Sublimation Heat Press Settings

Sublimation requires higher temperatures than other decorating methods, therefore having a base range of temperatures to practice with is essential.

We’ve created the chart below to help create a starting point.

Many factors are important when creating customized items using sublimation like the type of heat press, substrates and color management software you are using.

If you’re having any trouble or you don’t see the substrate listed in this chart, please contact your manufacturer or reseller for additional help and recommendations.

We recommend testing and practicing before a production run.

Tips from the Pros

 – The above are guidelines. Some items you are working with, or specific artwork may require adjustments to time, temperature and pressure.

 – Always have extra products to test the above time/temps.

 – Printing transfers in ‘vivid’ or other high saturation modes can help you get better results from your printer.

 – When in doubt, increase the time to get brighter colors.

 – When printing t-shirts more time and higher temps are more likely to damage the garment, always opt for lowest temperatures possible.

 – Use the Vapor Foam Kit ( ) for all apparel to prevent lines.

 – Always make sure you buy Sublimation Coated blanks. Just because an item is white doesn’t mean it’s sublimatable.

 – Practice makes perfect, don’t expect to get perfect results when you are a beginner.

 – Calibrate your heat press – just because your heat press is new or has always worked fine, doesn’t mean it cannot fall out of calibration.

 – Be sure to check the pressure and the temperature. Owning a temperature probe is a great idea.