An Intro to UV and Dye Sublimation Printing

By: Copley Visual < 1 minute read
Posted: November 14, 2023
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A tale of two printing methods, dye-sublimation printing and UV printing. The type of printing chosen affects the appearance, durability, and application of the printed materials so having trusted partners that know the differences can make a world of difference.
Dye-sublimation printing involves dyeing the ink directly into the fabric. While UV production can offer a finer/crisper print and a larger gamut of materials to print on, dye-sublimation printing allows for easier shipment and storage because the produced materials can be folded down to smaller sizes as well as offering higher durability, with products capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. It’s recommended for outdoor use in challenging climates.
UV printing employs UV/thermal ink on the surface of materials, producing crisp and true-to-color prints. This method is suitable for non-fabric materials and is ideal for indoor or moderate weather conditions. However, materials printed using UV printing need proper storage to maintain the print quality.
Choosing between these methods depends on factors such as the intended environment for the printed material, storage conditions, and the importance of intricate details. Dye sublimation is suggested for outdoor use in tough weather, while UV printing is versatile and best for non-fabric materials and indoor use. Proper care and storage are essential for maximizing the lifespan and quality of custom marketing materials.
How do you choose what’s right for you use? We can help. Give us a call or message and an advisor can help you determine the best fit for you.