How to Convert an Epson printer to sublimation?

Genuine sublimation printers are either out of stock or are available at high prices. The most reliable printers that are available in the market are Epson printers. But the technology embedded in Epson needs alterations. So, to know how to convert an Epson printer to sublimation, read the blog till the end.

If you’re looking for a way to convert the Epson printer to sublimation, Google has brought it to the right place. Certainly, the sublimation printing method is globally loved, appreciated, and applied to get unique prints.

This method has enabled people to get their favourite designs printed on special things, like shirts, glass, tumblers, cups etc. Whether you do it for yourself or sell it as a service, this printing method is more than a treasure.

Without any further delay, let’s head over to the topic now.

Why do you have to convert an Epson printer to sublimation?

This question will likely be hitting your mind, Why do you have to make an effort to convert an Epson printer to sublimation when the sublimation   

Are printers already available in the market?

The sublimation printers are pricey, so to get them, you need to have deep pockets. But, for a person who has to do crafting for himself as a hobby or just for fun, investing so much money for a sublimation printer is not worth it.

Therefore, a cost-effective way of getting started with crafting is by transforming your Epson printer into a sublimation printer.

However, if you want to do business with sublimation, you must know some facts. For instance, starting a full-time company or providing a printing service, then investing in a sublimation printer is your way.

How to convert an Epson printer to sublimation?

The right way of conversion is simpler if done with proper care and technique. It’s simpler than you think. There are just some easy steps that you have to observe to get the sublimation print with Epson. I hope that you will be able to do it with ease by the end of this article.

Step 1: Unload Your Printer

The easiest step is unloading first. Withdraw your Printer out of the package and remove the tap stuck to the box.

Step2: Load the Ink of Sublimation in the Printer

The special Ink is used in the sublimation printing method, which helps the Printer make different colourful designs on the objects. Load the Ink into it to get your Printer ready for the sublimation.

How do you do it?

This may be trickier for some, but here is a little hack. To make the loading process easier, you can use the bottles of the Epson Ink.

As they come with a top that makes the ink loading process. However, you still have to do it carefully so that you may not end up making your desk messy. The Printer has to be off throughout the process, as you’ll be making changes inside of it.

Now, open your Epson printer’s jars by using Jar openers that you use for household jar bottles.

Then, Put the Ink out of the bottle. You have to do it slowly without pouring it down, as it can leave quite dark strains that tend to be challenging to get rid of.

Pour the Ink in any bottle, seal it and dispose of it. Now, you have empty ink bottles to clean up correctly.

Ensure you do cleaning well because if the sublimation ink gets mixed up with another ink, it may not give you the expected crafting results.

The bottles are clean; next, pour the sublimation ink into them without gushing it down.

Finally comes the most crucial part: loading the Ink into your Epson printer. To do that, open up the Printer panel; this would likely be the right side of it.

You should now see the three different coloured tanks into the panel you have to pour the sublimation ink. Put the Ink in a specific colour in the distinctive tank. After filling up the tanks, you will have leftover Ink; save it as we will and use it later. Now, close the printer panel plugs in the back and turn it on.

As the Printer turns on, there will be some prompts on the screen that you can read carefully. Meanwhile, the Printer starts checking the changes you’ve made to it and charging the sublimation ink.

Once the inks are charged completely, the tanks will be empty; fill them again with the leftover ink that we had saved for later use.

Step3: Set up the colour preferences of your Printer

If you want an elegant colourful sublimation, setting up the colour preference of your Epson printer will do the trick for you. It enhances the colour quality.

How do you do it?

Head over to your printer’s settings, and a list will appear; choose the Epson printer from it. Click on Printer preferences and remove the old preference settings from there. Do not fret; you will not need to use them in the future.

  • Document size should be “Letter 8.5x 11in”.
  • Orientation: Set to Landscape
  • Paper Type: Presentation Paper Matte
  • Quality: Keep it on High
  • 2-Sided Printing: You better leave it Off
  • Color: Leave it on Colour
  • Multi-Page: Off

After that,  click on more options and set the following settings to the page.

  • Document Size: Leave it on Letter
  • Output Paper: Document Size
  • Reduce/Enlarge Image: Keep it unchecked
  • Colour Correction: Custom
  • Additional Settings: ONLY CHECK MIRROR IMAGE. Keep it at Rotate 180, and High Speed should stay unchecked.

Once you’re done, Next up, click on Advanced options and make the following mentioned changes to the settings.

  • Click on colour controls
  • And then you’ll be headed over to the colours, then Change Colour Mode to ADOBE RGB.
  • Change Gamma to 2.2

The process is almost done; name the settings by clicking on Add/Remove Presets.

You can put any name you want to, but ideally, naming it as sublimation printing or something related to this name would be better to remember in the future.

Bottom lines

I hope you know very well how to convert your Epson printer to sublimation. I have tried to make you understand as easily as possible, and I hope it was easy enough to comprehend. Ensure the Epson printer with Micro-Piezo technology is compatible with sublimation inks, and other technologies are not recommended.