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Dye-Sublimation Printing

A dye-sublimation printer is a printer that uses heat to transfer ink onto the print medium as opposed to inkjet printing which sprays micro droplets of ink onto the surface of the medium. The name is derived from the process itself, during the heating and application process the dye sublimates from a solid material to a gas without transitioning through a solid state.

While the majority of dye-sublimation printers are used for industrial and commercial processes, there are a handful of small consumer-grade dye-sublimation printers on the market, such as Canon’s SELPHY line of printers, intended for small scale home photographic printing.

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