Loading Print Media

Print Media is the paper and ink that you will need to print from your Dye Sublimation Photo Printer. As authorised resellers for Citizen, Mitsubishi and HiTi, you’ll be able to purchase your genuine print media from System Insight.

We offer a price pledge service so in the unlikely event you find it cheaper elsewhere, simply give us a call and we’ll match the price.

Mitsubishi Print Media
Mitsubishi Print Media

How to load Photo Print Media

Want to know more about the dye sublimation photo printing process then check out our about dye sublimation section

Loading media is quick, easy and clean. There are two components: paper roll or sheets of paper and a ribbon. There are usually supplied in the same box for nearly all printers.

It’s simply a case of opening the printer and removing the old paper roll and ribbon. Check your printer manual for details of how to open the printer to change the media.

Paper Spools and Ribbon Trays
Paper Spools and Dye Sub Ribbon Trays

With some printers the media is loaded from the front and others it is loaded from the top. This might make a difference when using the printer depending upon where it is used. For top-loading machines that are under a desk or in a flight case you might need to move the printer to load the media. On front loading machines loading the media in these locations is much easier.

Loading CP-D70 Media
Loading HiTi P525 Media
Loading W5000 Media

Print Ribbon and Paper supplied together.

Ribbon and Paper are always changed at the same time for media types where both the ribbon and paper are shipped in the same box.

The ribbon will be completely used and one spindle will be empty and the take up spool will be full. The paper roll however will NOT be completely exhausted but should be replaced at the same time for media types where both are supplied in the same box.

Some ribbons come with the ribbon tray attached but some photo media just contains the ribbon and the ribbon tray is re-used.

CK9069 Media
CK9069 Media

Ribbon and Paper supplied separately.

If the paper and ribbon are supplied as different products then the paper doesn’t have to changed at the same time as it maybe be used at a different rate to the ribbon.

The Mitsubishi W5000 is a good example of this as it can print many sizes on the media so the ribbon and paper are used at different rates. For this reason paper and ribbon media are sold separately.

PK5812 - Mitsubishi W5000 Ribbon Media
PK5812 – Mitsubishi W5000 Ribbon Media

Ribbon Trays

Most Dye Sub Photo Printer use a re-usable tray each time the ribbon is changed and shouldn’t be thrown away. Spare ribbon trays are usually available to purchase should you wish to keep a spare or switch between media sizes regularly.

When changing your print media always ensure you empty the waste print clippings tray on your printer.

Some ribbons come supplied in a tray or cassette and this is simply inserted into the printer.


Dye Sub Photo Printer Ribbon Tray
Mitsubishi D70 Ribbon Tray
A dye sub printer ribbon with an Integral Tray
Ribbon with integrated tray

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Paper Spindles and Spacers

Most paper rolls will need to be attached to paper spools before being loaded into the printer. These paper spools fit on each end of the paper roll. Paper spools are supplied with your printer but are also available as spare parts. They are specific to your printer and not usually interchangable with other printers although some models may share the same spindles.

Paper spools may also be supplied with spacers. These spacers are used when changing the media from a six inch roll to a 5 inch roll. Some older HiTi printers have a paper box which the paper is installed into. Sheet fed printers use a paper tray as the paper is supplied flat and not on a roll although these printers tend to be smaller for home use and lower volumes.

Mitsubishi D70 Media Spindles
Mitsubishi D70 Media Spindles.

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