How to Troubleshoot Issues In Sublimation Transfer Printing?

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How to Troubleshoot Issues In Sublimation Transfer Printing?

Even if we follow all the tips perfectly, we might have issues getting the best results on our first couple attempts in sublimation transfer printing. Fortunately, troubleshooting these issues is normally pretty easy.

sublimation transfer printing

Banding
Just like in our office printer, the likely culprit is one or more clogged inkjet nozzle heads. Clogs frequently occur when the printer sits idle for a while and the ink dries out. If we use our sublimation printer regularly in sublimation transfer printing, we might not encounter banding at all. But for those who only use their printer for special projects, this is a common issue.
Therefore, we suggest using our printer’s head cleaning function. Depending on our model, we might be able to set up automatic timed intervals for these cleanings. Some models, though, require the manual press of a button.

digital sublimation printing Incorrect colors
If our final colors aren’t turning out the way we expected, the problem is likely with the calibrating between our computer and dye sublimation printer. Even with normal printing, colors often don’t match those seen on the screen. One of the best ways to fix this is to ensure our design uses CMYK. CMYK is the color system used in printing. But most digital programs use RGB or another color system. When we try to print an RGB file on our computer, which only understands CMYK, our computer automatically translates these colors to the correct color system. Unfortunately, this translation is rarely perfect. Another cause of incorrect colors in our digital sublimation printing process could be our ink itself. Double-check the age of our ink, as sublimation ink typically only lasts for about a year after opening.

sublimation printing Ghosting
What is sublimation paper ghosting? Ghosting is when a transferred image has a lighter version of itself layered askew to the correctly printed one. Ghosting typically occurs when the sublimation paper or project surface shifts during the heat pressing process. The result is a “ghost” of the image, usually just a few centimeters off from the correctly printed image. To prevent ghosting in your own projects, we need to keep our sublimation paper and printing surface from shifting throughout the transfer process. Two of the best products for this are heat-resistant tape or spray adhesive.When removing the sublimation paper after transferring, ghosting can also occur if you accidentally shift the paper against our project. Use care to remove the paper straight up from our printed surface to prevent this issue.

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