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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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 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
There are tons of great benefits of working with sublimation and 100% polyester garments things like moisture wicking, durability, soft hand and beautiful bright vibrant colors are just a few of them. Unfortunately, there is also a little drawback which is those little transfer lines that can ruin a perfectly good sublimation shirt.
Fortunately, there are several steps that can be used to eliminate those transfer lines and typically some combination of the steps or using all of them combined will solve this issue. There is definitely a need to do some testing to see what method or methods will work best for you and your set up. There is no real magic button as there are several variables in this like the type of shirt, your heat press, the pressure and temperature used and other issues that could be causing the transfer lines.
Growing up in a home with a few acres of land in a rural community, my brother and I were fortunate to have a variety of animals. We had goats, chickens and of course dogs and cats. Believe it or not, in my high school year book there is a picture of me and my horse – Blazer. Obviously, I am not alone in my love for animals, since the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that more than 63% of households in the US have at least one pet. Those pet owners spend in excess of $55 billion dollars on pet products every year. As a decorator, you should be grabbing some of that big tasty pie!
One of the real areas for Success in Apparel Sublimation is in the value proposition. Like it or not, polyester is here to stay, and the ability to sell a polyester garment at a premium draws most people to sublimation for apparel decoration.