Dye sublimation is the process of converting solid dyes into a gas without going through the liquid stage. Heat and pressure are used to infuse colorant into a polymer material (usually polyester). There are two basic methods for printing with dye sublimation inks, direct and transfer. Transfer is the most common method in the U.S. and consists of printing an image on a transfer paper and sublimating the image onto a polyester-based product, usually a textile.

Why the Printing Source?
The Printing Source has invested in the process of Dye Sublimation by taking advantage of what it does best. Not only can we print using inkjet, roll-fed printers like many other dye sublimation providers, The Printing Source can print on their sheet fed presses to provide the same high-quality results of inkjet at a fraction of the cost. In the time it would take an inkjet to print 1,000 t-shirts, for example, our forty-inch presses can print in 20,000 shirts.

Most Anything Can be Sublimated
Most anything can be sublimated, but it has to have a polyester coating. Dyes are formulated to penetrate polyester. When polyester gets heated, the molecules expand, allowing the dye to seep in. Poly-coated mugs, ceramics, wood, glass, specially prepared mouse pads, and many other similar types of products can be printed with dye sublimation technology. There are several websites dedicated to providing these coated “blanks” for companies producing these types of products.