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The Sublimation Process


It's as easy as 1...2...3...


With sublimation, reproducing full-color images onto signage, name badges, awards, gift items and more is easy!


With a computer, graphic design software program, sublimation printer, heat press and Rowmark’s full line of sublimatable products, you are ready to produce the most vibrant, full-color sublimation images in the industry!


Step 1: With your graphic design software program, let your imagination run wild to create colorful and personalized designs. Or import any electronic image, photograph or clip art into your software program. Once you have produced, imported or scanned your electronic artwork, you can print your own transfers directly from your printer.


Step 2:
With a sublimation inkjet printer (such as the Ricoh GX 7000 pictured right) and sublimation cartridges, you are ready to start printing sublimation transfers. This system can produce vibrant color that surpasses silk screening or hot stamping - perfect for logos, photos, clip art or other images.

sublimation printer

Step 3:
Under the heat and pressure of a heat press, sublimation inks are specially formulated to convert directly
from a solid to a gas.


While in a gaseous state, the inks are attracted to certain types of synthetic surfaces. The inks actually penetrate and bond with the substrate's surface so that a permanent, durable image is created. Other heat transfer methods only apply color to


the surface of the substrate, resulting in a product that can be easily scratched or damaged.


How do I get started: If you already have a computer and a graphic design software program, you can get started in sublimation with a minimal capital investment. Additional investments would include an Epson 900 or 3000 printer, sublimation ink cartridges, transfer paper and a heat press.