Have you ever wondered how some of your favorite designs ended up on your clothes or coffee mug? Well, chances are good they were created through sublimation printing. In today’s blog post, we take a closer look at this convenient printing method, including how it works, and why it might be a good option for your next design.
What Is Sublimation Printing?
Sublimation printing is a process of printing designs or images onto a material, such as fabric or ceramic, using heat and pressure.
The ink used in this process is specially formulated to become a gas when heated, which then bonds with the material to create a vibrant, permanent image.
This process is different from traditional methods, which usually involve simply laying ink onto the surface of the material.
The Benefits of Sublimation Printing
One of the benefits of sublimation printing is that it can produce high-quality, full-color designs that won’t fade or crack like with other printing methods.
The sublimation process is especially popular for printing on fabrics, such as sportswear, custom t-shirts, or even banners, because the design becomes a permanent part of the material.
Sublimation is also a preferred method for printing on ceramic mugs and plates, as the result is resilient and won’t scratch or wear off with regular use.
How Does Sublimation Printing Work?
The sublimation process requires special equipment known as sublimation printers.
The printer uses special sublimation ink, which includes a mix of dye and carrier fluid. When the ink is heated, the dye turns into a gas and fuses with the substrate, creating a permanent bond. The heat press applies pressure and heat to the material, activating the ink to create the final design.
One important thing to note about sublimation printing is that it only works on materials with a polymer coating or a high polyester content. This is because the ink needs a surface to bond with, and other types of fibers won’t work.
However, there’s a wide variety of polyester blends and other materials that are compatible with sublimation printing, making it a versatile option for a range of design projects.
Why Use Sublimation Printing for Your Next Project
- High-Quality Images: Sublimation printing allows for detailed and high-resolution images. The sharp, clear, and vibrant prints are ideal for advertising materials where capturing attention is crucial.
- Durable: The sublimation process results in a print that is resistant to scratching or peeling. The images won’t fade over time, ensuring your graphics will look great for longer.
- Versatility: Sublimation printing can be used on a wide range of materials and items, from t-shirts and banners to mugs and keychains.
- Cost-Effective for Small Runs: Unlike other printing methods that require minimum order quantities, sublimation printing can be cost-effective for small batches of prints, making it an ideal choice for small businesses or limited edition items.
Wrapping It Up
Sublimation printing is a versatile and effective printing technique that can produce vibrant, long-lasting designs.
If you’re interested in sublimation printing for your next design project, be sure to do your research and choose a reputable printing company to ensure the best results.
At CR&A Custom, we have a proven track record of success bringing even the most adventurous visions to life. Get in touch now!
For an example of the spectacular results you can obtain with sublimation, check out this social media post with a video of one of our more recent projects.
About CR&A Custom
At CR&A Custom we are a large format printing company known for our innovative visual solutions and our commitment to quality. We are also proud recipients of the WBENC, WOSB, and NMSDC Certifications.