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Getting Started With Dye Sublimation

In order to sublimate you need five things. First you need sublimation ink. Then you need the printer for which the sublimation ink was designed. You also need some sublimation paper on which to print your...

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Not sure I get the point on why you would go through so much to simply dye sublimate a shirt. Not sure what market this would serve nor understand how it could be cost effective.
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Default Re: Getting Started With Dye Sublimation

It's information, not a sales pitch. Any given person will use and dismiss whatever needed for their situation.

I have posted a handful of methods here and there are many, many others. Each having their own advantages and disadvantages. The answers to your questions would vary for each method.

The theme throughout is that the science and application of sublimation is more than what is currently pushed by the t-shirt industry. My assumption as to why is because the other methods do not require expensive inks and equipment (some of which are dedicated to providing one specific service) that vendors can make a nice margin of profit on. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anyone making money. But because the other methods may not put money into their pockets doesn't mean that it can't put money into ours.

An example that has not been posted in the thread yet is with custom rhinestoning. Damn near everybody and their brother is doing it. What can someone who is currently only custom rhinestoning do to set themselves apart from the crowd? Sublimation. And right about here is when the excited soccer mom looking to make money on the side gets a wrinkled forehead and frown. They read "sublimation" and automatically dismiss it due to its cost.

Fact is, they can easily add sublimation of either an outline or silhouette to their design for as little as $4. And that $4 will add sublimation to their design for at least 100 shirts before having to invest another whopping $4. It will take maybe 15 minutes to do the initial setup and then you are good to go until the next $4 is spent. The sublimation is done at the same time as the rhinestones so there is only one extra step that takes a second or two and can easily be added to the workstation. For a more detailed design like that used in the stamping hobby/craft, the initial setup would take a half hour and be good forever.

For four cents you can easily add a couple of bucks or more to the price tag of your shirt.
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Default Re: Getting Started With Dye Sublimation

Sublimation, when referred to as the actual science, doesn't take place until the heat is applied. It doesn't matter how the dye was applied so long as any alterations to its makeup do not interfere with with the science
I think that may be where the confusion is coming in. Generally, on this forum and in this industry, when people refer to sublimation, they just mean the dye sublimation that uses special inks applied with a heat press. It never has anything to do with a screen printing process or airbrush process.

I get what you're saying though...it's just not what the common usage here and this article was covering the dye sublimation basics for those new to the process.
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