1 set of dye-sublimation ink consists of 4 bottles of CMYK, 100ml each, Cyan, Magneta, Yellow, Black.
What are Dye Ink, Pigment Ink & Sublimation Ink?
(i) Dye Inkjet Ink
Content: Made up of water and water-soluble dye. They consist of colorant that is fully dissolved and suspended in liquid.
Used for: Document Printing
Advantages: Comes with wider Color Range and the Cost of Ink is Low
Disadvantages: It is water soluble, single drop of water can make the color to fade. Not suitable for Shirt Printing.
(ii) Pigment Ink
Content: Made up of the carrier liquid and tiny pigment particles. They are powder of solid colorant particles suspended in a liquid carrier.
Used for: Shirt Printing
Advantages: Last Longer and Water Resistance, suitable for use to print on Neenah heat transfer papers.
Disadvantages: Lower Color Depth and slightly higher of Ink Cost
(iii) Sublimation Ink / Dye-Sublimation Ink
Nature: They are pigment suspended in a liquid solvent, like water.
Used for: Sublimation Blanks and Polyester Printing (such as mugs, dri-fit t shirts etc)
Advantages: Water Resistance, Involves transfer of inks only
Disadvantages: Only apply to limited types of fabrics
For sublimation printing, we need to use sublimation ink and a printer to print onto sublimation paper. Then, the sublimation paper is used to transfer the sublimation ink onto the substrate. This allows the ink to actually be a part of the substrate you print on.
You may be wondering how sublimation printing works. First, you print the desired image on a sublimation transfer paper using sublimation ink and printer. Then, the transfer paper and the substrate go through the heat press. Here, they are exposed to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heat press allows the sublimation ink and transfer paper to turn into a gaseous state. When they are in this state, they can seep through the substrate’s material. This is possible as the heat both releases the sublimation ink’s gas and opens the pores of the substrate.
Once you remove the transfer paper and the substrate from the heat press, sublimation printing happens. The ink that seeped through the substrate’s material solidifies. Then the substrate’s pores close permanently, thereby holding the ink in place.
The printed image won’t fade by itself, and can last for many years.