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Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Posted on 04, May, 2020

Last Modified on 04, May, 2020

Dye sublimation is an innovative printing process that is regularly utilized to produce many custom trade show displays and banner stands, resulting in unparalleled vibrancy and crisp graphics on polyester material. Dye sublimation printing is a two-step process that begins with a custom art file produced as a mirror image on a transfer paper, which is accomplished by a large format digital printer.The digitally printed transfer paper is then entered into a large heat press with a plain polyester fabric. The heat press can warm up to an impressive 370? F and the dye transitions from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid stage. Conventional drying time that is included in other digital prints is not required since there are no liquid inks to smudge or blotch.

The custom graphic utilizes a four color printing process featuring CMYK colors which are created using a mix of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. The print also tends to be produced with more vivid and brilliant color outputs than other printing processes. CMYK colors differ from Pantone Spot Colors (PMS), which are solid inks that have certain assigned numbers that enable the color output to appear the same no matter who prints them.The dye sublimation printing process is a state-of-the-art printing technique that has the following benefits:

  • Quick drying time
  • Prints on polyester fabric
  • Vibrant color profiles
  • Heat press allows image to become a part of the fibers of the substrate
  • Does not fade or wash out
  • Great for indoor or outdoor displays
  • Fabric is machine washable
  • Versatile; can be used for feather flags, pop up displays, table covers etc.

At TRT Banners' printing, production, and warehouse facility located in Maple Heights, OH, we house several Mimaki printers which can produce a fabric banner up to 10' in width. The print is a full-color digital process which can feature a company's logo and business information or special event details. This innovative printing process is used on indoor and outdoor advertising displays to showcase customers' professional or personal message with eye-catching photo-quality clarity and brilliant colors. All Feather Flags, Teardrop Banners, modular displays and custom flags utilize dye sublimated polyester fabric, as well as Quick Fabric Displays and Table Throws. Our retractable banner stands, a customer favorite, can also include a custom dye sublimated fabric banner for an additional cost.

For a versatile and long-lasting print that saturates the material, instead of simply placing the graphic on top of the substrate like traditional screen printing, try a dye sublimated flag or table throw today! The resilient dye sublimated prints can be featured indoors or outdoors to market your university, retail store or restaurant without compromising the integrity of your custom graphics. Contact TRT Banners today!

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