If you’ve ever owned an illustrated T-shirt where the graphic chipped or peeled away over time, you know that printing images on textiles isn’t always easy.
One of the best ways to ensure that your textiles look great is to use dye sublimation printing, which is the process of transferring a solid material (like a photo or other piece of art) onto an object by converting it to a gas state during printing.
This method infuses the photo or image directly onto a piece of paper, then uses heat to transfer the image from the piece of paper onto other objects and materials.
There are many reasons why dye sublimation printing is one of the highest quality and best-value printing methods on the market.
- Quick and easy
One of the first things our clients notice about dye sublimation is that it’s quick. If you need to have something printed on textiles and you’re under a tight deadline, dye sublimation offers one of the fastest turnaround times, without sacrificing quality.
- Easy to create all-over designs
Another advantage of dye sublimation is that it makes it easy to print designs all over a given textile, rather than just in a specific place. For instance, if you’re printing a large textile, like a tablecloth, other methods might allow you to print a small image, like your logo, on a relatively small part of the tablecloth. But dye sublimation allows you to print a pattern or design that covers the entire surface of the tablecloth, which can help it stand out.
- Feels like a part of the material
With other methods of printing, the graphic ends up printing on top of the material, creating a different texture that feels distinct from the material itself. However, when you use dye sublimation, the graphic looks great and stands out visually, but to the touch, it blends into the material and feels as if it’s part of it, rather than merely affixed to the top.
- Ability to print on canvas
In addition to textiles like polyester, spandex, and lycra, dye sublimation printing can be used to print on canvas. Dye sublimation results in a crisp and high-quality image, making it a great option for printing paintings or other works of art that you can hang in your home or office.
- Flexible and versatile
Dye-sublimation printing is quite versatile, allowing you to print on a number of fabrics and, as a result, create several assets.
As mentioned above, dye sublimation allows you to embed images on human-made textiles like polyester, spandex, lycra, or blended textiles. This allows you to create a wide range of products where the printed image blends seamlessly into the material, including banners, flags, tents, sails, car covers, window upholstery, and many more.
Dye sublimation is a particularly good method for printing materials to display at trade show booths. In addition to banners and tablecloths, it can be used to print chair covers, pop-up displays, and fabric-hanging structures, all of which can help you catch the eye of your potential prospect or customer.
- Long-lasting visuals
Because dye sublimation printing blends the image into the material seamlessly without changing the texture, it lasts much longer than products printed using other methods. For instance, roll-up banners printed using dye-sublimation can be rolled up, transferred, and stored many times without suffering the same deterioration in quality that can occur when other printing methods are used.
- Beautiful output
With dye sublimation, there’s no need to choose between style or substance because it offers both. In addition to all of the practical advantages of dye sublimation printing, this process also results in high-quality images that are crisp and eye-catching.
The combination of beautiful, high-quality images and long-lasting quality makes dye sublimation one of the most cost-effective forms of textile printing available. If you want to print something that looks great now and will still be usable many months (or even years) from now, dye sublimation printing is definitely your best bet.
Dye sublimation is one of the best forms of textile printing available. It’s versatile, long-lasting, and results in gorgeous images, all of which make it one of the most cost-effective and best-value printing methods on the market.
To learn more about using dye sublimation printing for your next project, call Club Ink at 416-694-1996 or contact us here.