What is a dye-sublimation printer?
Dye-sublimation printers are higher end printers and are highly recommended if you're using your photo booth professionally! The fast printing speed and lower cost per print make them a worthwhile investment.
A good dye-sublimation printer can print a 4x6 in less than 15 seconds! The other printers we recommend can take 60 or 90 seconds for the same size print.
Some dye-sub printers can also cut your photo strips for you!
Because dye-sublimation printers are not AirPrint compatible, you'll need to introduce an extra program to give the printer AirPrint capabilities.
How to make the connection
One of the few options available to make the connection is wireless print server software for computers. When the printer is plugged into a laptop running the print server software, your printer will become AirPrint compatible.
We recommend a couple of programs you can use. Both of these programs include a free trial that we'd encourage you to test with your printer before making any purchases:
- For Mac: Printopia
- For PC: O'Print. Please note that O'Print is less reliable. If you need to use a PC for your print server, please use O'Print's trial before your event to ensure the software will work well with your printer.
Note: Simple Booth is not integrated with DNP's WPS devices and we cannot guarantee other print servers that are not listed here will work reliably.
We have instructions about the general process you'll go through to connect to either program in our help center. If you have trouble connecting, be sure to reference the print-server's support documentation, which will be more specific.
Please get in touch with our team if you're still unable to make the connection!
What other printer options do I have?
Simple Booth apps support printing to AirPrint compatible printers, and if you're looking for something simple to set up, please check out our other printer recommendations!
The "consumer" printers we recommend there are more inexpensive but have a higher cost-per-print and print at a slower rate.