Textile printers who want to replicate the durability and softness of dye sublimation in cotton garments could choose ChromaBlast as their preferred printing process. This process involves the image to be printed directly onto the fabric. ChromaBlast process substitutes OEM ink with ChromaBlast ink. The ink is then printed on the ChromaBlast media. The process involves the image to be printed in reverse on the carrier paper sheet.

The image is then laid on the shirt and positioned on the heat press. It is pressed on the shirt at 375-degree Fahrenheit. The end result will be an image which is soft and smooth as the shirt. Although an iron can be used to apply ChromaBlast, a commercial heat press is much more efficient and consistent.

Designing the image 

Designing is extremely simple. A proprietary driver must be installed for the printer while setting up the system. The design itself can be made in CorelDRAW, Photoshop. Flexisign or Adobe Illustrator among many others. You can choose your own graphic design software. When you are ready to print the created design, select the proprietary software driver from the printer list. Send the file. You can also select paper size and the saturation level at this stage. Click OK to make the file print on the transfer paper. 

If you want to print later after putting the image on transfer paper, then store the latter at a place where direct sunlight cannot reach. It is recommended that prints be stored inside a plastic bag. The bag must be firmly sealed. In case the image gets exposed to direct sunlight, the color will fade. The transfer will not be vibrant when you finally transfer via heat press. 

Compare with dye sublimation 

ChromaBlast is quite similar to sublimation. The fundamental process is the same. Just like sublimation, it is restricted to white, grayscale or pastel fabric. Sublimation is versatile than ChromaBlast as the latter has only one application. It is not possible for it to be used on mugs and ceramic tiles. It is also not washfast as the sublimation results. The sublimation prints last as long as the garment. ChromaBlast prints lose their brightness after approximately 30 washes. In this context, the ChromaBlast cotton print lasts longer compared to other methods used for digital garment decoration. It is superior to direct-to-garment prints and laser transfers. The one overriding advantage of ChromaBlast is that it is much more economical to print.