Introduction to Sublimation

Are you tired of paying for expensive custom signs and you want to start making your own? You’ve tried using a heat press before but it never worked for you?

Imagine having the ability to create your own custom signs, with no design experience needed. With this course, you will learn how to use an affordable sublimation printer and heat press to make high quality designs that can be used on aluminum signs, t-shirts, mugs, mousepads and more. This course will focus on aluminum signs only.

This course is designed so that anyone can get started designing their own signs in just minutes from now! It’s easy – all you need to get started is a computer with internet access. Mobile devices or iPads are NOT compatible with the software needed to sublimate.

This course includes

  • A complete list with current pricing and where to purchase items to begin sublimating your own metal signs
  • Where to locate files for sublimation use
  • How to create your own original work for sublimation use
  • How to print sublimation files 
  • How to use your heat press to sublimate
  • How to list your completed sublimation items on Etsy

This course DOES NOT include

  • How to sublimate on other materials, other than metal
  • How to convert printers to use sublimation ink
  • How to use trademark or copyright items for sublimation
  • How to use Adobe, Procreate, Design Space, Gimp or other photo editing software
  • Support for your printer or heat press (please direct those questions to the manufacturer)

What is sublimation

Stephanie (instructor)

“Dye-sub printing is a digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas through an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase.

In sublimation printing, unique sublimation dyes are transferred to sheets of “transfer” paper via liquid gel ink through a piezoelectric print head. The ink is deposited on these high-release inkjet papers, which are used for the next step of the sublimation printing process. After the digital design is printed onto sublimation transfer sheets, it is placed on a heat press along with the substrate to be sublimated.

In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the substrate. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a range of 380 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit is normally recommended for optimal color.

The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.”

Throughout this course, I will be providing several links, some of them may be an affiliate link which may allow me to earn perks or monetary rewards.