If you are new to the world of large format printing, the alternatives can be confusing sometimes. For example, are sublimation fabric prints a good alternative to vinyl banner backdrops? In today’s blog, we provide an answer.
Keep reading to learn some interesting facts about banner backdrops and sublimation fabric prints.
What Is Sublimation?
When used in the world of printing and advertising, sublimation (also known as dye sublimation) refers to a printing process where an image is first printed onto a sheet of special paper and then transferred to a fabric or a rigid object by applying heat.
Sublimation is a very popular printing method for a variety of reasons:
- Produces long-lasting prints
- Sublimation fabric prints are reusable
- Wrinkles are easy to remove (you can put a sublimation fabric print in the dryer to reduce the wrinkles)
- Offers a wide range of colors
- Once printed, the colors become part of the fabric and won’t peel off even after washing
- Sublimation can be used to produce anything from one to thousands of prints
- Fast turnaround times
Plus, using sublimation fabrics for your large format graphics gives you other advantages, such as the possibility of creating unique tridimensional shapes by mounting the printed fabric on custom-made frames.
Are Sublimation Fabric Prints a Good Alternative to Vinyl Banner Backdrops?
Simply put, the answer is yes: sublimation fabric prints are a great alternative to vinyl banner backdrops. The secret is to choose the printing method that makes sense for your project.
A banner backdrop, also known as a step and repeat banner, is a large format graphic where a logo or logos are repeated serially so that people can pose in front of them for photos at galas or other similar red carpet events.
The material and type of printing you choose for your banner backdrop will depend on factors such as the appearance you want to achieve and the place where you plan to display your banner backdrop.
Here’s a breakdown of the things you need to keep in mind:
- Vinyl banners are water-resistant whereas, as with any other fabric, sublimation fabric prints are susceptible to liquids
- Sublimation fabric prints have a more matte finish than vinyl banners, which are glossy and reflect light (this is an important factor since photos are involved)
- When stretched, sublimation fabric prints create a smoother surface than vinyl banners
The great news is that regardless of the material or printing method that fits your project, at CR&A Custom, we have the technology and the drive to bring your visual ideas to life. Contact us today for a free quote!
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