The result is a premium full-color, photographic-quality image that will not crack, peel or wash away from the substrate.


POPULAR SUBTRACTS

Mugs, hats, keyrings, metal plates, mouse pads, beer mugs, water bottles, ceramic tiles, phone cases, coasters and much more…


HEAT PRESS

Depending of the subtract or your production requirement you will need the right heat press.

  • To creating large items like t-shirt or metal sheets your will need to use an heat press.
  • To create mugs you will need an mug press.
  • To create hats you will need an hat press.
  • To create plates you will need an plates press.
  • To create small 3D item you will need a 3D sublimation press that will allow to create up to 12 mugs at the same time or other smaller object like shooters, phones cases…


SUBLIMATION PRINTER

Sublimation printer, are special printer that can handle the sublimation ink. For small print (8 1/2” * 11”) or (11 * 17) we recommend the RICOH printer. For bigger needs we recommend bigger sublimation printer like the MUTOH large format sublimation printer.

Color profile: Before purchasing any sublimation printer, ask if the printer have a color profile for the sublimation ink. A color profile will configure the optimal ink colors to make them shiny and vibrant. Without the final result will not look the same as the image on your computer.

Ink consistency: When you put sublimation ink in a printer it is not recommended to change for another ink type like inkjet, if you do so the ink won’t transfer properly because both ink cannot mix and you will have to ask an printer technician to fix the printer for you. This is why we strongly recommend to stick to only one type of ink.


SUBLIMATION INK

Sublimation ink are special ink that will bond during the heat transfer process with polyester surfaces. The only distributor of this type of ink for small printer is Sawgrass.

In north america, retailler’s are not authorized to sell other ink like chinese sublimation ink and we do not recommend chinese ink. Because, they’re cheaper, they can broke your printer and it may void the printer warranty.


SUBLIMATION TRANSFER PAPER

Sublimation paper is a special paper that is use to transfer the sublimation ink from your printer to the sublimation blank. This paper is heat resistant so it won’t caught in fire. We have tested many transfer paper and we found that the beaver paper offer the best quality. Other paper like chinese paper are cheaper and will not offer the same vibrant ink transfer quality.


HEAT TRANSFER TAPE

Heat transfer resistant tape are use to stick the paper on the subtract for the heat transfer process, than remove when the transfer is finish.


CONSISTENCY

The simple and most important rule for sublimation printing is consistency. Any change in a variety of variables—substrate, sublimation paper selection, pressing time, temperature and pressure—will impact the final output. Therefore, it’s necessary to experiment and test as needed in order to generate the desired results, then establish a set of standards to work by… with the full understanding that a change in the standards can lead to a change in the appearance and quality of the final product.

PRO: Low cost, Simple to use, Simple to learn, Allow you to diversify your production and create custom items for personnal and marketing need. 

CONS: Solution only work on white polyester T-Shirt. The printer must be use frequently (once a week) or the auto-wash function will start and drain a little bit of ink.

Got any question or request for our tip of the week?
Please submit them to signmax@signmax.us

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