How does it work? Dye sublimation is a cool process where an image is printed onto Heat Transfer Paper then applied to a specially coated ceramic, metal or polyester fabric via heat transfer. Sublimation ink has this unique ability to convert from a solid to a gas using a heat press which is controlled by time and pressure. The high temperature from a heat transfer press opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter the substrate. When the temperature cools, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state leavng the impression that was first printed onto the Heat Transfer Paper.
Pros: Sinks into the deep layers of the polymer and is a very permanent full color vivid ink not likely to EVER come off.
Cons: Artwork takes time to get setup and get production ready. Substrate must be white and have a polymer coating so uses are limited.
Note: Used for Ceramic mugs, mouse pads, flags and other polyester and polymer surfaces to create a full color vivid permanent design.