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How to print on natural fabrics using sublimation printing


Sublimation transfers can only be done on polyester or on polyester treated materials.

Therefore, a sublimation transfer can’t be printed on natural cotton unless it’s been polyester coated. Furthermore, since sublimation inks aren’t opaque, sublimation can only be used on white or very light-coloured surfaces.

Sublimation transferring is therefore not a particularly versatile or universal technique: on some materials, such as cotton T-shirts, other techniques, such as laser transferring, are more suitable.

However, it is possible to treat some solid surfaces using a polyester spray.

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