What Is Dye-Sublimation Printing?

Unveiling the Magic of Dye-Sublimation Printing!

What Is Dye-Sublimation Printing?

Dye-sublimation is the latest evolution in large format printing. A dye-sublimation printer is a computer printer which uses heat to transfer dye onto materials. The printer uses a very long roll of transparent film in blue, yellow, red and gray colored cellophane. There are dyes in yellow, black, cyan and magenta within the film. The printer heats up as it passes over the film, causing the dyes to vaporize and spread through the material before they cool and return to a solid form.


These printers allow us to print on textiles with vibrant colors, without changing the feel of the fabric. When fabrics are printed on with a dye-sublimation printer, the ink becomes part of the structure of the material, rather than being printed on the surface. This means that the dye is permanent and won’t fade or crack, even after multiple washes.

Why Use A Dye-Sublimation Printer?

There are two factors that set apart dye-sublimation printing from other printing techniques, continuous tone and unedited color. The Mimaki JV5-320S utilizes eco-friendly water-based ink in a highly efficient paper transfer process that permanently embeds images into a variety of fabrics and textiles up to 126” wide. Images are printed onto a special coated paper and then heat sublimated into textiles, which can later be washed and folded without a trace of lost image quality. This final product is scratch resistant, and many of the textiles are wrinkle resistant for easy packing and shipping. Printed textiles display a smooth, premium appearance in any environment, expanding the creative boundaries of other materials and processes.

What Can A Dye-Sublimation Printer Print On?

Dye-Sublimation Printers can print on almost any surface:

  • Rigid substrates – brass, aluminum, glass, acrylic, plastic and metal.
  • Rigid Products – from mouse pads, to key chains, to phone cases and more!
  • Soft-Signage – create high-impact trade show displays.
  • Fabrics – print on indoor flags, banners and table covers!
  • Sports/Fashion Apparel – everything from t-shirts to baseball hats.
  • Photo Printing – create backdrops, wall-mounts, or magnets!
  • Ceramic Tiles – customize tiles for kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

Here at Grand Image, we distinguish ourselves from other large format printing companies by utilizing our high speed and high definition Kayo T3200 and Mimaki JV5-320S printers. These grand format dye sublimation ink jet printers are capable of super-wide printing widths at the highest resolution of 720 x1440 dpi. An excellent choice for large, high quality close-view fabric signage, the printer is among the widest offered at such high resolution and speed, prints up to 126” wide on most fabrics. Our sublimation printing services are virtually endless! What can we make for you? Call us today for a free price quote! 888-836-5027

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Why Choose Grand Image?

With 20 years of experience and a full spectrum of grand and large format printing and finishing capabilities. Grand Image creates stellar indoor and outdoor graphics, including banners, billboards, fabric graphics, display graphics, vehicle wraps, self-adhesive prints, building wraps, posters, and more.

Fast Turnarounds

We offer the widest range of same-day printing products in Massachusetts.

Color Management

Masterfully accurate colors across machines and materials.

Expert Support

Our team has over 20 years experience in large format printing, campaigns & delivery.

Conveniently located

Pickup directly from our convenient location outside Boston MA.

FAQ For Wrap Services:

Commercial wall wraps are large-scale graphics that are applied to the exterior or interior walls of commercial buildings. They can be used for branding, advertising, or to enhance the overall aesthetic of the building.

The lifespan of a commercial wall wrap depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the material used, the environment in which the wrap is installed, and the level of maintenance performed on the wrap. On average, a high-quality commercial wall wrap can last for several years with proper care.

We can wrap a wide variety of walls, including concrete, brick, metal and drywall. However, some walls may not be suitable for wrapping due to their condition or the intended use of the space. Our team would be happy to assess the wall and give you a detailed explanation.

The cost of a commercial wall wrap can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the wrap, the complexity of the design, and the materials used. Contact us for a free quote and detailed explanation of the cost factors.

Yes, we offer professional installation services for all of our commercial wall wraps. Our team of experienced installers are highly trained and equipped to handle even the most complex installations.

The removal process of the wraps would depend on the surface and the duration the wrap was in place, but it can be generally removed without any damage, our team will be happy to give you detailed information on the removal process when requested.

Absolutely, we have state-of-the-art printing technology that allows us to print custom designs for any commercial wall wrap.

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