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Regular photo paper for dye sublimation??

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Default Regular photo paper for dye sublimation??

I am new at this and I apologize for the possible complete foolishness in the following question...

I have a Canon Selphy CP1300. I watched a video on YouTube where the regular canon photo paper was used to sublimate a mug. I attempted it on polyester socks with little to no transfer of the dye. Fast forward to the arrival of easysubli paper and my printer won’t even print on it. What am I doing wrong?

Is it even possible to use the regular paper or is sublimation paper required?

Thank you in advance.
 
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Hi. You'll never sublimate anything with that printer. It's a totally different technology designed for producing photo prints from smart devices.

It's unfortunate they use the same names for these incompatible printers. You need a printer with a piezo head, such as an Epson or Ricoh, to be able to print it on sublimation paper and press onto sublimation blanks.
 
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Hi. You'll never sublimate anything with that printer. It's a totally different technology designed for producing photo prints from smart devices.

It's unfortunate they use the same names for these incompatible printers. You need a printer with a piezo head, such as an Epson or Ricoh, to be able to print it on sublimation paper and press onto sublimation blanks.
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Oh man. I knew I was missing something. Thank you for the info! Any suggestions for beginner sublimation printer while on a budget? Got a heat press and a bunch of items to sublimate on based on that one YouTube video. 🏼🏼
 
 
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Most Epsons can use sublimation inks and provide good quality prints at a budget price. I don't use Epsons myself though, so it may be best if you wait for another member to add their input on the best model and inks to use.

Also, you may come across Sawgrass inks. They are good inks but very overpriced in my opinion. There are third-party inks that perform as well, or better than Sawgrass inks, so do your research before shelling out.
 






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