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What is a Dye-Sublimation Printing?

Dye-sublimation printing allows you to print photo-lab-quality pictures on your custom flag.  In dye-sublimation printing, colors are not laid down as individual dots, as is done in inkjet printers.  If you looked inside a dye-sublimation printer, you would see a long roll of transparent film that resembles sheets of red, blue, yellow, and gray colored cellophane stuck together end to end. Embedded in this film are solid dyes corresponding to the four basic colors used in printing: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The print head heats up as it passes over the film, causing the dyes to vaporize and permeate the glossy surface of the paper before they return to solid form.

The vaporized colors permeate the surface of the flag material, creating a gentle gradation at the edges of each pixel.  And because the color infuses the paper, it is also less vulnerable to fading and distortion over time.

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The Digital Printing Process:

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ART WORK APPROVAL

Our art department digitizes your design to a file that is made up of lines and curves. This is called vectored art.  If a file is not vectored art, it will print your custom flag in a pixelated format.  Vectored art allows for your art to be high-resolution for what ever size flag is printed.    

 

 

SENT TO PRODUCTION

Your vectored art is dye-sublimated on high-quality nylon material and then cut and edges are sewn to size.  

 

 

 

FINISHED

Our sewing department then finishes your flag with a header and grommet, or a pole sleeve.  Other custom finished feature are available. 

Difference Between Dye-Sublimation and Digital Printing

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Is Dye-Sublimation right for me?

Dye-Sublimation Printing is the more expensive option, but the product looks great after it is manufactured. This method of printing allows for both sides of the flag to be read correctly, and allows for very complicated designs to look fantastic on your custom flag.  Because the flag is double-sided, the flag does not fly as well as a Digital Printed Custom Flag

Art Requirements for Dye-Sublimation Jobs 

All files must be vector! This means that the files must be comprised of outlines and not pixels. All lettering within the files must be converted to outlines also so as to avoid unwanted font substitution. Acceptable file types include: .ai, .plt, .pdf, and most .eps files.