What Differences Between Sublimation and Inkjet Heat Transfers

                                         What Differences Between Sublimation and  Inkjet Heat Transfers
     dye sublimation printing
     There is often some confusion involving the differences between dye sublimation and inkjet transfers. Both use heat presses to "transfer" the image to the substrate at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. And in both methods the image will be printed in reverse. The main difference is in the actual transfer process that is occurring and how the image physically gets to the substrate. This means there are also differences in the items that may be decorated with either process.

     dye sublimation transfer paper
     As you can see, dye sublimation printing is not limited to tee shirts and mouse pads. Some of the most common products that can be sublimated are: tiles, "dog tags", license plates, ceramic mugs, light switch covers, clipboards, hardboard tiles, tote bags, plaques, neckties, travel mugs, ornaments, pet tags, business card holders, name badges, coasters, and clocks.
     inkjet heat transfers
     Inkjet heat transfers are limited to cotton, 50/50 poly-cotton, and other cotton blend fabrics. However, many items that are difficult to screen print may be done with inkjet heat transfers. A few of these items include: shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, mouse pads, puzzles, cubes, tote bags, miniature baby or pet garments and apparel, flags, banners, bandannas, and jackets.

     Both of these process work best on light colored items and they do tend to fade some on the first wash. But the overall benefits of these methods make them very popular in hobby and commercial applications.

    sublimated products

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