About Dye Sublimation Photo Printing
Dye Sublimation is a technology that is used in all Dye Sub Photo Printers (otherwise known as Dye Sublimation Photo Printers or D2T2). This technology has been around for many years and is very popular for high quality, high speed, durable photo prints. Dye Sub Photo Printers allow you to produce high quality, photo prints at a fixed, low cost using this technology.
Dye Sublimation is a technology that is used in all Dye Sub Photo Printers (otherwise known as Dye Sublimation Photo Printers or D2T2). This technology has been around for many years and is very popular for high quality, high speed, durable photo prints.
Photographic Prints are made using this Dye Sublimation printing technique that diffuses dye onto paper. This dye comes in the form of a ribbon, which is converted into a diffused gas when heat is applied, and is absorbed by a special receiving layer on the paper.
The print head heats very accurately to varying temperatures, creating different shades of colour depending on the amount of heat that is produced.
The print head in Dye Sub Photo printers is capable of producing 256 levels of each colour (cyan, magenta, yellow), and is able to create a total of 16.77 million true colours by combining these three primary colours. Using a special over-coating layer, the dye layers are sealed into the paper and the image is protected against UV light, fingerprints, and even water.
Major Benefits of a Dye Sub Photo Printer
- Durability of Dye Sub Photos:
There is no smudging, running, or blotching because your prints are dry and ready to touch as soon as they leave the printer.
- Quality of Print:
The quality of a print from a Dye Sub is very high due to the fact it is a continuous tone device unlike an inkjet printer
- Cost Effective:
Calculating the cost of prints is very simple with a Dye Sub compared to an Inkjet printer
- Print Speed
Most Dye Sub photo printers can print a photo in under 12 seconds! Inkjet printers can only achieve speeds like this if printing in draft quality.
- Print Resolution:
Dye Sub Printers usually print at 300dpi which matches conventional printing methods. Inkjet printers have to print at a much higher resolution to obtain better quality images. Find out the truth about print resolution.
- No Mess
There are no ‘ink’ cartridges with Dye Sub Photo printers, just an ink ribbon which doesn’t cause any mess whatsoever.
- No Hassle
When media is loaded in a Dye Sub printer you can print many hundreds of prints without having to load paper each time. There is also a given number of prints with each box of media so you’ll have no ink cartridges that will run out part way through a print run and waste ink and paper. Each print on a dye sub is perfect.
- Space Saving
Given that the media is usually inside the printer you don’t have paper in a paper tray gathering dust and taking up room.
- Flexible Print Sizes
Most Dye Sub Media can print multiple sizes from one media type.
The print size is determined by the printer and media used. Printers usually use a roll of paper and a special ribbon. The maximim size a Dye Sub printer can print (depending on the model) is 12″x8″. Some Photo Printers that use a 6 inch roll can print Panoramic prints upto 6″x20″.
Dye Sublimation Photo Printers are usually a much better choice when considering a photo printer than an inkjet printer. The costs of using a Dye Sub Photo Printer are fixed per print and are much more affordable than an inkjet.
Dye Sub Photo Printers come with a wide range of features depending upon the printer model.
Our complete range of printers also includes printers with a WiFi function, Printers with Rollback Technology, printers that can print direct from a memory card and even photo printers that can print double sided! Our dye sub printers are compatible with Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX operating systems
Dye Sub Photo Printers use special printer media which consists of paper and a thermal ribbon and although these printers are primarily used for printing photos these do have a wide range of uses and print in a range of print sizes upto 12×8
The main photo printer manufacturers we supply are Mitsubishi and HiTi they are both world renown and award winning manufacturers with superb cutting edge features not found from other manufacturers.
The size of print produced by the printers depends upon the maximum size the printer can print and the media loaded into the printer at the time of printing.
These high quality photo printers are used in the following areas: