Dye sublimation is a process that allows us to print full color high quality photo images and graphics on Polyester and Poly Blend fabrics and many types of hard substrates like glass, metals, stones and plastics that have a poly resin coating applied. This allows for a very creative way to get your photos and designs onto memorable pieces for you or your clients.
ADVANTAGES OF SUBLIMATION PRINTING:
The advantages of dye-sublimation printing cannot be overstated enough and if you’re new to this technology then here’s what you should know.
The advantages over screen printing, Direct to garment printing and vinyl transfers are that with sublimation you have an image that with the proper applications used, inks will embed themselves into the material permanently.
For an example lets use a Tee Shirt, once the sublimation is applied the material does not have a heavy ink coating on it like traditional screen printing or direct to garment printing were you have a heavy hand to the print area, this causes the apparels material to have insufficient breathability qualities when wearing.
Dye sublimation allows the material to breath just as it was in its original state and there is no cracking or peeling of your design, the prints are also 100% washable.
The best part, however, is the eco-friendly nature of this process. It uses water-based dyes, which means that no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are produced like you would get from solvent-based inks. In addition, there is no waste making its way into our waterways as there is no water used in the printing process thus also saving water under dye-sublimation printing and with no water in the process, prints are dry and ready to use as soon as they exit the printer in contrast to the energy-soaking heaters that traditional printing methods use to dry materials.
MUST KNOWS WITH SUBLIMATION PRODUCTS:
Fabrics must have minimum of 48% polyester in them and hard substrates must have a white poly resin coating which we provide.
There is no white ink in the sublimation process so anything white on your design will be the color of the material that you have chosen to print on.
Most of the hard substrates have a white poly resin coating, so you can use that to your advantage if you have whites in your design.
Full color graphics are easily achieved and look brilliant on lighter colored surfaces but as you go into darker material you loose some of the details in the color so to get by that we use only black inks when sublimating on darker materials such as purples, iron grey, navy, forest green ect.
Sublimation will not show up on Black material.
Here is a file i have created to give you an idea on choosing the proper art to color of tee FILE LINK
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