How Dye Sublimation Inks Works in Dye Sublimation Printing

In this world of evolving technology, where new advancements are made every day, there are now more printing opportunities available than ever before! As new techniques are discovered and implemented, the array of possibilities grows for business owners or individuals printing for personal hobbies or events. The question is, however, what is the difference between inkjet printing and sublimation printing?


How an Inkjet Printer Works:
Inkjet printers create a picture composed of little dots of ink, so small that you can’t see them with magnification. This explains, however, why an image printed by an inkjet printer may look grainy if you look at it close-up. These dots can have different colors so that when you view them all together, it creates an image like the ones you see printed. Depending on the brand of printer you use, they may have different methods for getting the ink on the page, but the general idea remains the same throughout all companies. An average inkjet printer can print what is called 600 dpi, or dots per inch, which is quite a few dots in a small space, but it is doable since these dots are so incredibly small!


How Dye Sublimation Printing Works with sublimation ink:
The word “sublimation” gives a hint as to how this process works, as it means to heat something up to turn it into a vapor, and then turn it back into a solid. This is what these printers are doing as they create an image on a page. The colored pigments that are in films within the printer are heated and released onto the page, where they then solidify again as they cool down. The pigments mix to create the perfect color necessary for the specific image being printed, which creates a very vibrant, true color.


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