Dye Sublimation Media

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Dye sublimation is the process of using full color images, text and other graphics and transferring them to different types of media. Garston carries a selection of dye sublimation transfer paper. Having the right transfer paper can make all the difference when it comes to your printing job.

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Why Choose Garston for Your Dye Sublimation Media?

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Affordable Prices

Here at Garston, we understand how costly owning a print shop can be. That’s why we offer low prices on all of our dye sublimation media.

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Customer Satisfaction

Our Screen Printing experts will always take the time to find the right products for all of our clients. We hope to be your go-to supplier for dye sublimation media because of our excellent customer service.

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To keep you up-to-date with all of the advances in screen printing, we only stock name brand, high-quality dye sublimation media products.

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Benefits of Dye Sublimation Transfer Paper

Time Saving

For Dye sublimated paper like the Epson DS transfer multi-purpose paper,  your productivity will boost just by using this product. It uses a quick-dry coating to save you extra time.


With the option of long-length rolls, DS transfer paper is an economical approach for the dye sublimation process. You will also waste less ink because this type of transfer paper uses low ink wastage levels, keeping productivity consistent and your bill low.

Great for Beginners

For screen printers that are new to dye sublimation, DS transfer papers are easy to use. This is because the transfer paper can stay stable during ink transfer and be resistant to rippling.

Choosing and Using DS Sublimation Paper

When it comes to dye sublimation, there are a few factors you need to think about before buying sublimation transfer paper.

Ink Capacity and Limits

An important factor for sublimation paper in Dye Sublimation comes from the ink limit (wet) and how heavy the paper can be. This all takes into consideration how well the paper accepts moisture without getting defeated by curling or warping.

Considering Ink Patterns

You need to be aware of what type of ink pattern you’re working with. Very complex design artwork needs to have a mix of heavy and light ink input. You’ll need to invest in a low weight paper, with the possible occurrence of curling and shifting after you’ve pressed your paper.

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Heat Presses

When you use a calendar heat press, you’ll need to have a low-gsm (grams per square meter) paper. GSM is a printing term that refers to the type of quality of paper you’re looking at. The higher the GSM number, the heavier your paper will be.

Print Speed

Depending on how fast you print your DS transfer paper, you can see different results. Fast printing will be completed by a lightweight paper, while a thicker paper will have a slower response time.

Effects of Humidity

With a humidity under 45%, you will need to have a paper that weighs around 80gsm. This is because low humidity will cause the paper to shrink and the sides will begin to “hunch.” This happens because while the paper is absorbing ink it’s causing the paper to react negatively.

For high humidity above 70%, you will need a paper around 110-120 gsm. With a high humidity, the paper can easily become damp, making it softer, stiff, but also weak. By using a low weight paper, it can be hard to print a smooth result due to the hardness and stiffness.

Dye Sublimation Media FAQ

What Type of Garment Can I use My Transfer Paper On?

Transfer paper is recommended for garments that are made of 100% cotton or polyester blend fabric for the best results. Transfer paper such as the Epson DS Transfer paper is great for high volume printing for fabrics and textiles.

Can I Iron Over the Transferred Area after Performing the Heat Transfer?

You can iron the rest of your shirt or garment, but it is not recommended to directly iron on the transferred area. Before you iron on this specific area, you must cover it with a protective covering, you do not want to expose the area to heat.

What Is the Shelf Life of Transfer Paper?

This depends on what brand or type of sublimation transfer paper you are using. Your transfer paper should last from around 1-2 years. For a more detailed approach, you should look at the instruction sheet for your product or call us here at Garston so that we may provide you with an accurate answer.

Should I Trim My Transfer Paper Before Use?

You need to trim off any areas that do not include your initial design. If you leave excess areas, these portions will show up on your garment. This may not present problems for light colored shirts, but it can be a problem for dark garments.

What Does Epson DS Transfer Paper Offer?

Epson DS Transfer Paper is versatile and easy to use, and can be used on a variety of different mediums. This not only includes fabric or textiles, but aluminum, wood and ceramics. With a medium-weight, quick-drying, breathable consistency to promote photographic results. This type of paper is available in a few different long-length rolls.

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Honest, Fair Prices On All Dye Sublimation Media

Garston is a proud supplier of dye sublimation media, specifically focused on transfer paper. For over 60 years, we’ve been supplying all of Connecticut with a variety of products to help you continuously on your screen printing journey. If you ever have any questions or need to make an order, call us at 860-289-3040 and we’ll be glad to assist you.