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Sublimations Tips

Getting the best results from your Sawgrass Sublimation Inks

Substrate Preparation

An obvious, but sometimes overlooked tip is to make sure your substrate is clean and damage free - check for any nicks or cuts before each heat transfer. Sometimes the surface of your substrate may have a protective coating - remember to remove any coating before sublimating.

It's generally a good idea to add a bleed to your images/artwork before printing. A bleed can be created by enlarging the image background so that it is approximately 1/8" larger then your substrate. Depending on your image type, it may also be useful to employ a gradient fade when enlarging your image.

When preparing an image for large format printing on the Epson 7800/9800, a ppi (Pixels Per Inch) of 150 to 300 ppi typically leads superior print quality. Reserve higher ppi for end products that will be viewed close up. Lower end ppi can be used for banners/flags that will be viewed from a distance.

Ideally your original image size should equal the print size. Resizing a bitmap image in a graphics program like Photoshop results in a loss of image quality since the graphics program must add additional pixels to the image. On the other hand, vector images are resolution independent and can be resized without any loss of image quality. Unfortunately vector images are not suitable for photo-realistic images.

Heat Press Configuration

When sublimating with Astex line of heat transfer presses and Sawgrass Sublijet Inks, it's the recommended machine temperature is 400F. We offer heat transfer temperature strips to verify and calibrate your heat transfer machine. Actual temperature may vary depending on the material type and thickness.

The following dwell times and temperatures may vary depending on your heat press. It's best to experiment with a sample piece before production.

Temperature Dwell Time (Sublijet Inks) Comments
Plastic (Flame Resistant) 400 F 35 secs  
Metal 375 - 400 F 30-55 secs Different brands of metal affect temperature range.
Mouse Pads 400 F 40 secs  
Ceramic Tiles 350 - 400 F 180-210 secs  
Polyester (Signs, Banners, Plaques, etc) 400 F 25 secs  

After sublimation take care not to store sublimated products face to face. Simply place a paper sheet between each item to ensure no ink migration across substrates. As always, remember that the substrate surface is extremely hot immediately after sublimation - wear necessary hand protection.

Wasatch Setup

One of the most important steps in ensuring optimal print quality between your Epson 7800/9800 and Sawgrass Sublimation inks is your Input Color Profile (ICC). Sawgrass and Wasatch have developed specialized color profiles for Wasatch to ensure optimal ink usage and correct color output. Several color profiles are included with your purchase of Sawgrass Sublijet inks.