Dye Sublimation Printing Guide

Dye Sublimation

Dye sublimation is is the method of applying an image to specially coated products and polyester based materials, using a combination of sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

The application of print to material is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time.

Heat Press

The print is applied to the polyester based fabrics using a Heat Press.
The largest Heat Press at WSA is located in Room 2045E.
Maximum dimensions are 140 cm x 80 cm.
This Heat Press will be available Monday - Friday 3.30pm - 4.00pm

Fashion Heat Press : 115 cm x 45 cm
PLEASE NOTE: induction is required before using this equipment.

Prepare your PDF file for upload to Snowhite

http://meanwhile.soton.ac.uk/snowhite/login.php

  • Files can be complete images or supplied as a repeat.

http://wsa.wikidot.com/text:digitaltextilesillustrator
http://wsa.wikidot.com/text:photoshoprepeat

  • Files can be any size - please specify dimensions in Snowhite message box. The price of print is for the full width of roll 1000mm. Please note maximum size of heat press.
  • The recommended colour space for this printer is s.RGB iec 61966-2.1

The RGB Colour Book

The file below is printed onto sample fabrics in Creative Services it can be used to colour pick colour swatches in Photoshop and the RGB colour breakdown used to match in your digital artwork.

Remember the colour on screen is not necessarily the colour that will print on the fabric it is recommended that you do a 10 cm colour test strip prior to a full print.

colourBOOKRGBsmall.tif

Download the RGB Colour Book
(click the image above and Save File)

Technical Information:
Ink:
http://www.kiiandigital.com/en/ink/products/digistar-pes-hd-one/

Sublimation blanks & Consumables:
http://www.techsoft.co.uk/products/laser-cutting/materials/image-transfer-board.asp

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