Differences between Dye Sublimation Paper and Heat Transfer Paper

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Differences between Dye Sublimation Paper and Heat Transfer Paper

There is often some confusion involving the differences between dye sublimation paper and heat transfers paper. You may be asking yourself which garment ecoration method is better: heat transfer or sublimation printing? The answer is that both are great! In order to clarify the difference between the digital sublimation paper and heat transfer paper, we must to understand the principle of the sublimation and heat transfer first.

Dye Sublimation Paper

Sublimation Vs. Heat Transfer Printing
Sublimation printing adds color to the surface of the substrate (the item being printed). Sublimation on the other hand is a dye process, meaning that it actually penetrates and re-colors the substrate below the surface. With this process, the sublimation ink becomes part of the fabric rather than adding a layer on top. This results in a transfer that is unmatched in both durability and feel. It also means that the transfer is incredibly durable, and under normal conditions, the images you produce will last as long as the product itself.

Heat transfer is the process of printing onto special transfer paper and using a heat press or home iron to transfer it onto a shirt. And heat transfer paper adds a layer on top of the garment. This additional layer can be physically felt and is less durable than sublimation and can become faded and cracked over time with numerous wash cycles.

Sublimation Printing VS Heat Transfer Printing

The Difference between Sublimation Transfer Paper and Heat Transfer Paper
After knowing above principle, now it is time to return to our theme: what is the difference between sublimation printing paper and heat transfer paper?

(1. Ink:
-Dye Sublimation paper usually use with sublimation ink.
-Heat transfer paper usually use with dye ink, pigment ink, solvent ink or others.

(2. Media:
Sublimation paper works on polyesters (cotton≤40% ), mouse pad, banner and hard surface, such as mug, ceramic and aluminum plate, etc. But it is exclusively for white or light-colored garments.
-Heat transfer paper is that most papers work on both cotton and polyester fabrics and this type of paper is designed to work for either dark or light-colored garments.

(3. Pressure:
-Heat transfer paper requires higher pressure than sublimation transfer paper during the transfer process.

 sublimation transfer paper

Hopefully this blog has helped you, and if you still have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our team who are more than happy to help you find the best solution. Thank you for your reading. 🙂


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