Ink Express Subli-TEXTILE vs. Truepix vs. TexPrint XPHR Sublimation Paper

We think our Subli-TEXTILE (HR) high release sublimation paper is the best on the market when it comes to transfer prints on to sublimation compatible fabrics, we would think that wouldn’t we?!

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So we thought it would be interesting to test our Subli-TEXTILE sublimation paper against the market leaders, the best in the business.

We independently purchased a pack of Sawgrass Truepix Classic and TexPrint XPHR sublimation papers to test against our own paper to see what the outcome would be.

Each paper had the same designed printed on to it and we kept all the variables the same:

Printer: Epson Workforce WF7610DWF
Ink Set: Inktec Sublinova Smart DTI sublimation inks
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC
ICC Profile: None – printer managing colours

We wanted to test each paper on a range of fabrics, we chose a range of fabrics with varying texture, colour, and material weave in order to thoroughly test how each paper performed.

Sublimation papers

Test No.1 – White Poly-cotton T-Shirt

The first test was designed to be the easiest. A bright white, very smooth poly-cotton t-shirt (100% polyester outer) with a smooth, fine fabric weave. Each paper was printed with the design and then heat pressed on the same heat press machine at 180 degrees Celsius for 70 seconds.

The results-

Polyester T-Shirt comparison

Left image:
Produced using TexPrint XPHR paper; this is also a high release paper and as expected it performed very well. Transfer was good, good ink release and a good final product result. The one thing we did find was the printer head could easily smudge the ink as it laid it on to the paper.

Middle image:
Produced using Ink Express Subli-TEXTILE (HR) paper; our paper gave a great ink release as expected. The colours were very deep and vibrant with fantastic deep black. Our paper appeared to dry a little better than the TexPrint paper and although easy marked if handled too quickly it didn’t get smudged by the printer.

Right image:
Produced using Truepix Class paper; this gave the least ink release and so resulted in the poorest final outcome. The paper was easier to handle than both of the above as it dried instantly, but this is because it is not a true high release paper and does not have a high release coating applied.

Comments:
Looking at the three images above the middle print (produced on Subli-TEXTILE paper) produced the brightest and most vibrant colours compared to the other two papers. The reds produced on the print from Subli-TEXTILE paper were deeper as was the black.

Test No.2 – Cream Canvas Cushion Cover

This next test was designed to be a bit more difficult, the cream canvas cushion covers have a medium fabric grain and a larger weave pattern making them more difficult to transfer on to. Also being cream and not white the design will always look more faded as it has to overcome the colour of the fabric itself. Each paper was printed with the design and then heat pressed on the same heat press machine at 180 degrees Celsius for 90 seconds.

The results-

Canvas Cushion Cover comparison

Left image:
Produced using TexPrint XPHR paper; being a high release paper it fared really well and the transferred image was very good.

Middle image:
Produced using Ink Express Subli-TEXTILE (HR) paper; the transferred print from our paper gave the deepest colour in the design. Comparing the paper after also showed that the Subli-TEXTILE paper had released the box ink (leaving the palest image on the paper transfer)

Right image:
Produced using Truepix Class paper; again this gave the palest final result, ink release from the paper was poor. The final product was ok but when compared to the other two could easily be seen to be the poorest quality.

Comments:
Looking at the three images above the middle print (produced on Subli-TEXTILE paper) gave the best result with the brightest colours and the best ink transfer from the paper.

Test No.3 – Linen Cushion Cover

The final test was on the most demanding fabric, a linen cushion cover. The fabric was an off white colour (almost cream) but it was the fabric material and weave that made this item the most difficult to sublimation on to. Each paper was printed with the design and then heat pressed on the same heat press machine at 185 degrees Celsius for 70 seconds.

The results-

Linen Cushion Cover comparison

Left image:
Produced using TexPrint XPHR paper; the transfer revealed a good image transfer resulting in a good final product. The design was bright and the colours were vibrant and deep.

Middle image:
Produced using Ink Express Subli-TEXTILE (HR) paper; the transfer gave an excellent ink release resulting in a superb final transfer to the product. The increased ink release meant the design was bright and vibrant even though the fabric was very porous and fibrous.

Right image:
Produced using Truepix Class paper; again this gave the palest final result, ink release from the paper was poor. The final product was ok but when compared to the other two could easily be seen to be the poorest quality.

Comments:
Again looking at the three images above the middle print (produced on Subli-TEXTILE paper) gave the best result with the brightest colours and the greatest ink release from the paper.

Overall conclusion:
All these papers are good in their own right and all are priced on the higher end of the scale in terms of cost. We have launched the Subli-TEXTILE paper knowing that it will be more expensive than our standard Subli-Sharp sublimation paper but feel it is worth the additional cost, given that it gives such good final results.

Based on current pricing (September 2017) our Subli-TEXTILE paper is the lowest priced when compared to Sawgrass Truepix Classic & TexPrint XPHR papers and as we have hopefully demonstrated above it performs the best in our tests, giving the best final transfer and greatest ink release during transfer.

Current pricing (September 2017) for A4 sheets:
Ink Express Subli-TEXTILE (HR) paper – £0.125 per sheet (£10.42+VAT per 100 sheet pack)
Sawgrass Truepix Classic paper – £0.15 per sheet (£12.95+VAT per 100 sheet pack)
TexPrint XPHR paper – £0.13 per sheet (£12.00+VAT per 110 sheet pack)

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