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What is dye sublimation heat transfer technology?, Why Do I Need It.
Dye sublimation is a method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester fabric.
Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. The high temperature - from a heat transfer press - opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. The print then becomes part of the polymer.
Hard items including ceramics and metals require a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. However, you do not need any coating on 100% polyester items such as mouse mats and 100% polyester fabric. We stock a wide range of pre-coated sublimation imprintables and t-shirts!
Our high quality dye sublimation ink has excellent colour brightness and produces brilliantly crisp transfers.
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) are the colors used in the printing process, whereas RGB (Red, Green and Blue) are the colours used by screen displays such as your monitor. Please note that JPEG files are almost always in RGB. Your document should be created in CMYK mode so that the colors that you see on the screen most closely match the final printed product. If you create your document in RGB, the colors in your printed product may vary slightly. Many of the bright values produced by your monitor cannot be reproduced in print. Some times may vary.
Digital Imaging You may create printed products using digitized images from a variety of sources.Photos and images can come from a digital camera, scanner, or the Web. Any image you plan to use must be saved at approximately 300-dpi at 100% output size for the very best printing results. It's helpful to know that shrinking an image on a product will increase its resolution. For example, an image captured at 600 x 900 pixels has 150-dpi at 4" x 6". However, it can be printed at 300-dpi by reducing its dimensions on the product to 2" x 3".
Images from a Digital Camera If you wish to use images from a digital camera, before you snap pictures make sure the camera is set at a high enough resolution to result in 300 DPI at the intended photo print size. Most cameras have various settings for resolutions. The highest resolution for your camera depends on how many megapixels it has. You cannot increase the resolution of a photo after it is taken, except by reducing its printed dimensions (after you upload the image). Be careful when cropping a photo after it is taken. Cropping will reduce the number of pixels in the final image.
Images from a Scanner Like a digital camera, a scanner must be preset to the proper resolution before image capture. Many scanners default to 150-dpi. Set your scanner's resolution so that it results in 300-dpi at the image's final print size. If your resulting scanned image is smaller than the recommended size or has less dpi than you need, you should either re-scan your original at a higher resolution, or use the image for a smaller printed area.
Images from the Web Images found on the web are typically at a resolution of 72-dpi. This resolution is much too low for quality printing. In addition, most images on the web are protected by copyright laws. For these reasons, we do not recommend using images from the web unless there free no copyright.