How does the sublimation print technology work ?

Sublimation is a digital print technology that allows the reproduction of full color images on a variety of hard substrates, such as Aluminum, Steel, MDF and Hardboard.

Sublimation involves the use of special dye inks that change from a solid to a gas without ever passing through the liquid phase. Inks are infused into the Unisub and ChromaLuxe substrates, creating a print with sublime vibrant colors.


Everything starts with a digitized image. This can be a family photo, an illustration or a graphic logo. This digital file will be printed on a dedicated printer loaded with transfer paper using sublimation inks. The combination of the print and the substrate (aluminum, steel or wood) are placed together into a heat press. 

How Does It Work Printers

Using temperatures up to 400°F/200°C and medium to high pressure, the magic can start. The inks become a gas and are infused into the substrate's coating. The final result is a beautiful, top quality print with vibrant colors that will last a lifetime.

How Does It Work Press

You can use this new printing technology to produce gift items, jewelry and awards, or you can create stunning photographic prints for home use and for the very best in fine-art and exhibition printing. 

Discover also why the sublimation process is superior to other printing techniques and what you need to startup your own business.

How Does It Work Samples

Do you want to read more?

Create your free account to receive access to our technical support portal.