Why does my sublimation printer print dull and faded looking colours?

Sublimation is a fantastic, creative industry. Unfortunately, it can also at times be very complicated and often frustrating. Luckily your friendly team of professionals at West Rand Sublimation Supplies is standing by to assist you in becoming a sublimation expert!

Today we will be discussing one of the most common (and often most confusing) aspects of sublimation printing: The initial print coming out of my printer is dull and looks faded.

It is important to note that this is perfectly fine and in fact shows us that we are on the right track. You should be worried if your initial print onto sublimation paper is full of vibrant and saturated colours!

The reason for this dull or faded looking print coming out of your printer is that sublimation ink is only activated at 200 degrees Celsius, and when placed under sufficient pressure. In other words, the correct colour will only appear on the final sublimated product – after you have completed the sublimation process carefully.

Here is an example of a printed image before sublimation was done:






This is the same image on a final product, after sublimation was completed.






See how the dull, faded colour on our paper (first image), transformed into vibrant and solid looking colours on our final product (second image)? That is the magic of sublimation!

For minor corrections to the final colour matching, we recommend that you ensure that you have installed the correct ICC profile for your specific sublimation printer.

Briefly, the ICC profile tells the printer how to correctly interpret colours for accurate colour matching of the final product. More about ICC profiles later.

If you find that you are struggling with your sublimation colours looking dull or faded you can contact us on sales@sublimationsupplies.co.za and we will gladly assist you in either installing the correct  ICC profile on your computer or troubleshooting your sublimation process.

Happy Sublimating!