Dye Sublimation is the transfer of a dye ink in solid form to a sublimation ready product by heating the dye under pressure which then turns to gas and adheres to the product. Note that not all heat transfer processes are dye sublimation based. While the sublimation process is a simple one, there are many factors that influence the outcome and so it can at times be frustrating.
The first step will be to decide on and create a design for your chosen product, using a computer and one of the many graphics packages available on the market today. Most popular are products like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw to mention a few. Once your design is complete, you will print it out mirror image on a dedicated inkjet sublimation printer loaded with dye sublimation ink onto dye sublimation paper. Before transferring the print it should be dry but use it within a few hours. Place the print face in contact with the surface of a dye sublimation ready product and secured it in place with heat resistant tape or temporary adhesive spray. Place the product in the heat press at the specified temperature and pressure for the specified time. Take the product out of the heat press with protective gloves, remove the transfer paper and allow to cool.
Simple enough, however it is important to note that each element in the process can affect the outcome, changing one may require adjusting another. Work out a formula that works for you and stick to it. By formula we mean, always use the same dye sublimation paper ready products. Changing suppliers may mean that you are using different brands of products made by different manufacturers that work differently together affecting the time and or temperature and therefore the final result of the product. You may even find that the difference in ambient temperature between summer and winter may require that you adjust the time slightly. Times and temperatures supplied by manufacturers are guidelines only and you will need to test these and adjust if necessary.
Best to google/youtube the process and products, this can save you time and money in that you can learn what other people are doing and what they found went wrong.
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