What Is Important of Dye Sublimtion Paper (1)

What Is  Important of Dye Sublimtion Paper (1)

dye sublimation paper

We talk about a lot of things when we talk about sublimation.  Blanks, inks, time, temperature and pressure, printers, heat presses, marketing and many,many other things.  But, one of the unsung heroes and often overlooked items is paper.  dye Sublimation Paper.  Inkjet Dye Sublimation could not happen without paper.  It is one of the most important components, and it can be confusing, so we will try to explain to you what to look for in sublimation paper and what makes them different besides being in a sheet and roll form. 

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With sublimation, first you create the art with a graphics program.  To get the art from the graphics program to your finished sublimation product,you must print the design onto the sublimation paper with an inkjet printer for sublimation.  The  sublimation paper allows you to then transfer the sublimation dyes to the sublimation product.  Sublimation paper is a coated paper which holds the sublimation dyes on top of the paper when they are printed there with an inkjet printer.  When the paper is then placed against the blank sublimation product and heated with a heat press to the proper temperature, the dyes turn from a solid form on the paper and outgas into the blank product, giving you a finished full color item.Since the paper is coated, it is important to make sure you are printing on the correct side of the paper or the dyes will not outgas efficiently, and your image will look light and somewhat splotchy.NOT ALL PAPERS ARE CREATED EQUAL.There are basically threetypes of sublimation papers.  Regular and High Release papers, and Tacky or Thermal papers.  First, we will talk about the Regular sublimation papers.  Some common brand names of these papers are Textprint-R, Accuplot, and Truepix which are all 20 pound papers.  Besides that, we have a Johnson Plastics branded sublimation paper which is a heavier 31 pound paper.  The 20 and 31 pound indicate the thickness of the paper.  With the thinner paper, you need to make sure to always use blowout paper over your sublimation paper.  Since the paper is thinner, during the sublimation process, when the sublimation dyes outgas, some of the dyes can travel through the back of the paper and you need the blow out paper to stop the dyes from getting on the heat platen of your heat press.  If that happens, it could transfer onto subsequent products.  With the heavier 31 pound paper, the dyes will not do that,except for products that have a very long press time like ceramic mugs and ceramic tiles.These regular sublimation papers have a bright white and a dull white side.  The bright white side is the coated side and is the side that should be printed on.  Be aware that with most of the current desktop sublimation printers you will need to load the paper face down, as the paper flips over as it is fed through the printer.Sublimation is a process that uses an image that has been digitally created and then printed onto transfer paper using special inks called sublimation inks. The printed paper is then placed on a synthetic material (polyester) and heated at approximately 400 degrees for approximately 35 seconds. Under heat and pressure, the polyester molecules open and the sublimation dye turns to gas which will then penetrate the surface of the polyester. After the heat is removed, the polyester molecules will close and permanently trap the sublimation dyes or image into the polyester substrate.

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