Why More and More People Choose Sublimation Printing, Instead of Traditional Printing Methods?

   If you really pay attention to the printing market, you will find that more and more people give up conventional methods and choose the digital printing. As a kind of digital printing methods, dye sublimation printing is very popular nowadays.The compared with conventional methods, dye sublimation printing has many advantages.dye sublimation printing

   1. Time is the first factor.As the old saying goes that time is money. One biggest disadvantages of traditional printing is the printing speed. But for dye sublimation printing, the whole process can take less than 20 minutes from design through to product.

   2. The working space is another factor. If you know traditional methods, you will know that it need a large space to put all kinds of materials. For sublimation printing, what you need is a sublimation printer, and the size are various, it can help you save a lot of space.

   3. The waste of sublimation printing is much less than traditional methods. For applications of sublimation printingsublimation printing, designs can effectively be “made to order” or samples can be produced conveniently and efficiently without having to waste extra materials or substrates.

   4. Sublimation printing can save a lot of energy than traditional methods.Earlier models required the user to physically change the inks to keep the print run going, while sublimation printing allow for unattended ink switching.

   5. The cost of sublimation printing is lower. With the development of the technology, the cost of sublimation printing becomes lower and lower. It is not too hard to start your business.

    For sublimation printing, no matter your output is large or small, it can meet all your requirements. What you need do is just choose the right size of the sublimation printer.

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   We believe in the near future, the sublimation printing will becomes easier and easier, and more and more people will chose it.


Hi, friends. The first snow in Nanjing will come this weekend. I’m so excited about it. For customers that have interest in dye sublimation printing, now I will analysis the advantages and disadvabtages of dye sublimation printing.

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Here’re the Advantages of Dye Sublimation Printing:

1.Produces a continuous tone print.

As far as advantages, I talked about the continuous tone printing that creates brighter and smoother color variations and transitions than you’ll find with inkjet printing, and a superior overall look, in our opinion.

2.Printed dyes won’t easily fade.

Also, because the dye impregnates or is sublimated in the fabric, it is permanent and cannot flake off like some types of ink will, particularly garment inks used for t-shirts or inks printed on rigid substrates.

So, durability and appearance are probably the best examples of the superiority of dye sublimation printing of fabric or garments.

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As you may know, I don’t think there’s a lot of disadvantages to dye sublimation printing on fabric, but I’ll give you the two that I can think of off the top of my head.

1.Slower than Inkjet Printing

First, it is slower than inkjet printing because you have two processes in the heat transfer part of dye sublimation, so labor costs are going to be higher to some degree, although there are now printers that have the fabric and paper inline and they are drawn into the heated rollers as the printer continues to print.

2.Production Issue

The second disadvantage is also a production issue that is being solved by the newer printer/roller units just explained in the previous paragraph. In the past, and still in the present, it is not uncommon for the fabric to get a crease or wrinkle in it, or the paper, and suddenly the whole transfer print and piece of fabric are ruined. You would have to start over. Many of those who have been at this for awhile and are using older equipment charge higher prices per square foot for wider material, but many also don’t who have the newer equipment.

What’s The Dye-sub Printing? What Do You Need for Sublimation Transfer Printing?

Digital printing is replacing traditional methods in different branches of the graphics industry. There are multiple reasons for this shift but the main drivers are the cost-efficiency, possibility to personalize prints and the flexibility of these machines. So, during digital printing, dye sublimation printing has been widely used, Let’s learn about this type printing.

What is dye sublimation printing?

Sublimation printing is a technique that uses heat sensitive inks. These inks turn into gas under the influence of heat and combine with a 100% polyester medium. Since the ink becomes part of the structure of the material, the images on the fabric don’t fade or crack – even after multiple washings.

During sublimation transfer printing, what do you need for it?

You need various items to create sublimated textiles including flags, displays, sportswear, fashion, interior decoration and much more.

1. Printer and ink

A high-quality printer equipped with sublimation inks is essential. Skyimage sales many brands sublimation printer, such as Mimaki, Roland, Epson, Mutoh and Oric. The printers are available with Texart ink in four (CMYK) or eight colours (CMYK, Lc, Lm, Or and Vi). These inks have many colour-giving elements and are highly concentrated, which is necessary to create beautiful, vivid and crisp images.

2. Software

You also need a RIP software to control your printer and to manage your print jobs.

3. Transfer paper (sublimation paper)

To create high-quality sublimation prints, you need a transfer paper that has high ink absorption and dries quickly. The paper needs to stay flat and may not wave after printing. It is also important that the paper releases the ink when heating. The Roland Sublimation Paper does all that and is therefore the perfect paper for your sublimation prints.

4. Calender

Printing is only the first step of the dye sublimation process. For sublimation to take place, you need heat and pressure. Heat presses come in a variation of sizes and shapes, but you need a calender for roll-to-roll sublimation. Skyimage heat transfer machine offers a professional calender system that is fast, affordable and easy to use, making it a perfect finishing partner for the sublimation printers.

You need a minimum temperature of 180°C for sublimation to take place. Depending on the textile, we advise a temperature of 185 to 200°C and an exposure time of about 55 seconds to simultaneously heat the ink on the transfer paper and the polymer fibres within the substrate, enabling the transfer of ink to media. Please note that you will need to adjust the temperature and/or exposure time when the results are not satisfying.

5. Textile

When choosing a textile for sublimation printing, it is important that you take a 100% polyester fabric that is pre-shrunk. This avoids shrinking when heat is applied. Skyimage offers a textile that is perfect for sublimation printing.

6. Protection paper

If you use a calender, you also need a protection paper that ensures optimal transfer of the ink onto the textile during the sublimation process and that protects the belt of your calender against ink. The Skyimage Protection Paper is your perfect choice.

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What is Ghosing in Sublimation Printing?

   Ghosting is a common phenomenon in sublimation printing, but it is not impossible to avoid. Want to solve a problem, we must know it well first.

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   When you printing, you may find the shadow on the printouts, this is called “ghosting”.Then what cause it? A little shift in the transfer paper despite the panel being very hot from the heat press results into a duplicate termed as ghost image left behind the original image. The ghosting is ugly especially when you print on the white background. Then how to avoid it?

   The easiest way is to make sure that the sublimation paper and substrates are connected tightly during the whole process. Besides, when you remove the panel from the heat press machine, don’t take the transfer paper and substrates away until the panel to cool down. Giving sufficient time to the panel to cool down will avoid the duplicate image to be created.

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   Some people will use another way to avoid the ghosting, but this method needs more skills. When you remove the panel from the heat press, take the sublimation transfer paper away immediately. What you should remember is that the sublimation paper should be taken away vertically, and you can’t let the paper touch the substrates,or you will go down the drain.

   As a beginner, we suggest you choose the first method, because it is more safe.


Why Dye Sublimation Printing Grows So Fast in Textile Printing?

   In recent years, dye sublimation printing has got a big development in textile printing.So what make dye sublimation printing grows so fast? In other word, what advantages does dye sublimation printing has?

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   1. Dye-sub lasts longer than other printing methods
   In dye sublimation printing, the sublimation ink will be dyed into the garment and becomes one with the material, it means that the printings are extremely durable. Besides,they’re easy to take care of and can be washed or steamed easily.

   2. Dye sublimation printing usually has a great visual effects
   If you have printed something with sublimation printing, you will find the the color is vivid. The dye sublimation process imparts a continuous flow of color rather than individual dots or pixels that typify inkjet printers. Especially when you use good equipment, this advantage is more obvious.

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   3. The versatility of dye sublimation printing
   No matter you want the prints work for indoor or outdoor, dye sublimation printing can meet all your requirements.They are also easily shaped – the flexibility and fluidity of fabric allows it to conform to most any desired shape or contoured appearance.

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   4. The printing size exists a large elastic space
   When you want to invest a sublimation printer, you may find the size of the  printers range from 210mm to 3200mm (or even bigger). This means you can print on large format textiles easily with dye sublimation printing.

   5. The materials are various
   Materials can range anywhere from woven, vinyls, polyesters, cottons or finer fabrics. The finished product will be inherently strong, resilient and dimensionally stable.

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   6. More effective
   Why dye sublimation printing grow so fast in textile printing instead of other traditional rigid materials. One reason is that fabric is fabric is lighter than traditional rigid materials, and can help you save the coat of transport.The other reason is that fabric is more easy to store than traditional rigid materials,so it can help you save the cost of storage.

   In the next future, we believe that dye sublimation will keep developing in textile printing. If you also think this is a opportunity, just join us.