by Anthony Clark
This article is going to cover the basics of how does sublimation printing work. Sublimation printing is a type of inkjet printing that was first patented in 1959, and it has been used in many industries since then. It can produce photo-quality prints on textiles, including t-shirts, bags, hats, and more!
This article will discuss how sublimation printing works to decide if it will work for your business needs.
Polaroid Corporation introduced Sublimation Printing in 1959 after discovering how it could be used for transferring images onto photo films during manufacturing (instead of using silver nitrate). This method allows for high-quality prints and has been used to print disposable credit cards, clothing tags, photo identification badges, among other things. It also uses a print ribbon to transfer an image onto specially coated paper, which then heats and transfers the dye from the paper into a rubber-like polymer coating on top of it.
This process causes the dye to penetrate the coating and become one with it, which is how this type of printing gets its name.
If you’re looking to print a large number of products quickly with vibrant colors that don’t fade or smear over time like other types of inkjet printers do (like water-based), then sublimation is your best option.
The benefits of this type of printer are related to how it works: dye molecules are printed onto a substrate through heat rather than being applied as pigment particles which cause an image’s surface area to be visible. This means that when the design is complete, there will be no white spots left.
The process starts by adding ink to a print ribbon that’s wrapped around an ink-jet printer head. Then, when you press down on the paper for sublimation prints, heat from your fingers starts the sublimation process.
If you’re looking to print full-color images, it’s best to use a CMYK printer and be prepared with more expensive pigments.
All designs do not work well with Sublimation Printing, but some types of images do.
This is a great way to add interest and texture to an image while still keeping it fluid.
Gradients can be a good idea for subtlety in the design or as part of its overall look while adding depth and dimensionality on surfaces like wood, metal, or glass. Shading can work quite nicely, too, if you want something more dramatic than just solid colors.
These designs will not have any issues when printed onto sublimation, so they’re perfect for logos, text, and other essential elements – keep them simple!
Some designs do not work well with sublimating printing, like-
A photograph should not be printed onto a sublimation printer. As the print progresses, any temperature changes will cause the colors to distort. The ink will also continue to move and spread even after it has dried up, which can lead to unintended smears or patches of different hues that look like an abstract painting rather than an image you want people looking at for long periods.
Block color does not show good results in sublimating printing. So it will not be an excellent decision to print these types of designs on a sublimation printer.
Thin lines, such as those found in many tattoo designs or a fine line drawn by the pen, are not suitable for printing onto fabrics because they can be lost when the ink is applied to fabric during the process.
It is always best to keep your design elements simple!
These materials are:
-Plastic, Metal, or other hard surfaces (i.e., mugs)
-Wooden boards for wall art
The sublimating printer has a lot of advantages.
Sublimation printing has some disadvantages. They are-
There are a variety of printers that can be used as sublimation printers. The most popular printer is the Roland VersaCamm SP-300 12 full color, and it costs $1599. It has a printing width of 12 inches wide and prints at up to 300 mm per second with a maximum resolution of 360dpi x 720dpi (720×360).
The Canon Selphy CP1200 offers an affordable option for those on a budget and offers four inks: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow, which are water-resistant. This makes them suitable for outdoor use without any risk of damage from raindrops or other things like snowfall or hail.
There are many more options out there that can be purchased online through different retailers such as Amazon or other companies specializing in printers.
In conclusion, sublimation printing is a fast and efficient way to create high-quality artwork without harmful chemicals. It’s also eco-friendly!
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark always had a passion for digital drawing and printing ever since he was young. He would wander around his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portrayal of anything: objects, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State University - the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present his experience coupled with some colorful dips to help shape the future of printing.