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Curious about how to sublimate on glow-in-the-dark HTV? 

Good, because I was too! 

I made this step-by-step guide and YouTube video on the entire process. 

​One of my favorite parts of any holiday throughout the year is how creative I can get. 

That’s why when I saw the Glow-In-The-Dark HTV, I knew I wanted to make shirts for Halloween. 

You can use heat-transfer vinyl, also known as HTV materials, in many different ways. But sublimation is one of my favorite ways. 

Finished custom black shirt with a glow-in-the-dark moon design printed on it.

What Is The Sublimation Process?

First things first, what’s this sublimation buzz all about? (Because it’s all the rage right now!)

Well, sublimation is like magic for customizing things.

It’s a process where special inks turn into a gaseous state when heated and get absorbed by materials, creating long-lasting designs with vibrant colors. 

So, let’s say you’re making a t-shirt. The sublimation inks turn into a gas when heated and become infused with the different materials that make up the shirt.

You’ll find polyester materials work best with sublimation, but I will discuss this further in this blog post!

But why is this such a good thing? (Aka, why are crafters like me so obsessed with this process?) 

​The main reason it’s so popular is because of the longevity you can get from your custom-made items. 

Your colorful designs won’t fade with every wash. And your beautiful design will stay intact, whereas other materials, like permanent vinyl, can crack and peel away from the materials. 

Glow-in-the-dark HTV on a dark shirt made with sublimation.

Can You Sublimate On Glow-In-The-Dark Vinyl?

The answer is yes! You can totally add some glow to your creations. 

Glow-in-the-dark HTV is a type of vinyl that, when sublimated properly, can light up in the dark. 

But, there are some specific steps you have to follow to get the best results with your creation. 

I will show you the best way to make your designs pop in the dark! 

What Is The Temperature For Glow-In-The-Dark HTV?

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to sublimate on glow-in-the-dark HTV. 

Glow-in-the-dark HTV likes it hot! You’ll need to set your heat press to around 375°F (190°C) to make that vinyl shine. So, be sure to double-check your heat settings for a glow-tastic result.

Press your sublimation design in an HTVront heat press machine with Cricut tools in the background.

What Is The Best Type Of Shirt To Use With Glow-In-The-Dark HTV?

Choosing the right shirt is key. 

As I mentioned above, polyester is king when it comes to sublimation. So, look for 100% polyester or a polyester blend shirt – they’re like the BFFs of sublimation. 

The fabric needs to be able to take in the sublimated inks, so cotton shirts won’t do the trick here.

But that’s not all you need to consider when buying sublimation blanks for your glow-in-the-dark HTV project. 

While most sublimated designs will work best with white polyester fabrics, this isn’t the case with glow-in-the-dark HTV. 

Instead, you’ll want to find dark shirts. 

​When I did my project, I used one dark grey shirt and one black shirt. In my opinion, the design looks much better on the black shirt. 

Glow-in-the-dark HTV on a dark shirt made with sublimation.

​The reason you want dark colors for your glow-in-the-dark designs is so that the colors stand out in the dark. The lighter the color of that material is, the more it will wash out your design, which you don’t want! 

What Supplies Do You Need To Sublimate On Glow-In-The-Dark HTV

Okay, next up is what supplies you need. 

Before we get our hands dirty, let’s gather our tools. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to start the glow-in-the-dark HTV adventure! 

Glow-In-The-Dark HTV

This is the star of the show, the vinyl that will make your designs glow.

I used the Siser Glow In The Dark HTV.

Sublimation Blank

Then, of course, you’ll need the base material for your project. This could be a shirt, a bag, or anything that can handle the heat.

But, if you’re following my step-by-step instructions, you’ll want a 100% polyester shirt with dark fabrics. 

Sublimation Printer & Sublimation Dyes

Sublimation printing requires a printer with special inks. (I used my Epson ET 8550.) 

​Again, you can’t use just any printer ink because the ink needs to react properly in high temperatures. Regular ink just can’t do that. 

To learn more about sublimation printing, check out this handy guide

Sublimation Paper

Your designs also need a particular paper known as a sublimation transfer paper, and this is true with glow-in-the-dark HTV too.

This transfer sheet is designed to react with your sublimation inks in high temperatures to transfer your sublimated design from the paper to the blank product. 

​Cricut Machine

This nifty tool will be your best friend if you’re cutting your vinyl into shapes. Rather than cutting out your design by hand, you can get your Cricut machine to do it for you. 

I used my Cricut Maker 3 when making this project, but you can do it with any Cricut machine, such as the Cricut Easypress or Cricut Joy machines. 

Heat Press Machine

The hero that’ll transfer your design onto the vinyl and make it glow! 

I used my HTVRont machine for this project, but you can use any heat press machine as long as it reaches the required temperatures. 

Miscellaneous Supplies and Tools

In addition to those supplies and tools, you’ll also need for glow-in-the-dark HTV: 

  • a Teflon sheet
  • weeding tools
  • gloves
Place your sublimation design made with Cricut Design space on a dark colored t-shirt in the center.

Where To Find A Sublimation Design That You Can Use With Glow-In-The-Dark HTV

Don’t fret if you’re not a design pro! There are many places online where you can find sublimation designs ready to go. 

A great place is here on ColorMeCrafty. In fact, this sublimation design can be found in my free resource library, along with other great designs you can use! 

If you use Cricut Design Space, you can also find a sublimation image in their included resources. 

And of course, if you’re good with design, you can also make your own. 

Sublimate glow-in-the-dark resource library mockup.

Grab the free SVG!

Go to file #112 in the free resource library.

Where can I send the resource library files?

    ​How To Make Stuff With Other Kinds Of Vinyl

    Want to experiment more with other kinds of vinyl? Check out some of these excellent tutorials! 

    Finished custom black shirt with a glow-in-the-dark moon design printed on it.
    Yield: 1

    How To Sublimate On Glow In The Dark HTV

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Active Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Estimated Cost: $20

    Learn how to sublimate on glow-in-the-dark HTV using a dark-colored shirt to make your own custom shirts for Halloween.


    • Siser Glow In The Dark HTV
    • Sublimation Paper
    • Teflon Sheet


    • Sublimation Printer (I used my Epson 8550)
    • Cricut Machine or another cutting machine (even laser cutter)
    • HTVRont Auto Press
    • Weeding Tool


    1. Set your heat press to 360 for 45 seconds. Cricut Maker 3 and HTVRont heat press machine on a table with a sublimation design ready to be made.
    2. Download the Sublimation file and upload it into Cricut Design Space. Making your halloween design in Cricut Design space.
    3. Now, go back and upload a second time as a print then cut.
    4. Resize your design, and click on Make It. grey and pink moon with bats flying around made in Cricut Design Space on a desktop computer.
    5. Print out the sublimation file on your sublimation printer. Pink halloween moon design printed on sublimation paper from the Cricut machine.
    6. Cut with the Cricut, I use the copy paper setting. Cut out your sublimation design with a Cricut machine.
    7. And cut out your vinyl.
    8. After everything is cut, preheat your shirt for a couple of seconds, and press the vinyl for about 10 seconds. Press your sublimation design in an HTVront heat press machine with Cricut tools in the background.
    9. Layer the sublimation print onto the vinyl and press your sublimation design on, I like to tape mine down first. Place your sublimation design made with Cricut Design space on a dark colored t-shirt in the center.
    10. Press for 45 seconds. Finished custom black shirt with a glow-in-the-dark moon design printed on it.

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