Subli-TEXILE High Release Sublimation Paper for fabrics

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new fabric specific sublimation paper; Subli-TEXILE, this paper will be sold along side our popular Subli-Sharp sublimation paper which we will continue to supply indefinitely.

Our new Subli-TEXILE fabric specific sublimation paper has a high release coating which gives up to 75% greater ink release than other papers on the market in the UK. The high release coating means that more ink is released from the paper during the heat press process, more ink means brighter more vibrant colours, deeper blacks and an overall better finish.

Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper will be marketed as a fabric specific paper to be used on all soft substrates and fabrics, it works incredibly well on polyester canvas, silk, poly-cotton and PU leather.

We have tested the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper on a range of Epson inkjet printers that we commonly use for sublimation printing as well as the RICOH Afico SG2100N and SG3110DN that are very popular in the sublimation printing market.

The Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper is available to order now in both A4 and A3 sizes, we offer a range of paper sizes from 50-1000 sheets with structured pricing.

Buy Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper here

We wanted to show the amazing improvement Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper can provide so we did some comparison test which are shown below. All images were produced using-

  • Same printer (Epson Workforce WF-7110)
  • Same sublimation ink (Inktec Sublinova Smart DTI)
  • Same printing software (Adobe Photoshop CS6)
  • Same heat press and settings (UK Hear Press 40x40cm)
  • Same blank product

The only thing to change was the actual paper we printed on to and heat pressed on to the product.

Test No.1 – Cream Canvas Cushion Cover

Below is a side by side comparison of two transfers produced using our standard Subli-Sharp sublimation paper against the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper. The first test shows the comparison on cream canvas cushion covers. We found this test gave the greatest improvement as expected.

Comparison test on canvas cushion cover

Sublimation is always difficult on off-white fabrics especially cream, as the fabric is not bright white more ink is required to compensate against the cream coloured background. The test shows the huge difference in ink release between the two papers, and the final transfer result yielded a 100% brighter image on the canvas cushion cover.

Test No.2 – White Silk Cushion Cover

Below is a side by side comparison of two transfers produced using our standard Subli-Sharp sublimation paper against the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper. This second test shows the comparison on white silk polyester cushion covers. We found this test gave great results showing the improvement that can be achieved by using our Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper.

Comparison test on silk cushion cover

The test revealed the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper again had a much higher ink release thanks to its high release coating it achieved a 75% greater ink transfer resulting in a 50% brighter, more vibrant transfer with deeper blacks and punchier colours.

Test No.3 – White Poly-cotton T-Shirt (100% polyester outer / 100% cotton lining)

T-Shirt transfer printing is a massive part of the sublimation printing market and it was this that originally set us onto finding a paper that could give the best results possible for our customers.

Below is a side by side comparison of two transfers produced using our standard Subli-Sharp sublimation paper against the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper. This third test shows the comparison on white polyester T-Shirts. This test as we had hoped and expected showed a great improvement on the T-Shirt produced using the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper.

Comparison test on polycotton t-shirt

The test shows the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper again like with the previous tests had a much higher ink release thanks to its high release coating it achieved a 75% greater ink transfer resulting in a 50% brighter, more vibrant transfer with deeper blacks and punchier colours.

Test No.4 – White PU Leather Card Holder

This final test was with PU leather card holders (these are similar to the PU leather phone cases that are a very popular sublimation product)

Below is a side by side comparison of two transfers produced using our standard Subli-Sharp sublimation paper against the Subli-TEXILE sublimation paper. As we expected this test did not have as big an improvement as previous tests, mainly because the PU leather is very smooth and is unlike the other fibrous fabrics we tested earlier so actual ink release does not make too much difference.

Comparison test on PU leather card holder

There was a small improvement none-the-less, the image was around 25% brighter and we also found the increased amount of ink helped to prevent mottling and patchy print that can occur when heat pressing these types of products.

We hope our Subli-TEXILE paper will help our customers to further improve on the products they can produce using our inks and printers and in turn help them to continue to improve their businesses!

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Wolverhampton based ink cartridge and media supplier. Specialising in continuous ink systems for EPSON printers, refillable ink cartridges, bulk ink solutions
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