Photo Tile Types and Differences

The rapid development of modern technology with the use of digital printing did not passed by finishing materials. Today one of the most popular types of such technology had already became photoceramics, which is called photo decal or photo tiles. Photo tiles types and differences depending on their manufacturing techniques:

  • sublimated;
  • decal varnished:

Features decal photo tiles

This tile is made by a special method, referred to as the decal, and is considered to be a premium product.


  • high strength (not afraid of mechanical influences);
  • resistance to aggressive chemical environments;
  • resistance to fading;
  • a low degree of abrasion;
  • saturated color;
  • frost resistance.


  • Too high price.

Decal photo tiles is used mainly for exterior finish of bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, different types of rooms, decorating of the restaurants. Sometimes it can trim the floor. Fashion trend among designers today is the creation of photo tiles with panels above the base of the fireplace. A distinctive feature of this technology is the composition of a special dye, which is composed of both inorganic and organic components. Tiles of this type is manufactured manually, passing about six production stages. For the manufacture of, for example, a medium-sized mural it takes about 7-14 days (depending on order complexity).

Features sublimation type photo tiles

This type of photo decorating tile is slightly inferior in quality to decal tiles.



  • Resistance to chemicals;
  • great richness of colors of images;
  • low cost;
  • Features of photo tiles


  • requires special care;
  • weak resistance to mechanical stress;
  • weak frost resistance;
  • fades in the sun.

Normally, you can use the photo tiles in places where it is advisable to use the usual ceramic tile. But its quite presentable appearance and the ability to recreate any image is making this material almost universal for all surfaces. For example, it is possible to print any of the famous paintings with the help of digital printing and to arrange it at home easily. Or maybe you prefer to opt for pictures of certain places with a certain texture. If you wish, it can be your own photo. One of the most sought-after application is considered to be the pictures of architectural masterpieces printed on the tiles.

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