Sublimation

Printing & Pressing A Sublimated Award Plaque

Printing & Pressing A Sublimated Award Plaque

With dye-sublimation, you can turn any image into a vibrant and permanent memento or piece of art! Take a look into the printing and pressing process of one of the most popular items, an award plaque for sports teams.

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUY A GOOD/CHEAP (INSERT PRODUCT HERE)?

Is it possible to buy a GOOD/CHEAP (Insert Product Here)?

If you spend any time on the industry message boards or Facebook groups, the overwhelming theme for most people’s questions about equipment or supplies revolves around “I got the cheapest press I could find”, or “what do you think about this cheap ink?”. Unfortunately engaging in a conversation about the “cheap” item will end up poorly, and there will be someone who has made it “work”. I tend to move along and just worry that we will have another person in our industry who is going to struggle to create a successful business long term.

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Print on Demand to Make More Profit

Print on Demand to Make More Profit

Over the years, one of the markets that have been most intriguing was the print on demand market. This market is exciting because it overcomes a natural barrier of purchase by changing the perceived value of a product and can take the cost factor nearly out of the equation. This market can be highly profitable, so here are some tips, tricks, and examples for you.

What is the printing on demand market? The print on demand market is when you travel to an event or specific location to be with potential customers and decorate apparel or other items on the spot. This can be as straightforward as having pre-done transfers so you can heat press the customers chosen transfer onto their chosen shirt size and color. It can also be as intricate as having online design tools and templates with the ability to do onsite photography to then digitally create items like photo panels, cell phone cases and again even apparel. Typically, this market is serviced by a heat press and transfers and/or digital decoration, noting occasionally, screen print garments are done.

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All-Over Dye Sublimation - Why, How and What

All-Over Dye Sublimation – Why, How and What

As a relative newbie in the garment decorating industry (only 16 years so far) I find that sometimes discussing decoration with the veterans (old guys as my friend Terry Combs, who is an old guy, likes to say) can be an interesting conversation. Many are hardcore screen printing or some will even dip their toe … Read more

Ghosting Busting

Ghosting Busting

Ghosting, a term that will send shivers down the back of most sublimators because it typically means that you just ruined a blank that could have cost you $5, $10, $20 or more. With the recent release of the new Ghostbusters movie and my son dressing up as a Ghostbusters for Halloween, I thought now … Read more

Sublimating Apparel – Why, What and How

Sublimating Apparel – Why, What and How

Why – If you have read anything else I have written on the topic of sublimation, you will know that I am a true sublimation evangelist. I find the process fascinating and the possibilities endless. On top of the possibilities, the real area for success is the value proposition for the decorator. For all you … Read more

Wide-Format Sublimation Offers Big Advantages

Wide-Format Sublimation Offers Big Advantages

Wide-Format Sublimation Offers Big Advantages For Decorated Apparel Shops

As sublimation printing has become a mainstream process in the apparel decorating industry, there a number of reasons to consider investing in a wide-format sublimation printer.

As technology in equipment, inks, papers and performance wear continue to improve, sublimation printing has continued to increase in popularity.

It is a great solution for short custom runs, photorealistic images, and the explosion of polyester-based fabrics and sublimatable products is making sublimation the preferred option for more and more applications.

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Decoding 3D Sublimation

Decoding 3D Sublimation

What is 3D Sublimation? If you’ve never heard of 3D Sublimation before, don’t be alarmed. It is a relatively unused process that is currently being adopted by specialized markets. It sounds a lot harder than it is since the sublimation process is the same as using a standard flat or mug press. Remember, a combination … Read more

Using Spray Tack Adhesive with Sublimation

Using Spray Tack Adhesive with Sublimation

Using Spray Tack Adhesive with Sublimation I recommend that you only use spray tack adhesive on soft goods like mouse pads, can coolies and garments. There are some hard surfaces items where you must use spray tack adhesive like awards plaques where tape could damage the edges.  For those items and your soft goods, it … Read more