Digital Inkjet VS Sublimation Printing, Which Type Printing Suitable for You

There are many people can’t distinguish between digital inkjet printing and sublimation printing. Skyimage is doing sublimation printing, now reading and following, let’s share some differences about them.

Digital Inkjet Printing vs Sublimation Printing

Not much separates the two processes when it comes to production machinery. Inkjet printers are typically anywhere from 30 inches to 16 feet wide and can double as sublimation printing with some minor “machinery fixes” and cleared ink lines.

The largest difference between the two processes are the ink styles and printing method. Digital Inkjet printers use the CMYK (short version of cyan-magenta-yellow-black) ink set and can have the fabric fed directly through the printer to be printed on.

Sublimation Printing uses the CMYO (short for cyan-magenta-yellow-overprint clear) where the dye is printed to a treated transfer paper, and in the heat transfer process (approx. 375°F or 210°C) becomes the black color. The CMYO ink set indicates that Sublimation printing is NOT Direct-to-Fabric printing and a heat press must be used to transfer the ink from the printed transfer paper to the fabric.

What Fabric Works Best?

Digital Inkjet Printing Sublimation Printing
Banner Fabric Banner Fabric
 polyester washable and wrinkle-free high visibility fabric used in the

production of promotional and business banners

 polyester washable and wrinkle-free high visibility fabric used in the

production of promotional and business


Vinyl fabric  Print Cloth
offered in a variety of weights and colors;

most popular is 13-ounce and 18-ounce

 polyester with UV and Fire Retardant coatings

perfect for creating flags and signage

Packcloth  Polyester
packcloth nylon fabric with a urethane

coating. It is ideal for flags and banners

Polyester Fabric with a fire-resistant UV coating. It is also great

for advertising applications

Caring for Your Print

  • Caring for your print after it goes through production is important. Be sure to follow these guidelines when caring for and storing your printed fabric.
  • Wash gently by hand in cool or warm water with a mild detergent
  • Protect from harsh weather (i.e. high winds, heavy rain, etc.)
  • Let your fabric fully dry before folding, folding when wet can result in mold and mildew growth

Okay, after reading this article, now you can differ from digital inkjet printing and sublimation transfer printing. If you have any other needs or questions welcome to contact us at any time. We will provide you the best quality product and service. Hope my article can be useful to you. Thank you for your reading.

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