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Pixels To Print: Dye Sublimation

Dye Sublimation

Dye Sublimation. You may have heard this term before when ordering booth graphics for an upcoming tradeshow, but do you know what it is or how the process works?

Let’s start with the basic definition -- sublimation is the change of solid particles into a gaseous state.

How it works:

Your logo or design is printed on transfer paper material using sublimation ink. Then, the transfer paper and fabric (or item) goes into a heat press (350-400 degrees Fahrenheit), this is where the magic happens. Due to pressure and heat, the ink changes from a solid into gas. Once in a gaseous state, it will permeate the fibers and pores of the material. After the pressure and heat are removed, it changes back into a solid for a permanent finish. Then the fabric gets trimmed and sewn for it’s intended purpose.

What is it used for:

Tradeshow fabric graphics, polyester apparel, mugs, phone cases, awards, and more! Essentially products that are deemed compatible with sublimation, however, it’s mainly used with fabric printing.

Pro: Compared to direct to garment printing, dye sublimation offers crisper detail and brighter colors. Ultimately, this process provides a full color print option where it wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Need an all-over printed t-shirt? Dye sublimation makes that possible.

Con: The process takes longer due to the extra steps after printing but is worth it in the long run to have a better looking print.

Need graphics printed for your upcoming tradeshow? Utilize the printing expertise of NorthPoint!

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