Why We Use Sublimation Paper Printing More And More?




During the sublimation printing process, dyed films are placed over the surface that is being printed on and heated by the printer head onto the media. This leads the pigments to be transferred to the media where cooling and solidification takes place at high temperatures.

This stage is what is called sublimation paper printing and sees the dye being taken through several stages, from solvent to vapor and then to liquid, before finally solidifying. The combination of the phases into a synchronous process gives little room for error being propagated throughout the process. As a consequence, a sublimation printer is considered highly useful in high precision printing work.


We often focus on the printing technologies and the inks that enable dye-sub, but here we look at the heat transfer paper that makes the transfer dye-sub process possible. This media is coated to carry an image printed with dye-sub inks so that it can be transferred to the final media when heated.

The use of a heat transfer press for sublimation printing of polyester and other fabrics with “sublimation” dyes is a technology that has been in use for over 30 years. The process is environmentally clean and the vibrant colors and clear images give the process many advantages.