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Sublimation for Beginners

What is dye sublimation?

Dye Sublimation Transfer is a process where you take an image - that has been created digitally (either by scanning, downloaded from a digital camera or created on your computer) and then print this image with a printer using special sublimation transfer inks onto transfer paper. Once the image is on the paper you place it under a heat press on top of your polyester or poly coated item (substrate) and heat until the inks turn to a gas and transfer the image onto the item.

Sublimation requires certain equipment to get the job done properly.

Printer

Because of the type of ink that is used you are limited in the type of printer you can print with. Currently you can purchase sublimation inks for specific desktop printers by Ricoh® and Epson®. Condé also offers sublimation solutions for wide-format printers by Epson® and Mutoh®.

Ink

The ink used in the Sublimation Transfer process is a special mixture of water and heat reactive dyes. For professional results every time we recommend, sell, and support Sawgrass Technologies® Sublimation Inks.

Transfer Paper

For Sublimation there are different papers developed for different substrates. Mousepads, tote-bags, DyeTrans™ Apparel, Vapor® Apparel and fabrics are best transferred using our Jetcol® high release transfer paper. When imprinting items such as ceramics, plastics, jewelry, metal and porcelain (but not glass), we recommend our DyeTrans™ Multi Purpose Sublimation Paper. For glass cutting boards, clocks and coasters we recommend Beaver TexPrint™ or JetCol®.

Heat Press

A heat press is the machine that presses a transfer onto an imprintable substrate. Using high temperatures and specified pressures for a certain amount of time, the transfer is permanently embedded into the product. Heat presses are available with various sized platens, with clamshell or swing away heating elements, and with manual or automatic release features. Some heat presses are created just for specific uses, like the cap or mug presses. The maximum print size of your printer should match the platen size of your press.

Heat presses are recommended for professional and satisfying results simply because standard laminating devices and home hand irons can not get near the temperatures required for a reliable transfer. Sublimation transfers require anywhere from 375° to 425° F and demand serious force in pressing often from 40-80 psi. These temperatures and pressures are not possible with other heated devices.

Condé recommends George Knight® Heat Presses because they are simply the best. George Knight Heat Presses have been the backbone of literally thousands upon thousands of businesses over the past four decades, providing a reliable workhorse of a product that stands up to the demands of any imprinting business.

CorelDRAW

“CorelDRAW is one of the image-creating programs in a suite of graphic arts software used by professional artists, educators, students, businesses and the general public. The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7, which includes CorelDRAW, is sold as stand-alone software and as a cloud-based subscription. CorelDRAW is the core of the graphics suite and is primarily used for vector illustrations and page layouts.” (https://www.techwalla.com/articles/what-is-coreldraw)

Programs like this allow you to design, edit, and re-format your images. We are digital decorators after all, so proficiency in this area can greatly affect the quality of your work.

Lastly, there a few small products that make producing clean, precise products possible.

ProSpray: This is an adhesive spray that you use to adhere your printed design onto the substrate before pressing. This is typically used on cloth or soft products.

Heat tape: This is another way to safely adhere your image to the substrate before pressing. This is typically used on metal, wood, acrylic, and other hard substrates.

Butcher Paper: This is to separate your image and product from the top and bottom of the heat press. Without this, ink could bleed onto the press and ruin the next product you are pressing.

What can I sublimate?

Substrate: The base material onto which the ink is transferred; the product that the image is being pressed on

Sublimation is possible on “man-made materials such as nylon, certain plastics, and polyester fabrics contain polymers that when heated, enable the bonding of ink.” (https://www.rolanddga.com/blog/2016/06/02/22/42/3-things-you-should-know-about-dye-sublimation)

This means any product that is made with these materials or has a special sublimation coating can be sublimated! A quick look through our website can give you a good idea of all the product possiblities.

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If you are thinking of purchasing a sublimation system, contact us for any and all questions!

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Using the RGB Color Palette in Sublimation Creations


Photoshop, Illustrator, or CorelDRAW: all three use a palette of some sort. Normally, you would choose colors based off the palette. This can involve a lot of trial and error while trying to get the colors you want for the image to come out perfectly. Though most of the time - due to monitor issues or incorrect settings - this does not work out.


Today we want to discuss how to effectively use the RGB palette offered in the Condé support area, our PartnerNet: http://dyetrans.com/documents

Once you download and unzip the particular color chart for your program, even if you simply get the JPEG formatted one, you will find we have provided quite a large group of files.


Each file has a name scheme of “RGB_15s_B###”, the ### representing a particular number. Starting from B000 to B255, each in increment of 15, encompass the whole RGB spectrum, along with an extra file to show the RGB grayscale.

So to start, choose the B000 file, and open it.


Once opened you will see grids of colors, numbers along each edge, and a blue value listed at top of 000. This value corresponds with the file naming system, the file ending in B000 means the blue value of every color in this file will be 000. Red Value is along the top and bottom, and green is along each side. So starting from the top left, the RGB of that box is – 255, 255, 0 – and on the bottom right the value of that box is – 0, 0, 0.


Now if we started counting from the top left, when 5 boxes over to the right, and 3 boxes down, the box value would be – 180, 210, 0 - we can figure this out easily because 5 boxes across the value for red for anything in that row is red 180, and 3 boxes down anything going across that row has a green 210, and since every box in this chart has the same blue value of 0, we can find the code for that particular color.



With the simple part done, let’s do something a bit harder - find the file ending in B120. Starting from the top left, count to the right 6 times, and down 7 times. Now with what we learned on the last file, we can find the value for this file the same way. The 6th row to the right all have a red value of 165 going down, while the 7th row down all have a green value of 150 going across, and all boxes have the same blue value on this file of 120. Meaning this particular box has an RGB value of 165, 150, and 120. Now that we know how to find the values, let’s find out how to use them properly.



Any program you use normally have a color input or a place to choose a color palette; with a little training with the program you can easily find out how to input the particular RGB color you’re looking to use.

Now that all this is done its time to move onto the best thing to use the color charts for: consistent results. Make sure your settings are correct and print out charts, you don’t need to do all charts, doing every other one or so is normally enough. Once printed, press them onto a common substrate you work with, like polyester fabric or coated metal. Once pressed you’ll see the exact output and look of the colors, this is important, because now you know what a particular color will turn out looking like before you ever print it, no matter how the color looks on your screen.


Hopefully this has helped, if you need further assistance or aid in anything with this process, please give us a call: Conde Tech Support 1-800-826-6332, option 2.



What is dye sublimation imprinting & how do I start a photo gift business?

Why Sublimation?
With the Dye Sublimation Transfer Process, you can print high quality digital images on a huge variety of items made of any material that is treated or coated or made of polyester. The imprinting is accomplished using a printer, special transfer inks and paper and a heat press.

What is Sublimation (Dye Sublimation Transfer)?
Dye Sublimation Transfer is a process where you take an image - that has been created digitally (either by scanning, downloaded from a digital camera or created on your computer) and then print this image with a printer using special sublimation transfer inks onto transfer paper. Once the image is on the paper you place it under a heat press on top of your polyester or poly coated item (substrate) and heat until the inks turn to a gas and transfer the image onto the item.

What type of printer do I need?
Because of the type of ink that is used you are limited in the type of printer you can print with. Currently you can purchase sublimation inks for specific desktop printers by Sawgrass®, Ricoh® and Epson®. Condé also offers sublimation solutions for wide-format printers by Epson® and Mutoh®.

What kind of inks do I need?
The ink used in the Sublimation Transfer process is a special mixture of water and heat reactive dyes. For professional results every time we recommend, sell, and support Sawgrass Technologies® Sublimation Inks.

What paper can I use?
For Sublimation there are different papers developed for different substrates. Mousepads, tote-bags, DyeTrans™ Apparel, Vapor® Apparel and fabrics are best transferred using our Beaver TexPrint™ transfer paper. When imprinting items such as ceramics, plastics, jewelry, metal and porcelain (but not glass), we recommend our DyeTrans™ Multi Purpose Sublimation Paper. For glass cutting boards, clocks and coasters we recommend Beaver TexPrint™.

What type of Heat Transfer Press do I need?
A heat press is the machine that presses a transfer onto an imprintable substrate. Using high temperatures and specified pressures for a certain amount of time, the transfer is permanently embedded into the product. Heat presses are available with various sized platens, with clamshell or swing away heating elements, and with manual or automatic release features. Some heat presses are created just for specific uses, like the cap or mug presses. The maximum print size of your printer should match the platen size of your press.

Heat presses are recommended for professional and satisfying results simply because standard laminating devices and home hand irons can not get near the temperatures required for a reliable transfer. Sublimation transfers require anywhere from 375° to 425° F and demand serious force in pressing often from 40-80 psi. These temperatures and pressures are not possible with other heated devices.

Condé recommends George Knight® Heat Presses because they are simply the best. George Knight Heat Presses have been the backbone of literally thousands upon thousands of businesses over the past four decades, providing a reliable workhorse of a product that stands up to the demands of any imprinting business.

What types of products can I make?
Condé carries a wide variety of sublimatible products. Our agents can supply you with a product catalog or you can browse our line on the website, conde.com. All our exciting items can be produced with DyeTrans™ Sublimation Transfer Systems. These are available ranging from small “Starter” systems that will enable you to make tiles, jewelry and name badges up to “Pro” wide format packages that can provide items 24”-42” wide, like car mats, full bleed shirts and large photo murals.

Why Shop Condé?
Condé stocks everything you need to get into the highly profitable custom imprinting business! Our website has the latest product pricing and is updated in real-time. New products, pricing, and changes shown on our website may not reflect in our catalog immediately so always be sure to check here often. The Condé agent who handles your account will do everything in their power to bring you the latest deals, discounts and special offers.

Remember, Condé is here to help you grow your business by providing premium products, systems, supplies, and support for everything we sell. We are your partner and are devoted to helping you grow your custom personalized product business.

Visit us at http://www.conde.com

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These are so cool! Black with White Sublimation Panel Pinchbook™ Albums. Reusable, expandable, and use no harmful and messy glues. Pull back the cover and the spring-clamp opens up, insert the pages, and it snaps back together. The unique spine creates a secure binder, however the cover can be easily re-opened and pages swapped. Use for photo albums, baby books, school year books; professional hard cover books, such as real estate books, restaurant cocktail menus and more.
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We currently have a Pinchbook Decorating Contest, http://dyetrans.com/uploads/special_prods/flyers/CONTEST_RULES.pdf
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