Can we Sublimate on the Dark Fabric with Sublimation Transfer Ink?

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Can we Sublimate on the Dark Fabric with Sublimation Transfer Ink?

Since sublimation printing has a lower cost for entry than other forms of printing, many people are eager to sublimate on light and dark fabrics but, as of right now, it doesn’t work that way. Actually, sublimation can only be done on light colored polyester fabrics or poly coated items. Do you know why? Sublimation transfer ink is an main factor.

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Technically we sublimate on a dark shirt if it’s polyester. But, we will hardly see the design or image. It’s just like spray painting grafitti on a wall. We choose a light colored wall. Use white paint on a dark wall. Unfortunately, there’s no white sublimation transfer ink. Inkjet printers can’t print white either.

dye sublimation inkThe second reason that sublimation printing won’t work with dark colors is the lack of a white underbase to make the colors stand out. Sublimation transfer ink only works on polyester, so laying down an undercoat of white would require something that had polyester fibers in it, which may not even be possible when it comes to ink.

Generally speaking, dye sublimation printing only works with lighter colors. It is recommended primarily for white, as white will not interfere with the colors of the digital sublimation ink. If you do choose to sublimate on a light color, please understand that the color of the fabric will have an impact on the color of your ink. Oftentimes the tone on tone color contrasts are attractive, but the fact that garment color can alter ink color slightly should be kept in mind.


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