Dye-Sublimation Printing

Best for:

Complex artworks with lots of colours, polyester garments, small orders (as no minimum requirement), large orders.


What is dye-sublimation printing?

In the printing technique known as dye sublimation, heat is used to transfer dye onto a medium, such as paper or cloth. When the dye is introduced to the material in gas form, it bonds with the fibres and solidifies when it comes into contact with the material. High-quality, full-color printing on a range of materials, such as t-shirts, banners, and other products, are frequently produced using this method.


Benefits of sublimation:

  1. High-quality, full-color prints: Dye sublimation enables the production of prints with a variety of high-quality, full-color alternatives. Since the dye is applied in a gas form, it may be applied more precisely and evenly than with conventional printing techniques.
  2. Dye sublimation prints are extremely long-lasting and unaffected by fading, cracking, or peeling. When the dye combines with the material’s fibres, it solidifies, aiding in the creation of patterns that can resist frequent usage and handling.
  3. Versatility: A broad variety of materials, including fabrics, paper, and other porous surfaces, can be dyed sublimated. This makes it a flexible printing technique that may be applied to several applications. For printing on 100% polyester shirts, sublimation works pretty well.
  4. High-volume printing applications are appropriate for dye sublimation printing because it is a quick process. Additionally, it is a reasonably inexpensive printing technique, making it a viable choice for both people and corporations.
  5. Environmentally friendly: Water-based inks, which dye sublimation printing employs, are less damaging to the environment than other ink kinds. It is thus a more environmentally friendly printing choice.

Downsides of sublimation:

  1. Limited materials: Only a few types of materials can be utilised for dye sublimation, including paper and fabrics with a porous surface. On non-porous materials like metal or plastic, it is ineffective. Although cotton doesn’t print well either, it can be given a faded appearance if desired.
  2. Heat sensitivity: Dye sublimation prints are heat sensitive and might sustain damage if exposed to high temperatures. This may limit the kinds of materials that can be used in the printing process and make it difficult to transport or preserve prints.
  3. Limited colour choices: Although dye sublimation offers many colour options, it is less successful at generating some hues, such as metallics or neon hues. The variety of designs that can be made using this printing technique may be constrained as a result.

Sublimation FAQ’s:

Is there a setup fee?

No, completely free to setup 😊

Is there a minimum quantity with sublimation?

No, order as few as you like 😊

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