Heat Transfer Paper Versus Sublimation: Durability and Feel

For those entering the world of T-shirt decoration, you may be asking yourself which garment decoration method is better: heat transfer paper or sublimation printing?

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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.

Because heat transfer paper adds a layer on top of the garment, this additional layer can be physically felt, which may be appealing to some clients even though it is less durable and can fade or crack over time with numerous wash cycles.

It is important to note that heat transfer papers are not created equally, and you will find some that offer a softer feel and greater durability than other transfer papers.

Matthew Maurer

Matthew Maurer is the Marketing Coordinator for Coastal Business Supplies. He maintains the organization's digital presence and strategy, creating content for the web, email, and social media. He holds an M.A. in communication from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

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