Dye-sublimation printing is a unique coloration process that is used to print on synthetic fabrics like polyester. It is often used to create personalized clothing, table covers, banners, sportswear, flags, curtains, and more.
Dye-sublimation printing is completed using a large format inkjet printer with a special type of ink that consists of pigment and a solvent (water for instance). This ink is then used to print a reverse image of the intended design onto coated heat-resistant transfer paper. When the transfer paper is put into a heat press at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, the dye turns into a gas and permanently dyes the fabric or textile at hand with a high definition image or pattern.
Why would I use dye-sublimation printing?
These are just a few of the reasons why so many people use dye-sublimation printing:
- Images and patterns are permanent with no risk of peeling or fading like with silk screens
- Dye does not build up on the fabric allowing for smooth and crisp imagery
- Colours can be very vibrant because of the bonding process between the dye and the transparent fibers of the synthetic fabric.
- An almost “photographic” effect can be achieved with continuous tones, without the use of special techniques
- The image can be printed all over the entire item
All that being said, dye sublimation isn’t the right option for everyone. Here are a couple of disadvantages:
- The printer speed is low, making it not ideal for people who might need to do a rush printing job
- Any creases in the apparel during printing leave blank spots behind, so it’s important that you pay attention to detail.
What types of items does dye-sublimation work best on?
Interested in dye sublimation and looking for a reason to use it? Here are a few perfect use-cases for this fascinating technique.
- A wall-mounted or upright pop-up banner for tradeshows, or banners meant to be used as sails, car covers and even tents (great for your next promotional event!)
- Customized flags adorned with company logo, country’s colours, family crest, or a unique just-for-fun design
- Household items such as window blinds, curtains, table cloths, chair covers, even light shades and napkins
- Custom branded clothing like sports jerseys and event promotional t-shirts
Here’s just one example of some beautiful uniforms we created just for the one-year anniversary of the Shangri-la! This is one instance where we can confidently say the possibilities are endless!