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Inkjet printers use either dye sublimation ink or pigment ink. Each has its own characteristics. If you use the wrong type of ink, it may result in poor image quality or reduced print life.
Digital Sublimation Ink also known as Digital Textile Sublimation Ink. It is a special type of ink used for dye sublimation printers, which are commonly used to produce vivid, full-color, photo-quality images that resist peeling, cracking, and washing away from various types of substrates. It begins by the introduction of heat and then controlled using pressure and time. For hard items like metals, ceramic, fiber board, and similar types of materials, a special coating on the printing surface is usually required so that the material will accept the dye sublimation ink. Without this coating, the print is likely to fade away and crack easily.
In comparison to sublimation transfer ink, pigment Inks use tiny particles of colored material to provide ink color, rather than paper-staining dyes. Pigment inks are comprised of tiny, encapsulated particles that sit on top of the paper, instead of being absorbed into a paper is fibers, which is what happens with dyes. For T-shirt printing on dark based / light based cotton materials with transfer papers, it is good to use pigment inks because it is waterproof. Most pigment ink printers may use up to eight different ink colors: cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, light gray, medium gray and black. This ink is much more stable than dye-based inks and can last more than 200 years on some paper types, under ideal (museum-quality lighting and framing) conditions.
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