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Dye Sublimation Printing

What is dye sublimation printing?

Dye sublimation printing is a type of printing that uses sublimation inks to print images onto special transfer paper. The inks are then transferred onto the desired substrate using a dye sublimation printer.

This type of printing is often used for creating high-quality prints, such as photos and graphics. One of the biggest advantages of dye sublimation printing is that it produces prints with vibrant colors and sharp details.

In addition, the prints are also resistant to fading and other types of damage. As a result, dye sublimation printing is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to create long-lasting, beautiful prints.

What kind of project is suitable for dye sublimation printing?

Dye sublimation is a printing technique that allows for a durable and high-quality print. It is often used for products that will be subject to a lot of wear and tear. Sports jerseys, for example, are often made with dye sublimation printing because the prints are very durable and can withstand a lot of washing and wearing.

Additionally, dye sublimation printing is an ideal choice for businesses or individuals who need high-quality prints that will last for years. The prints are also resistant to scratching and abrasion, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Sublimation printing is also great for creating customized gifts or products because it allows for full color customization. It can be used for complex designs that would be difficult to print using other methods. This printing process is often used for sportswear, flags, and banners.

Dye sublimation printing process

Dye sublimation printing is a printing process that uses heat and pressure to transfer dye onto a substrate. The dye sublimation process begins by printing an image onto a sublimation ink transfer paper. Then, the dye sublimation inks are transferred onto the substrate using a heat press.

The press applies heat and pressure to the transfer paper, causing the ink to vaporize and penetrate the substrate. The dye then cools and solidifies, creating a vivid, permanent image.

As a result, dye sublimation printing creates striking and strong prints that are resistant to fading and damage.

The difference between dye sublimation printing and other printing?

Dye sublimation printing and other printing processes (such as heat transfer) are all good choices for printing high-quality images, but they each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.

Heat transfer printing is typically cheaper and easier to use, making them a good choice for those who are looking to print shirts for short-term use. However, they tend to have lower resolution than dye sublimation printers, making them less suitable to print artworks with very fine details.

Dye sublimation printers use heat to transfer dye onto the surface of the paper, resulting in very sharp and detailed prints. They offer higher resolution printing and a more durable final product. Ultimately, the best printing process for you will depend on your budget and your printing needs.

Benefits of dye sublimation printing:

  1. Higher resolution final product

    The advantage of this type of printing is that it produces a higher resolution final product than other methods such as screen printing. In addition, the dye is actually transferred into the material, rather than simply applied to the surface, so it will not fade over time or crack when exposed to heat or humidity.

    As a result, dye sublimation printing is an ideal option for creating long-lasting prints on products that will be exposed to the elements.

  2. No “ink” feeling on the surface

    Dye sublimation printing is a popular printing method for several reasons. One benefit is that the ink feels no thicker than the fabric itself.

    Unlike screen printing, which relies on a stencil to apply ink to the fabric, dye sublimation uses heat to transfer dye directly into the fabric. This results in a design that is less likely to fade or crack over time. In addition, because the dye is diffused throughout the fabric, it produces a softer feel that many people prefer, making it very comfortable to wear.

  3. Get a full design shirt at a competitive price

    Dye sublimation printing is a process that allows for a fully printed shirt. This means that your design can be as big or small as you want, and it can cover the entire shirt.

    This type of printing can have your design extending to the sides and back, and because there’s no limit to the size of the design, you can really get creative with your artwork.

  4. Long-lasting design

    Unlike other printing methods, such as screen printing or heat transfer printing, the image is not printed on top of the substrate. Instead, the ink actually becomes part of the substrate itself. This results in a long-lasting and durable print that will not fade over time.

    This is particularly useful for clothing that is exposed to a lot of circumstances, such as high-level activity or extreme weather. That’s why sports attires are mostly printed with dye sublimation printing.

Things to be aware of when doing dye sublimation printing

  1. Due to the high heat involved in the printing process, the colors of the logo printed using dye sublimation will be around 80-90% similar to the original artwork

  2. We use a certain technique to create a high-quality final product, therefore there will be certain materials that won’t be suitable for this type of printing. Please contact our team to see the materials you want to use.

Dye sublimation is the recommended choice of printing for printing artworks that stretches across the entire shirt.

Using high heat, the designs will be transferred into the fabric resulting in a smooth and shiny surfcae on the fabric.

We have printed numerous dye sublimation designs for esports teams in Singapore.

In order to help you better make your decisions, our team at Imprint Singapore has summarised the advantages and disadvantages of the dye sublimation method.

Advantages of Dye Sublimation 

  • Inks and prints can lasts for years
  • Unable to feel the ink on the surface of the product
  • Customise a “full shirt” design at a relatively competitive pricing

Disadvantages of Dye Sublimation 

  • Colors of logo printed using dye sublimation will be around 80-90% similar to the original artwork due to high heat involved which will tend to lighten the colors of the logo
  • Generally more expensive as compared to other printing methods

Suitable Products 

  1. Dry Fit Products only
  2. Nylon Lanyards
  3. Polyester Bags

We hope you will be able to make your decisions better after our summary of the dye sublimation printing method.

Do send in a Whatsapp/Website enquiry to our sales executive for a quick quotation and we guarantee a fuss free t-shirt printing experience!

Suitable products

  1. Dry fit products

  2. Nylon lanyards

  3. Polyester bags

We hope you are able to make a more informed decision after reading this article. Do feel free to browse our catalog for printing recommendations and to see our past projects.