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What type of dye-sublimation paper should I use?

There are two main types of dye-sublimation paper to consider: tacky and non-tacky.

Tacky sublimation paper has subtle adhesiveness that’s activated when exposed to a heat source, which prevents the paper from shifting while pressing. You use this paper primarily for textiles, and it helps to eliminate ghosting and other misprints.

The non-tacky option has no adhesiveness and is ideal for hard substrates such as mugs, panels, and license plates.

There are other factors to consider, such as a dye-sublimation paper’s grammage, release rate, tackiness, and coating. Before making a purchase, talk with your dealer or sales representative to help you decide which type of paper will work best for your production needs.

   —Coastal Business Supplies

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Allee Bruce is the managing editor for GRAPHICS PRO magazine, aiding with the publication's digital and print efforts.

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