Dye Sublimation Solutions from InkOwl

What is Dye Sublimation?

With a sublimation ink set, some transfer paper, and some sublimation blanks or polyester-based fabrics, you can make just about any kind of custom item you can think of! Custom coffee mugs, mousepads, license plates, cell phone cases, baseball caps, polyester sportswear are just some of the items you can produce for individual and corporate customers. With InkOwl products, getting into dye-sub is very affordable, which can give your shop a major competitive advantage in sublimation printing!

How do I begin sublimating?

These are the items you'll need to get started:

  • A printer that is compatible with dye-sub inks
  • A dye-sub ink set
  • Sublimation transfer paper
  • A sublimation blank (this can be a special-made polyester-coated object like a mug, aluminum plate, coaster, etc., or a polyester-based fabric material like a shirt, dress, cloth, etc.)
  • A heat press designed for your chosen substrate, in general there are four types:
    • mug/bottle presses,
    • cap presses,
    • flat presses, for fabrics and all things flat,
    • and 3D vacuum presses, for unique shaped items.

Print out a mirrored version of the design you want to sublimate and place the printed side onto your substrate (sublimation blank). Next, place that blank into the appropriate heat press and follow the heating directions that came with the blank. Once the piece is ready, peel off the transfer paper and let it cool. You just made a custom item!

What can InkOwl do to make it easier and cheaper?

In general, to get into sublimation, you are expected to buy an expensive sublimation printer, and then expected to buy often highly overpriced sublimation ink. At InkOwl, we believe in providing alternatives that put the client first!

We can provide the products and expertise necessary to convert an ordinary, off-the-shelf EPSON printer (wide format or desktop) into a dedicated dye-sub machine that can be refilled with our InkOwl Performance-Ultra Sublimation Ink (wide format) or InkOwl Performance-D Sublimation Ink (desktop).

We also provide lower-cost sublimation inks for existing users of EPSON F170 and F570 printers with our InkOwl Performance-E Sublimation Products, or for RICOH and VIRTUOSO native dye-sub printers with our InkOwl Performance-R Sublimation Products.

Finally, we also supply an affordable yet high-quality sublimation transfer paper, optimized for our inks for transfers onto both hard and soft surfaces.

Dye Sublimation Ink Offerings:

Performance-Ultra Sublimation Ink

InkOwl Performance-Ultra Sublimation Ink

Convert an ordinary EPSON wide format printer into a dedicated dye-sublimation printer using our Performance-Ultra Ink Bottles or Performance-Ultra Ink Cartridges!

Performance-D Sublimation Ink

InkOwl Performance-D Sublimation Ink

Convert an ordinary EPSON desktop printer into a dedicated dye-sublimation printer using our Performance-D Refill Kits!

Performance-E Sublimation Ink

InkOwl Performance-E Sublimation Ink

Use your EPSON F170 or F570 dye-sub printer much more affordably with our Performance-E Sublimation Ink Bottles!

Performance-R Sublimation Ink

InkOwl Performance-R Sublimation Ink

Use your RICOH or VIRTUOSO dye-sub printer much more affordably with our Performance-R Refill Kits or Performance-R Ink Cartridges!

Dye Sublimation Accessories:

InkOwl Sublimation Transfer Papers

InkOwl Sublimation Transfer Paper

InkOwl Sublimation Transfer Paper produces high-quality prints with minimal dot gain and an excellent release rate to ensure that all transfers come out crisp and vibrant!

Select your printer type below to learn more, or give us a call at 1-888-446-5695 for a one-on-one consultation.


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