When you had prepared your artwork,it is printed with dye-sub ink onto your special sublimation paper. The ink is usually a lot more dense that regular printed paper. You should then cut off any excess paper so you can begin transferring the image. First, center your artwork on the coated sublimation mug and then apply heat-resistant tape to keep it in place.
Your mug and artwork is then ready to be transferred into the heat press. The mug then takes 3-5 clamped into the sublimation heat-press, which heats your mug up to transfer the ink. What makes sublimation different that other printing methods is the way that the artwork is transferred onto a product. When heated to such extreme temperatures, the ink your artwork is printed with gets so hot, it is absorbed by the mug material itself. After the 3-5 minutes have elapsed, you can remove your mug from the heat press, take off the tape and artwork, and then place it into a bucket of water. The water is crucial to the process, allowing the mug to cool quickly, permanently sealing in the sublimation inks, making the art and mug one single product.
Without the ink transfer process,we will get the perfect effect of sublimation printing for mugs.Because the ink itself is absorbed into the product, it is almost as if you are gazing into a full color picture itself, rather than a printed mug. This is why sublimation photo mugs have become such popular gifts and souvenirs for events and occasions of every kind.