Often asked: Can you sublimation white ink?


The coating which we apply to our panels is white. Therefore, any areas without color will show as white. As sublimation inks are water-based and do not contain any pigments, there are no white inks available.

Can white ink sublimate?

Sublimation is best suited to white or light-coloured fabric bases. You can use it on darker shades, however, it will affect your colours. White ink is not used in sublimation printing. White parts of the design remain unprinted which shows the base colour of the textile.

Can you sublimate a white design?

You absolutely can, but your results will vary greatly. Sublimation is a dye process and doesn’t print white. So if you want to use a darker shirt, or a black shirt, technically it WILL dye it, but you wont see it very well, if at all.

Does sublimation only work on white?

Thus, white is considered the best apparel color for sublimation, but you can print on light-colored garments, provided you don’t need the color white within the image.

Can you sublimate white on a black shirt?

While it’s not possible to sublimate dark colors directly, with a Silhouette CAMEO, Sawgrass Sublimation Printer, and white glitter HTV you can make it work! The process to sublimate on dark t shirts is the same as the process to sublimate on cotton shirts that are other colors – including white.

Can you sublimate white on GREY?

Sublimation on gray isn’t as effective because the process dyes the fabric rather than adding a layer of ink or toner. So if you’re doing sublimation only, your best bet for adding non-white apparel with your Sawgrass inks is to print on our SubliTex polyester heat transfer film.

How do you print in white color?

To achieve the most opaque white printing, you must be printing in 100% BLACK. That means 100% on the ‘K’ in the CMYK scale. If any other colors get printed with the white, it looks gray or silvery, and it will ruin your day.

Can you bleach 100 polyester for sublimation?

As mentioned above, using the right poly blend or 100 percent polyester works best when using the sublimation methods. It is not needed when sublimating onto white polyester fabric but if you choose a darker poly blend fabric, then bleaching will help make your design stand out.

Can I sublimate on GREY shirt?

We recommend that you put sublimation on lighter color shirts. Remember sublimation does not include any WHITE INKS, so designs will only show on lighter colored shirts like pastels, light gray, tan, etc. You cannot apply our sublimation transfer to dark or black shirts.

Can you bleach sublimation?

You can do both! I do feel like the bleaching after sublimation results in a more “worn” look. In other words, if you bleach before you sublimation, the colors will be more vibrant. You can see a bit of that in the image below.

Can you use a Cricut for sublimation?

You cant sublimate with the Cricut, but you can print with your printer using Cricut Design Space and Print then Cut. Cricut Access has plenty of images you can use for sublimation designs. The things that you need to sublimate using glitter heat transfer vinyl.

Why is my sublimation print faded after washing?

The principle of sublimation paper is at high temperature the ink film will melt further, and then melting in the cloth. Therefore, the above condition implies that sublimation printing with a poor transfer paper washes out the ink after washing. Thus, gradually leading to fade.

Can you do sublimation on wood?

We often get the question, “Can I sublimate on wood?” And the answer is – yes! As long as it has a polymer coating. In fact, Unisub offers a variety of sublimatable wood products including these adorable Berlin-shaped ornaments. Here’s how to sublimate your own.

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