Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Michael Levi
As is seen, the business of sublimation printing has been famous in the current world as people like to sublimate their art on different surfaces. Sublimation is a process in which the dye ink is transferred onto the surface of some other material. That material can be of variety such as wood, cotton shirts, mugs, and many more. For the sublimation process, you will need a sublimation printer and a few other necessary things, so in this article, we will tell you how you can convert your HP printer into a sublimation printer.
To get to know how you can convert your normal hp printer into a sublimation printer, make sure to read our article till the end. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter, too, so that you don’t miss out on anything new in the field of sublimation printing.
Convert HP Printer To Sublimation Printer
We all know that the price for a new sublimation printer is high, like talking with the sky, but no need to worry as down below we have given you the steps to change your HP printer into a sublimation printer.
Items that you will need are :
- Heat transfer sheets
- Heat transfer
- A new printer
- Sublimation ink
Heat transfer sheets:
Make sure to choose heat transfer sheets that are of good quality in the sense of being thick and can easily transfer the design onto multi surfaces.
Using a heat press that can alter the materials you want to sublimate on is important, as heat press plays a vital role in sublimation printing.
Yes, you will need a new printer to convert it into a sublimation printer.
Throughout our article, we have been telling readers not to compromise on the quality of the products used in the process of sublimation. So, it will be best if you choose a sublimation ink that gives off various benefits.
Follow These Steps To Convert Hp Printer To Sublimation Printer:
If you convert a normal printer into a sublimation printer, make sure that your printer has never been used before. If the printer you will convert into a sublimation printer has been used before, these steps might not work for you.
Make sure to buy a new printer if you convert it into a sublimation printer.
Choose sublimation ink and sublimation papers. When you start sublimation printing, it is really necessary to buy the sublimation ink that will support the sublimation paper sideways.
In simple words, make sure that the sublimation ink gives good prints onto the sublimation paper you are using to sublimate printing on the surfaces of other materials. It is really important in the process of sublimation that your ink is supported by the sublimation paper you are using while performing the process of sublimation printing.
Fill in the tanks with sublimation ink: Remove the normal ink cartridges and put the ones filled with the sublimation inks. This step may be difficult for those who use HP printers because of its hard-to-find compatible replacement cartridges for the HP printers. That’s why it will be hard to convert an HP printer into a sublimation printer but what you can do is fill their normal ink cartridges with sublimation ink. You can easily remove and refill ink tanks.
It is easy to change the printer into a sublimation printer with Epson printers.
Get the design ready, which you want to sublimate. Now what you have to do is choose the design you want to sublimate. You can easily download your desired image online from any site you want to.
Next, you must set the image as per the size ad properties; you edit your image from any software you might be using for your sublimation printing business, such as Adobe Photoshop, Canva, and many more.
After finding the perfect image, you want to sublimate, then adjust the image as per your need properly. You can set its proportions as you like, whether you want them to be in portrait or landscape. Well, the orientation of the image depends upon the surface on which you want the image to be sublimated on.
Once you have set the image as per your needs, you can proceed to print. It depends on which size of paper you will be using for the printing process. Well, most people use letter-sized paper.
To start with the printing, click on the File, situated at the top tab, then select Print from the dropdown menu. It will appear when you click on it. Then a new window will appear with the title of “printing options”, and next to it will appear sublimation printers then you will have to choose “sublimate printer”.
Once To start, click on File in the top tab, then select Print from the dropdown menu that appears when clicked upon. A new window titled “printing options” should appear next to where under Sublimation Printers, choose “Sublimate Printer.” Once selected, click the button saying ‘Print’. Your job’s done here, so all you can do now is wait patiently by watching messages come through as it.
Step# 6 :
After the Print has come out of the printer, make sure to see if something is missing. Check it clearly if something is missing in it or not. Go through the image printed properly.
Step# 7 :
So, Heat Press is the last step you might want to do with the sublimation printing process. What you have to do now is to take the surface onto which you want the Print to be sublimated and slip it under its surface.
Here we are discussing the fabric, so you will have to slip the Print under the shirt to heat press on it where you want the image to be sublimated.
Step# 8 :
Ready the surface onto which you have to print on. If you are going to sublimate onto fabric, you must iron press it first. And if you are going to sublimate on something else, you should keenly ready that surface too. But mostly, Peoplesublimate on fabric, so make sure that you are orderly ironing the fabric’s surface.
Make sure to attach the image properly with the help of tape so that the image doesn’t move during heat pressing.
Now the wait is over, and you can enjoy wearing your DIY sublimated shirt. Or now you can easily start up your sublimation printing business.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Video Guide – How To Convert HP Printer To Sublimation Printer
This whole credit of this video goes to Journey With Wendi Youtube channel.
In this article, we have researched through many sites and found a way to use the normal printer as a sublimation printer. We all are quite aware that sublimation printers are really expensive, but the work they can do for us does wonder.
So, in this article, we have put every step through which you can easily use a normal printer for sublimation printing.
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