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Photo Dye-Sublimation Production Process


How do you make my dye-sublimation products?

We’ll take you on a virtual tour of our dye-sublimation process...

Dye-Sublimation Blank

1. Dye-Sublimation Blanks

The first step of the dye-sublimation process is the selection of quality blanks. A blank references the mug or other dye-sublimation product that doesn’t have an image applied to it yet. Meaning... It’s blank! All dye-sublimation blanks must be treated to receive dye. Our drinkware are coated with a high-quality polymer making them dye receptive.

Why a white blank? Dye-sublimation printing doesn’t use white ink to print. The dyes are transparent and rely on the surface of the printed mug or substrate for brightness.

Photoflurry.com uses only the highest quality drinkware blanks available for your products.

Dye-Sublimation Artwork

2. Dye-Sublimation Printing

After you’ve created your masterpiece using the easy-to-use online system... Your artwork is inkjet printed using special dye-sublimation inks and transfer paper. The transfer paper is only a temporary stop for the printed image.

Photoflurry.com uses only the highest quality dye-sublimation inks and transfer paper to manufacture your products.

Dye-Sublimation Printing

3. Dye-Sublimation Preparation

Once printed, the transfer paper is wrapped around and affixed to the mug or other dye-sublimation product. The image on the transfer paper is actually mirrored or backwards because it’s being transferred directly to the surface of the blank.

Dye-Sublimation Heat Press

4. Dye-Sublimation Heat Press

The blank mug and imaged transfer paper are placed in a heat press. As you can gather from the name, heat and pressure are applied to transfer the image from the transfer paper to the surface of the blank. The process infuses the printed dye into the polymer coating of the blank. The image actually becomes part of the mug creating a very durable and long-lasting image.

There are different types of heat presses for a range of products. The accompanying photo shows a mug press. The press needs to conform to the surface of the blank for proper sublimation.

Dye-Sublimation Product

5. Finished Dye-Sublimation Product

Dye-sublimation products are extremely durable and scratch resistant due to the image-infusing process. Our mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. The vibrant and rich printing is “locked-in” for years of use and enjoyment.