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dye-sublimation explained

dye-sublimation explained

dye-sublimation explained

OneFrame executions use a modern print technology called dye-sublimation on their fabrics to produce vivid, vibrant, hi-resolution imagery.

The dye-sublimation process uses heat and pressure to convert solid particles into a gaseous state without first forming a liquid. These gas particles are embedded within the fabric when they return to a solid. The high temperature used in the process opens the pores of the fabric through which the dye moves in and the particles bond together. Once cooled, the pores of the fabric close, the particles settle and they don’t move or wash away.

The advantages of dye-sublimation printing cannot be overstated and if you’re new to this technology then here’s what you should know:

  • Dye-sublimation printing allows you to create vivid, long-life and colour-fast displays and signage relatively quickly and cost-effectively
  • You get high definition results while maintaining fabric integrity
  • You can achieve continuous tone and near-photographic images that become part of the material itself, resulting in a flawless and smooth surface
  • Your fabric graphic skins are safe because they are permanently embedded through the dye-sublimation process regardless of the fabric you choose
  • Fabric textiles can include poly-poplin, satin, outdoor flag cloth, poly-knit, taffeta, sheer, chiffon, poly-silk, dacron, gaming suede, poly-dick, spun-poly, mesh and more recently, carpet
  • There is no creasing or cracking of the graphics when folding your fabric. They are washable without risk and won’t curl at the edges
  • The prints are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications as they are free from any glare due to their smooth and non-glossy finish
  • The dye-sublimation textile printing method can be applied to exhibition graphics and portable displays
  • Dye-sublimation is a eco-friendly printing method. It uses water-based dyes, which means that no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or vapours released into the air like there are with solvent-based inks. As no water is used in the process no wastewater is produced and no need for the energy-soaking heaters that traditional printing methods use to dry materials.