How Dr. Ellen's Ceramic Photo Tiles
are Made

Dr. Ellen's high resolution digital images are printed, via computer, directly onto special transfer paper using an Artainium UV ink that has a polymer in it. The transfer and the tile then go into a heat press under high pressure for approximately 12 minutes.

At 400 degrees the ink turns to a gas without going to liquid first, and it becomes embedded in the polymer in the coating of the tile.

In this type of dye sublimation process, the high pressure opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the ceramic tile is removed from the heat press the temperature drops, the pores close, and the gas reverts to a solid state. It has now become a part of the polymer.

Done correctly, it cannot be washed out or come off unless the coating is damaged.

Dr. Ellen orders satin tiles for this process, as they are scratch resistent and produce vivid photo and art reproductions.

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