How does printART (SubliJet) work?
printART (SubliJet) inks use a patented heat transfer process that uses special heat sensitive inks to permanently dye the surface of polymer coated surfaces. Simply print your clip art, scanned images, or computer created artwork on an EPSON Stylus printer using high quality ink jet paper and SubliJet ink cartridges. The resulting transfer sheet can be applied to a variety of surfaces with a standard heat press.
Do I need special transfer paper?
Because SubliJet utilizes heat activated sublimation inks, there is no special paper required. SubliJet works with standard high quality ink jet paper for optimal transfer quality. Thus, typically there is no special transfer paper required. However, due to quality reasons we strongly recommend to use solely high quality InkJet-paper or photo-paper for a perfect hard copy. You can receive high quality papers going perfectly with the EPSON-printing technology at a reasonable price from us.
What do I need to get started?
To create sublimated products with this technology, you will need the SubliJet ink cartridge set, a compatible EPSON ink jet printer, a PC or Mac, a graphic design software and heat transfer equipment (flat press, mug press, or plate press). The addition of a color scanner lets you create transfers from photos or other scanned artwork.
How are SubliJet transfer inks different from transfer papers?
Heat transfers created with color laser, ink jet, or wax thermal printers use a polymer coated transfer paper to fuse ordinary toner or ink particles onto the surface of a substrate. The result is a "decal-like" transfer that can peel, crack, fade, and discolor over time.
SubliJet transfers, instead, rely on special transfer inks and a dyeing process called sublimation to transfer its ink below the surface of a substrate. The result is a "tattoo-like" transfer that will not peel, crack, or fade and lasts for many years.
How is a SubliJet transfer different from dye diffusion transfers?
Dye diffusion transfers are created by using a special printer with a heated print head to activate dyes on a ribbon inside the printer onto a special carrier paper. The printed image on the special paper is then re-activated to penetrate into the final substrate. This "second generation" transfer offers photo-realistic images, but often lacks color vibrancy and is limited to coated ceramics and treated cotton fabric. Examples of this technology include Fargo’s FotoFun, Sony and Hitachi video printers, Seiko’s Specialty ColorPoint thermal printer, and the ALPS MD series printer.
SubliJet technology uses ink jets to print its dyes in an inactivated or non-sublimated state onto standard ink jet paper. The printed image is then heat transferred to the final substrate. This proprietary "first generation" transfer offers a more vibrant, photo quality image for use on the new coated ceramic, metal, glass, wood, plastic, melamine, polyester fabric, or many other polymer coated surface.
What printers are SubliJet inks compatible with?
EPSON Stylus Pro 4450 4C
EPSON Stylos Pro 4880
What are the limitations of SubliJet?
SubliJet inks transfer well to light colored, synthetic surfaces such as polyester and acrylic.They do not transfer to natural surfaces such as cotton or dark colored surfaces. However, there are special cotton T-Shirts that are sublimatable (Soft L´ink Shirts) and allow excellent results.
Over long periods of time, SubliJet inks have limited color-fastness when exposed to direct sunlight.