So, you’re entering the wonderful world of T-shirt making and personalized garments – that’s exciting! You may be asking yourself which garment decoration method is better: heat transfer paper or sublimation printing? What are the best tshirt printing materials?
Heat transfer paper is a specialty paper that transfers printed designs to shirts and other garments when heat is applied. The process involves printing a design onto a sheet of heat transfer paper using an inkjet or laser printer. Then, you place the printed sheet on your T-shirt and press it using a heat press.
The sublimation process is quite similar to that of heat transfer paper. Like heat transfer paper, the process involves printing a design onto a sheet of specialty paper – sublimation paper in this case – and pressing it to a garment with a heat press. So what’s the difference?
Sublimation uses a process where the ink becomes part of the fabric rather than adding a layer on top. This results in a transfer that is unmatched in both durability and feel. On the other hand, heat transfer paper adds a layer on top of the garment.