Exploring Sublimation Without a Printer
Can you do sublimation without a printer?

Sublimation printing has become a popular method for creating vibrant, long-lasting designs on a variety of substrates, from fabrics to ceramics. Traditionally, this process requires a sublimation printer, which can be a significant investment. However, for those looking to dip their toes into the world of sublimation without committing to purchasing a printer, there are several creative alternatives to explore. This blog post will guide you through different ways to engage in sublimation projects without a printer, ensuring you can still enjoy the beauty of sublimation art.

1. Pre-Printed Sublimation Transfers

One of the easiest ways to get started with sublimation without a printer is to purchase pre-printed sublimation transfers. These are available in a wide range of designs and can be ordered from various suppliers, including Craft Express. Simply select the design you love, and use a heat press to transfer it onto your substrate.

Pros: Wide variety of designs available; no need for design software or a printer.

Cons: Less customization; dependent on available designs.

2. Sublimation Markers

Sublimation markers allow you to draw or write your designs by hand on plain paper, which can then be transferred onto your substrate using a heat press. This method is great for personalized projects or for crafters who enjoy drawing.

Pros: Highly customizable; great for unique, hand-drawn designs.

Cons: Requires a steady hand and artistic ability; may not achieve the same high-resolution results as printed designs.

3. Using a Local Print Shop

Some print shops offer sublimation printing services. You can create your design using graphic design software, then bring it to a local print shop that offers sublimation printing. They can print your design onto sublimation paper, which you can then transfer to your substrate.

Pros: Access to high-quality sublimation printing; no need to invest in a printer.

Cons: Cost per print may be higher; you'll need to transport the prints carefully to avoid damage.

4. Sublimation Printing Services Online

Similar to local print shops, there are online services that will print your custom designs onto sublimation paper or directly onto substrates and ship them to you. This option combines the convenience of online shopping with the ability to create custom sublimation projects.

Pros: Convenient and customizable; no need for your own equipment.

Cons: Longer wait times due to shipping; potential for higher costs.

Craft Express: Your Creative Partner

Whether you're exploring sublimation printing for the first time or looking for new methods to expand your crafting repertoire, Craft Express is here to support your creative journey. While we offer a wide range of sublimation supplies, including pre-printed sublimation transfers and sublimation markers, our goal is to ensure you have the tools and materials you need to bring your visions to life.


Sublimation printing without a printer is not only possible but also offers a unique opportunity to experiment with different techniques and materials. Whether you opt for pre-printed transfers, sublimation markers, or printing services, the key is to find the method that best suits your creative style and project needs. With a bit of ingenuity and the right resources, you can create stunning sublimation projects that stand out.