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What is your project?


Dye-sub is a unique form of printing that uses a complex method to produce fantastic results. The ‘sub’ in dye-sub is short for ‘sublimation’ – the scientific term for transitioning a solid directly into a gas. In a dye-sub press like Leatherback’s VUTEk TX3250r, the first step is applying surface ink. The substrate and ink are then run through our Klieverik transfer machine, where a combination of extreme temperature and pressure causes the ink to undergo sublimation. This transition to a gaseous state allows the ink to permanently bond inside the polymers of the substrate, before quickly resolidifying. The process literally dyes the substrate, creating a more vibrant, longer-lasting look that is washable and weather-resistant. With a vast array of compatible substrates to choose from, the functional applications of dye-sub are virtually endless. Check out our gallery for some examples of the edgy marketing concepts you could employ.

What are the main advantages of dye-sub printing?

  • Durable, washable, long-lasting color (due to ink bonding)
  • Extremely flexible with a wide range of production possibilities
  • Can be attached to a frame for a great 3-D display

Production Range

  • Cloths
  • Nylons
  • Flag material
  • Fencing material
  • Market Stalls
  • Step-and-Repeats
  • Tablecloths
  • Column Covers

Machine Specs


Direct to textile or transfer paper processes
8-color printing
Resolution up to 1080 dpi
Roll-to-roll up to 10’ wide and 3 mm thick

Dye-Sub Examples

Wide Format