Sublimation shirts are excellent for a variety of reasons. Clothing designers can use more space on the shirt, which gives them greater freedom in their graphics. The sublimation process also makes the design part of the shirt, which makes it more comfortable to wear.

All of these benefits come at a cost: making a good shirt with this method can be trickier than you may expect. Anyone interested in creating and selling their own designs may want some practice. To help with that, here is some advice for getting your sublimation shirts just right.

Light Shirts are Easier
Any background color can go great with a sublimation shirt, depending on the design. With that said, designers who lack prior experience with the technique may want to start with lighter colors, particularly white. It is easier to tell how the colors you plan to use in your graphics will look over such hues than over darker shades.

Additionally, attempts at all-around designs may be foiled by the appearance of white streaks. They are especially likely to crop up where the sleeves meet the rest of the shirt. If the background is white from the start, these flaws have a better chance of blending with the rest.

Plain White Shirt

Practice with the Press
To infuse the ink with the shirt’s fabric, you will need lots of heat and lots of pressure. The most common means of accomplishing this is by pressing a clothing iron on the paper while it is on top of the cloth. The problem is that uneven pressure produces uneven results. Customers expect all-around designs to have consistent quality all around the shirt.

It may be best to practice your personal technique before putting anything up for sale. Test different amounts of pressure on different shirts, or different areas of the same shirt. Once you find the amount that creates your preferred appearance, practice applying that same amount of pressure. You may need to expend a few shirts, but once you can produce the same result consistently, you will have little trouble with customer dissatisfaction.

Clothing Iron

Avoiding Pushing Too Hard
If you try out the advice from the previous section, you should be careful about just how much pressure you apply. The combination of that pressure and the iron’s heat can produce unwanted effects on paper substrates. If you have too much of both, you risk scorching not only the shirt, but also the substrate. That would mean starting from square one and wasting materials.

When finding the ideal amount of pressure for your shirt, just be cautious about using too much. Maybe the design will not be as vivid as you would like. However, that may be preferable than a high risk of completely ruining the ink and the image.

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Use High-Quality Wholesale Sublimation Shirts
The first and arguably most vital step to making good sublimation shirts is to acquire high-quality shirts that are compatible with the process. You can find a diverse selection of these shirts at Wholesale Blank Clothes. We offer many sizes and many colors at great prices, which makes the process of customizing and selling these shirts even easier to do right.