Introducing EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ Sublimation Paper Sheets

Coastal is excited to announce that we now carry EMULATE™ & EMULATE SECURE™ Sublimation Paper Sheets by Neenah Performance Materials! Designed specifically for desktop sublimation printing, these sheets make life easy for those sublimating hard surfaces and polyester performance apparel. Read on to learn more about the benefits of both!

EMULATE™ – Hard Surface Sheets for Small-Format Production

Manufactured in the USA with hard surface sublimation in mind, Neenah’s EMULATE™ sublimation paper sheets allow for easy desktop production. These Coastal-exclusive paper sheets enhance dye-sublimation transfers with exceptional color reproduction and reduce ink consumption during the process. For those creating hard substrates using a desktop sublimation setup, the EMULATE™ sheets provide consistent results every time.

Other benefits of the EMULATE™ sublimation papers include:

  • Enhances dye sublimation transfers with high-quality color reproduction
  • Manageable non-tack surface
  • Immediate ink dry time
  • Possess exceptional lay-flat properties to prevent unwanted curling during pressing
  • Printed backside grid assists with improving transfer alignment and design registration

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EMULATE SECURE™ – The First Tacky Dye-Sub Paper for Desktops

If you have experience with sublimation printing, then you probably are familiar with the struggles of “ghosting”. Ghosting is a common sublimation concern (especially with desktop printing) – it occurs when there’s a shift in the transfer paper while the panel is still hot, leaving a shadow or secondary image on the final product. The experts at Neenah recognized the impact this can have on production time for those using desktop setups. To combat the frequency of ghosting and registration issues among desktop decorators, Neenah developed EMULATE SECURE™.

EMULATE SECURE™ is the first dye sub paper of its kind to deliver the control given by a tack paper to decorators that primarily use desktop printers. Available exclusively from Coastal Business Supplies in sheets, these sublimation papers are USA-made and possess a tacky side guaranteed to keep them in place during the transfer process. The backside of the paper has a printed grid to assist with improving transfer registration, making it the first dye-sub paper on the market completely designed for efficient small-format sublimation.

Other features of the EMULATE SECURE™ sheets include:

Both the EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ sublimation paper sheets work great with all desktop printers – try them with the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 or SG800 today!

Ready to improve your desktop sublimation production? Contact our Customer Success Team to learn more about the benefits of using EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ dye-sublimation paper sheets. Our team of pros will give you the insight and assistance needed to help your business succeed! Give us a call today: (800) 562-7760

Heat Transfer Metallic Foil and Compatible Transfer Papers

Heat transfer metallic foils are a simple and awesome way to add an extra bling effect to laser transfer t-shirts that can only be replicated with metallic vinyl – but not with the ease or fine detail possible with heat transfer foils!

Our foil effect finishing sheets are available in a wide range of pearlescent, shimmery, and foil effect colors and are held on a thin clear liner for simple handling and pressing. The foil layer adheres to the raised toner transfer and does not require cutting or weeding for a contoured, detailed design!

Compatible Papers

FOREVER Laser-Dark No-Cut (Low Temp) Heat Transfer Paper


Instructions for foiling:

Print image mirrored horizontally in all black or solid dark color.

Step 1- Marry the printed A foil sheet with the B (grid back) sheet to transfer glue over to the printed design per normal instructions.

Step 2- Transfer image onto shirt for 15 seconds (half the normal time) at medium pressure (4-5 bar). Peel cold

Step 3- Place foil on top of design with the foil color face up, and press for 35-45 seconds at the closest temperature of the actual paper (305-310F) with heavy pressure (6-8 bar).  Peel cold

Note: This paper can be transferred on hard surface substrates and other materials as well. Proceed with the recommended printed instructions and follow “Step 3” to apply foil as the final additional step.


ImageClip Laser Dark Heat Transfer Paper


Instructions for foiling:

Print image mirrored horizontally in all black or solid dark color

Step 1- Marry the printed A sheet (purple back imaging paper) with B sheet ( tan back transfer paper) together to transfer glue to the A sheet per normal instructions

Step 2- Transfer image onto shirt at 375F for 20 seconds at medium pressure (4-5 bar). Peel cold.

Step 3- Place foil on top of design with the foil color face up and press for 35-45 seconds at 350F with heavy pressure (6-8 bar). Peel cold.

Click HERE to visit our step by step tutorial on how to use the Foiling sheets with Image Clip Laser Dark. 


Digi-Trans No Weed Laser Transfer Paper

(for light fabrics only)


Instructions for foiling:

Print image mirrored horizontally in all black or solid dark color.

Follow normal pressing instructions to transfer to fabric but decrease pressure to a medium (3-5 bar) to avoid transferring excess glue from the sheet.

Once image is transferred, place foil on top of design with the foil color face up and press for 35-45 seconds at 330F with heavy pressure (6-8 bar). Peel cold.

Note: Using Digi Trans with the foiling sheets may result in uneven transfer, irregular foiled edges, excess glue that picks up foil in undesired areas and is overall more difficult to work with.



How to Use Finishing Foil With Image Clip Laser Dark

Foiling is a heat transfer paper finishing technique that is not only eye catching, but also fairly easy to do. The foil comes in a variety of metallic colors, such as silver, gold, blue, red, and more specialized shimmery color combos like confetti gold, glitter red and dust gold (check out all of our available colors HERE).

In this tutorial, we used the “glitter silver” metallic foil which has a great multi-color finish and illusion of texture and Image Clip Laser Dark two step paper. Image Clip Laser Dark is a popular paper compatible with both CMYK and white toner printers and its self-weeding properties make it possible to transfer complex and detailed designs hassle free: no cutting or masking required.



Print your image in a solid black color, mirrored horizontally. You may also print your design in a very dark color such as a dark blue or red to match the foil color, but in most cases black works best. It provides great toner density for a more durable transfer and helps create a distressed look once the foil starts fading over time.

When using Image Clip Laser Dark, make sure you are printing on the sheet with the purple grid backing also marked as IMAGE CLIP Laser Dark Imaging Paper.






Step 1

During this step, you will be adding a layer of glue on your already printed design. Lay the printed imaging sheet on the press facing up and place the second sheet of paper that has a tan (light brown) grid back and is marked as IMAGE CLIP Laser Dark Transfer paper on top of it with the blank side face down. This process is called “marrying” the two sheets together.

We recommend pressing the two sheets together at 225F for 20 seconds with medium pressure (4-5 bars).

Once the 20 seconds elapse, open the press and peel off the top transfer paper immediately while still very hot in one quick, smooth motion.




After the glue sheet has been removed, your black design should now have an opaque layer of white glue transferred evenly across the page. Inspect both the imaging sheet and the glue sheet for any inconsistencies. On the imaging sheet, any parts that are missing glue will not transfer on the shirt well or at all. Make sure there isn’t excess glue anywhere else on the page: glue should adhere to toner only and not on the blank paper itself. If any of the black is transferring over to the top glue sheet, decrease the pressure.








Step 2

Once glue has been successfully added to the purple imaging sheet, place the sheet with the design face down onto the shirt. We used a 100% black cotton shirt for this tutorial.

We recommend doing this step at 375F for 25 seconds at a medium pressure (4 to 5 bar).

After pressing, move the shirt off to the side and let it cool completely. Once it is cooled, peel away the paper to reveal the black design.




AAA_3259You may notice some white spots, especially in really small detailed areas. With such tiny detail, that is normal as the glue tends to spread out a little due to the pressure and heat applied during pressing. The foiling sheet will cover up all these areas.










Step 3

For this final step, place the shirt back on the press and put a piece of foil on top of it, cut down to size, with the whiter opaque side facing down. The color of the foil itself should be facing up as that is the side you will be looking at once the transfer is complete.

The foil can be pressed at anywhere from 300F to 350F. For this tutorial and paper, we pressed the foil at 350F for 35 seconds with heavy pressure (6-8 bars).

Let the foil completely cool down before peeling.




AAA_3303Once the foil is cold to the touch, peel away in a smooth motion. You will notice that the foil has completely adhered to your previously black design, leaving a transparent image on the foiling sheet where foil once was. All of the white glue areas should be gone at this stage. Foil will not adhere to fabric alone which makes this step self-weeding and hassle free as well.








finished_foil1The finished design is definitely a head turner!