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Month: February 2014

How to Screen or Digitally Print PVC or Vinyl Banners

Screen Printing or Digitally Printing PVC or Vinyl Banners; No Painting Allowed on Vinyl

I have received several questions regarding vinyl (flexible PVC) banners that I am going to answer over the next few articles. The first is, “What type of paint does one use on vinyl banners?”

The answer is that we don’t use “paint” per se on vinyl banners, although there may be some craft type stores that sell such a product. Coming from the commercial side of vinyl banners, though, there are about three main methods to print banners.

The first method,

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The Difference Between Ink and Dye in Digital or Dye Sub Printing

How Ink Works in Inkjet Printing Versus How Dye Works in Dye Sublimation Printing

In an ongoing process to educate my readers, first let me say this is a good question, though I’m going to spend a bit of time on the terminology of dye sub printing.

The first term is the term ink. Now, to the eye, ink and dye appear pretty much the same. They are both liquid, and both are printed using an inkjet printer. In our industry, the printers are usually wide format, maxing out currently around about 124 inches, or just over 10 feet.

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Is Dye Sublimate Printing the Same Process as Laser Printing?

Dye Sublimation Printing and Laser Printing – Can Both Processes be Used to Print Cloth Fabric Banners?

Question: I was told by a vendor that dye sublimate printing is the same as laser printing.  Is this true?

Answer: If by laser printing, they were referring to inkjet printing, the answer would be partially yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Inkjet printers, such as those manufactured by Mutoh, Roland, Mimaki, Canon, or Epson, among many others, are generally known to print such items as vinyl (PVC) banners, vinyl stickers, and even fabric that has been treated to accept ink.

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Differences Between Dye Sublimation Printing vs. Digital Ink Jet Printing

Dye Sublimation Printing of Fabric Banners and Displays Compared to Items Printed Using an Inkjet Digital Printer

Question: This is probably a pretty basic question, but I was wondering what a dye sublimation printer is characteristically used for?

Answer: Actually, this is a good question, and while I’ve written a lot on this topic, I enjoy continuing to do so because it keeps me sharp and learning more about dye sub printing and new developments in this arena of printing, which has some similarities to inkjet printing, and some significant differences.

An inkjet printer in our business is typically at least 30 inches wide,

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Dye Sublimation Printing on Fabric: Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages & Disadvantages of Dye Sublimation Printing on Fabric Banners & Garment Versus Printing with an Inkjet Printer

Some clients have asked what the advantages or disadvantages are to a dye sublimation printer or printing, so I am addressing this topic today.

Dye sublimation printing is, by definition, the sublimating of dye in fabric. The way it works is like this. First, a transfer paper is printed on a digital printer that is set up with CMYO dye cartridges rather than your typical CMYK inks. CMYK, or four color process printing (4CP is the shorthand version of CMYK which stands for cyan-magenta-yellow-black) is used in surface printing of materials,

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How Dye Sublimation of Garments, Banners, and Signs Works

Dye Sublimation Printing of Polyester Fabric: Heat Transfer Printing for Fabric Banners, Signs, and Other Items

Question: Can you please describe how dye sublimation printing works? What kind of printer is used? Is it the same as heat transfer printing?

Answer: Wow! All very good and related questions to the dye sub and heat transfer printing of fabric, one of my favorite ways to print fabric and other items, although this answer will deal mostly with polyester fabric.

First, there are two types of sublimation printers. One uses ribbon so transfer color to a transfer paper,

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What is a “Quick Screen” Adjustable Banner Stand?

Where Can I Find a Quick Screen (Retractable/Pull-up/Roll-up/Adjustable) Banner Stand?

I get a lot of people asking where to purchase a “quick screen” banner stand. For educational purposes, I will say that the more common terms for this banner stand are 1) adjustable banner stands, 2) retractable banner stands, 3) roll-up banner stands, and 4) pull-up banner stands. These banner stands may also go by other names, which are typically brand names applied to the same stands everyone else sells in an attempt to differentiate their brand from other seller’s offerings, which is just good marketing.

However,

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