Dye Sublimation Vs. Other Printing Methods – A Guide for Beginners

New to the digital printing world, aiming to eventually set up your own business, for the past few days you have been trying to learn as much as you can about different print technologies currently being leveraged in the industry.

You want to be well informed so that you can make the right choice in terms of technology deployment when you finally make your move.

From DTG to dye sublimation printing – you have been introduced to a vast array of printing methods, but it’s the latter that has received the most recommendations.

So what exactly makes dye sublimation printing better from other conventional printing technologies?

In this article, we will try to explain it.

Sublimation printing dyes your fabric as opposed to just leaving an imprint on it

If you have the knowledge of how dye sublimation printing works, you would appreciate the fact that it’s a printing process in which ink pigments permeate deep into the surface material and form bonds with substrate molecules. As such, the final finish that comes out is more of a dye rather than a print. You won’t be able to feel any difference between the image and the printed substrate. Other printing methods, such as heat transfer, give you a printed finish.

You get a high quality, high resolution print

Because the ink pigments are vaporized before they get exposed to a printing substrate, on application, these pigments are able to permeate and fill all the pixels, thus yielding a high quality, high resolution print. Other conventional printing technologies cannot produce such high-end finishes.

You get a print that does not fade away easily

Do you have an old DTG printed t-shirt with you? Take a close look at the image printed onto it. Is it showing signs of wear?

Well, with dye sublimation printing you don’t face such problems. You get a print that does not fade away easily, lasting for a significantly longer period.

Dye sublimation printing offers extensive substrate choices

Flexibility is probably the biggest strength of dye sublimation printing. With other printing methods, you are limited in your selection of substrate materials but with sublimation technology you can print on almost everything. Wood, plastic, metal, ceramic, fabric – you have plenty of choices.

The digital printing technology has come a long way since its inception and dye sublimation printing is a testament to it.

About Guangzhou JD Digital Technology

Gangzhou JD Digital Technology is one of the leading dye sublimation ink and paper manufacturers in China. The company has its own production line, research facility and quality management center. The company manufactures and supplies products for a global clientele, supported by a supply chain network that spreads worldwide. For more details call at (0086) 20-61906869 or email at sales@subtransferpaper.com.


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