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Speaking with Heat Transfer Express today, was advised that they do not have the Cobra version 4.2 ink for Epson desktop printers. Only the 4.3, which by their admission is different as it does not use profiles, whereas the 4.2 version does.

Another problem is that they have the 4.3 ink available in only 1 litre bottles. I use smaller bottles and toss the old stuff to stay fresh.

While they expect to have it available at some unknown date - at least several months distant - there must be an alternative available elsewhere now.

Going from 4.2 using color profiles to 4.3 with no profiles would mean changing existing print files to match color output. So a change of brands is no different and not necessarily a problem.

What alternatives have you guys found?
 

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I'm using InkOwl, now. It can be had in smaller quantities, which is important to me as well. They have a lot of profiles, but I ended up directly tweaking the color balance in the Epson controls for use on mugs. Best would always be profiling through your own printer onto every substrate type, which I would do if printing people/fleshtones, but I'm not.
 

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The company may say that there are "no profiles" but that just means you get general colors that will still need to be tweaked. With sublimation there are too many variables for them to say that you won't need an ICC profile. It really depends on your setup and what blanks that you're using. Like NoXid, I use InkOwl as they have a good color gamut and their inks are available individually at different sizes. They also provide some ICC profiles but I ended up building my own for each substrate.
 
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