Hocus Pocus Sublimation: The Step-by-Step Guide [2022]

Hocus Pocus sublimation vector image including text and three pumpkins
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I’m sure you’ve heard people talking about hocus pocus sublimation. It’s a trendy design that you can sublimate.

In this article, I will discuss hocus pocus sublimation transfer on different blanks like glass, tumblers, mugs, and shirts. Additionally, I will share some hocus pocus sublimation designs that you can download for free.

Sublimation allows you to create custom designs on blanks. But if your designs are poor, it’s just a waste of time and money.

In short, you’ll need some trendy and eye-catching designs that you can sublimate on blanks. Hocus Pocus designs are great examples of modern and eye-catching designs.

So, whether you want to sublimate on Glass, Mugs, Shirts, or Tumblers, just read this article!

What Is Sublimation Printing

As you know, the method we use today to print on blanks is sublimation printing. So what is sublimation printing?

Sublimation Printing

Sublimation printing is a process that involves heat to transfer prints on blanks. Sublimation only works on polyester blanks or polyester-coated blanks.

It’s so much the same as the heat transfer vinyl method(HTV). See the difference between sublimation and HTV.

How Sublimation Printing Is Done

The image is printed by a sublimation printer with sublimation inks and then transferred to the sublimation blank using a heat source like a heat press.

This is just a primary method of sublimation printing. The process is slightly different for different sublimation blanks.

E.g., sublimation on nylon differs from sublimation on faux leather.

Hocus Pocus Sublimation Design Free Download

There are many hocus pocus designs available on the web. I collected some of the popular designs that you can download for free. You can combine two or more designs according to your choice.

Note: The preview images are low-quality images. To download high-resolution photos, use the link given below.

Use this Google Drive link to download original high-quality images.

witch cooking and laughing, Halloween image
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Image by pikisuperstar on Freepik
hocus pocus vector including skull between hands and snakes
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Image by Freepik
witch cooking and laughing, hocus pocus, black cat
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Image by pikisuperstar on Freepik
hocus pocus vector including temple and a small moon at the back
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Image by Freepik
hocus pocus vector including skull and bone
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Image by Freepik
hocus pocus vector image including ghost and pumpkins
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Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik
halloween vector including demon pumpkin and has a moon at back
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Image by pikisuperstar on Freepik
5 halloween pumpkins laughing
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Image by pikisuperstar on Freepik
hocus pocus vector that has a moon and a tree and houses
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Image by macrovector on Freepik
halloween vector image that has a temple and a tree and a moon
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Image by katemangostar on Freepik

Use this link to download original high-quality images.

Step-by-Step Guide Of Hocus Pocus Sublimation On Glass

Now you have downloaded the hocus pocus sublimation design. Let’s dive into the step-by-step guide to sublimate the design on the glass.

First, I will discuss the things you would require for sublimating hocus pocus design on the glass.

Required Things

To do sublimation, you must have the following things available.

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1- Sublimation Printer

The first thing you will need is the sublimation printer filled with sublimation inks. Don’t use inkjet printers.

If you have an inkjet printer, convert your inkjet into a sublimation printer. Or buy a new sublimation printer.

Here are the best sublimation printers you can consider as a beginner.

2- Sublimation Paper

Next, you’ll need a sublimation paper. Sublimation printer prints the image on sublimation paper. Don’t use regular papers for sublimation.

Always use the best paper for sublimation. A sub sublimation papers are the best sublimation papers you can use.

3- Sublimation Blank (Glass, Mug, Tumbler, Shirt)

Thirdly, you’ll need a sublimation blank. Sublimation blanks are made of polyester or have a polyester coating on them.

Right now, glass is the sublimation blank. You can get it on Amazon.

4- Heat-Resistant Tapes

After that, you’ll need heat tapes to fix the image with the blank. Heat tapes prevent movements during sublimation.

5- Heat Press/Mug Press/Tumbler Press

Lastly, you will need a heat press (including butcher papers) to transfer the image to the glass.

A mug press is required when you’re sublimating on mugs, and a tumblers press is needed when you’re sublimating on tumblers.

Step #1 [Image Printing]

  • First, take the glass and measure its dimensions.
  • Open your image in the graphic software and resize the image according to the glass size.
  • Turn on your sublimation printer and put the sublimation paper inside it.
  • Then print the image in the highest quality (don’t mirror the image).
  • And that’s all.
hocus pocus image printing by a sublimation printer
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Step #2 [Image Transfer]

  • Take the printed image and glass and fix the image over the glass with heat tapes.
  • Turn on the heat press and set its temperature to the seller’s guidelines. In my case, it’s 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put the glass and image inside the heat press in a way that the glass faces downward and the image upward.
  • Put butcher paper over it and press for 90 seconds.
  • After pressing, take the glass out and let it cool.
  • Remove the image, and you will have the hocus pocus sublimated glass.

See this detailed guide of sublimation on glass, including detailed instructions with pictures.

hocus pocus sublimated glass having an image of demons and a dark house
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Step-by-Step Guide Of Hocus Pocus Sublimation On Mug

Now let’s sublimate the image on the sublimation mug. You’ll need all the required things for the first process.

But this time, the blank is the mug, and the heat source is the mug press.

Required Things

  • Sublimation Printer
  • Sublimation Paper
  • Sublimation Mug Blank
  • Heat Tapes
  • Mug Press Machine

Step #1 [Printing The Image]

  • Measure the dimension of the printable area of the mug and then resize the image according to the size.
  • The mug size is smaller, so I recommend printing two images on a single sublimation paper that you can use for future projects.
  • Mirror and print the image in high quality.
  • After printing, cut the image from the paper, leaving half-inches from the sides.
hocus pocus image printed on a sublimation paper having three small girls
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Step #2 [Sublimation Process]

  • Turn on the mug press machine and pre-press the mug for 5 seconds at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Take the cup, wrap the image around it, and then fix it with heat tapes.
  • Place the cup in the press and make sure to place it in the center.
  • Press it for 120 seconds using the same temperature, i.e., 180 degrees Celsius
  • After pressing, rotate the mug to 180 degrees and press again for 100 seconds.
  • After finishing, let the mug cool and then remove the image by removing the tapes.

And that’s all. That’s just a brief guide to sublimate on mug. To see the detailed guide with images, check out how to sublimate on a mug.

hocus pocus text with background printed on a mug
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Step-by-Step Guide Of Hocus Pocus Sublimation On Sweat Shirt

Let’s sublimate the hocus pocus on wearables. I am using a sweatshirt.

Required Things

  • Sublimation Printer
  • Sublimation Paper
  • Shirt Blank
  • Heat Tapes
  • Heat Press

Step #1 [Image Printing]

  • As always, the first step is image printing, so open the image in the graphics software.
  • Resize the image according to the size you want to print. As you are printing on a shirt, it’s up to you. You can print small or large.
  • Mirror the image and then print it in the best quality.
  • Cut the excess white parts off the paper if you printed the image small.
halloween town image printed on a sublimation paper and the image is mirrored
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Step #2 [Sublimation Transfer]

  • Turn on the heat press and set its temperature to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put the shirt in the heat press, place butcher paper over it, and pre-press it for 5 seconds.
  • Then take butcher paper and place it inside the shirt to avoid printing on the other side.
  • Take the image, align it over the hoodie, and fix it with heat tapes.
  • After all, press the shirt for 60 seconds at 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

And that’s all; here is the detailed guide with images to sublimate on a shirt.

halloween town image printed on a shirt
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Step-by-Step Guide Of Hocus Pocus Sublimation On A Tumbler

Sublimation on a tumbler is the last blank of today. Tumbler is my favorite sublimation blank. So let’s do a hocus pocus sublimation tumbler.

Required Things

  • Sublimation Printer
  • Sublimation Paper
  • Tumbler Sublimation Blank
  • Heat Tapes
  • Tumbler Press

Step #1 [Printing The Image]

  • Take the tumbler and measure its length and width.
  • Open the image in Canva or Coreldraw and transform the image size one inch greater to the tumbler size.
  • And as always, mirror the image and then print.
  • Then cut the excess white parts.
hocus pocus design printed on sublimation paper
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Step #2 [Tumbler Taping]

  • Take the tumbler, image, and heat tapes.
  • Wrap the image around the tumbler and fix it with heat-resistant tapes.
  • First, apply the tapes horizontally and then make a seam.
  • Make sure not to leave any bubbles between the heat tapes and the tumbler.
  • Apply the tapes to the top and bottom, like in the image below.
Tumbler taped with heat resistance tapes
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Step #3 [Tumbler Sublimation]

  • Turn on the tumbler press and set the temperature to 360 degrees.
  • Place the tumbler in the pressing machine in a way that the seam faces the bottom. Then press for 60 seconds.
  • After pressing, open the press and rotate the tumbler in a way that the seam face your front. Then press again for 30 seconds.
  • Open the tumbler one more time and turn the tumbler to 180 degrees. The seam should face the back of the press.
  • Press for 10 seconds.
  • After all, remove the heat tapes and uncover the beautiful hocus pocus sublimation tumbler.

Check this detailed step-by-step guide to tumbler sublimation.

hocus pocus design sublimated on a tumbler
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Hocus Pocus Tumbler Sublimation Video Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of blank is best to sublimate hocus pocus?

Tumblers are best to sublimate hocus pocus. Hocus pocus looks amazing on tumblers. However, it’s a personal choice for everyone.

Can you sublimate hocus pocus on cotton shirts?

Yes, and No, Sublimation does not work on cotton. However, you can apply some special treatments to sublimate hocus pocus on cotton. But it wouldn’t be bright as polyester.

Where to find hocus pocus designs for sublimation?

You can find many hocus pocus designs on Freepik, Unsplash, and Pexels. You can also combine multiple images to create your own design.

Final Words

There you go. You have learned easy steps to do hocus pocus sublimation. You can gift these designs to someone, or you can even sell them.

This process requires time, but it’s worth the time. So, download the hocus pocus design shared above and start creating your first project.

Keep in mind all the steps; you will get the most bright, attractive, and eye-catching results. Follow these tips to make sublimation more bright and vibrant.

And just like everything else in life, Practice Makes Perfect.

If you have any questions, ask in the comments or TWEET @printertip.

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About Shoaib Saqib

Hello there! It's Shoaib, the creator of PrinterTip. I am a printing expert and have worked in the printing business for more than five years. I have completed tens of thousands of printing tasks and have an extensive understanding of secrets. And I love writing about printing, mostly Sublimation Printing.

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