Sublimation is a quick and easy way to transfer almost any design you wish from paper to a t-shirt, blouse or any other fabric you wish. Sublimation works exclusively with heat transfer papers, a printer of your choice and an iron.
The technique is easy.
First, you print the design on the heat transfer paper, then place it on top of the fabric you have chosen.
You heat your iron – no steam please- and using a soft cloth between the initial heat transfer paper and the iron to act as a barrier – you press the iron on the surface of the cloth, making sure you smoothly apply heat to all the design area.
As soon as the heat transfer paper peals off easily – you can check this by lifting a corner- you can remove the heat transfer paper and voila the design stays on the fabric.
In this way you can transfer almost any design, no matter how detailed or complex it is, without the fear of breaking it or losing detail. Sublimation is also recommended for more colorful and complicated designs. We recommend the above method for personal use at home. If you wish to create t-shirts for professional use a heat press will do a better job with the heat for more durable resorts. You must also check the quality of the heat transfer papers.
What designs can be used as sublimation files?
For the users that are not very well acquainted with file formats and softwares, usually the PNGs with transparent background are a standard secure option because you can open and print them as an image from any photo and picture editor you may have – whereas for example SVGs (which are mainly used for cut files) may not be supported. Make sure though that your software can read the transparent files.
We have started releasing files exclusively for sublimation use. And we are planning to release more files at the future. For now we have created this Easter Sublimation Bundle packed with 14 designs to easily create cute Easter kids t-shirts.