Dye - Sublimation
This printing process is the most common of the graphic applications you will encounter, was developed in the late 1950’s and became very a very popular fabric print application in the 60’s and 70’s.
Dye-sublimation allows you to print on a variety of fabric materials with outstanding photographic results. As the interest in fabric printing has increased dramatically over the years, do in part to the aesthetics you can achieve and the light weight factor of these materials, more and more portable displays and banner stand systems are utilizing this print technology.
In dye-sublimation printing, colors are not laid down as individual dots, as is done in inkjet printers and conventional printing presses. Individual dots can be distinguished at a relatively close distance, making images look less realistic. Hold a magnifying glass over newspaper print, that is a good example. However, with dye-sublimation printing, there is no dot pattern, often referred to as continuous tone… very similar to a photograph and the most desirable way to view an image.
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. It is then passed over another roll, where the transfer of the image takes place onto the fabric substrate.
For the sake of not loosing you here with any more of the above technical babble… simply think of it as a ‘heat transfer’ process, much like the iron on t -shirts/patches etc. and let’s leave it at that.
· Dye Sublimation has the highest print quality for printing on fabric/textiles.
· Dye sublimated imaging on textiles are very durable and can be laundered without any concern of them losing their appeal
· Full Color Process – no difference is cost between 1,2,3,4 color designs
· Can print very large sizes- In addition to displays, this process is used for overhead/flying signage in booth spaces
· The proof for your client is an actual output of your file on their fabric of choice
· Photographic quality/image capability. Very realistic!
· Very cost effective per sq foot
· Much more elegant look and feel than vinyl or paper graphics
· Portability – can easily be rolled/folded and shipped with the exhibit
· Storage – for the most part the fabric will not wrinkle, or only slightly over time! This is really a plus as some of the pop ups have the graphics attached for easy set up. Keep in mind, stored for any length of time will subject the graphics to some creases, however when opened up and hung they will smooth out. If need be, you can also steam them to get rid of wrinkles.
· Fabric substrates are very lightweight
· There are many fabric weights/densities to choose from
This is simply a large graphic panel which can be used alone or as one of several panels in a mural pattern extending across the entire display area (a 10'x10' pop-up display that we sell will typically have three or four panels).
Hooks and magnets are used to hang the panels on the mounting frame, which makes them very easy to assemble and stow away after use. The photomural panels can be combined to create a seamless image or a variety of effects as required.
Front - Lit Graphics
These are high-res graphic prints, which may be reproduced in matte, glossy, or luster finishes which also serves to protect the print. They are often referred to as C-Prints, Photographic Prints, or in some rare cases Continuous Tone prints They are usually mounted onto a solid, opaque mount and then fixed to the display panels with Velcro. Important to note, many consider these to be the highest quality graphical images and do require special handling and packaging when not in use.
Duratrans / Back Light Graphics
Duratrans / Back Light Graphics are also sometimes referred to as Plexi-mounted, and use a high-resolution print applied to a translucent or clear sheet of acrylic. There are varying thicknesses available up to half-inch. They are capable of being back and frontlit, however they are used to great effect when they are mounted inside light boxes or in conjunction with metal extrusion displays. You will find this application suitable for some of the EXPO Display MultiQuad system, Classic Hybrids and larger modular systems where a light box can be utilized.