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2019 Sublimation Report

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Page 31 of 32 • Spring 2019 • The Sublimation Report 31 would like to print. This may come in the form of designing with a graphics program (like Photoshop or CreativeStudio), taking a digital photo, or even scanning an image, converting it from an analog object to a digital file. No matter which route you take, the result is the same: a file that is made to be viewed on a digital screen. Computers use electrical energy to generate images from light based on combining various percentages of red, green, and blue (RGB). When all three combine on the screen in specific amounts, white is created. Although all colors of the visible spectrum can be pro- duced by merging red, green, and blue light, monitors can display only a limited gamut or range of color. Printers produce colors a little differently. While computer monitors emit light, printed products absorb or reflect specific wave- lengths of light. Cyan, magenta, and yellow inks serve as filters, subtracting varying degrees of red, green, and blue from white light to produce a selective gamut of colors that are able to be seen. Though combining cyan, magenta, and yellow creates black, it is often easier for printer and ink manufac- turers to include black as its own color in four-color ink printing — CMYK. Like with RGB color on a computer screen, CMYK inks produce a color gamut that is only a subset of the visible spec- trum, although the range is not the same for both. In fact, RGB color has a larger gamut than CMYK does. Consequently, images designed in an RGB color space on a computer must be converted into CMYK colors for the printers to reproduce. This is where color management or color correction comes into play. Simply defined, color management gives you the ability to manage the color conversion that takes place between monitor and printer, so that you can produce the best-quality results. In the world of digital printing, this comes in the form of ICC (International Color Consor- tium) profiles or custom print drivers. Color correction is essential with dye- sublimation printing, as the prints go through a chemical transformation before you have a finished product. When a dye-sublimation transfer sheet is heated and pressed onto a substrate, the ink turns into a gas that bonds Custom print drivers have color correction built into the printer control system and may contain several profiles based on specific settings the user inputs. Call (618) 205 5007 Visit Email lasEr printing laser / print fume extraction solutions Market leading fume extraction technology for all types of print and laser processing, at affordable prices. call our experts reliaBle, HiGH QualitY solutions WITH LOW LIFETIME COST OF OWNERSHIP TIMELESS MEMORIES SinglePrint ™ HEAT TRANSFER PAPER Transfer to Wood, Glass, Acrylic & Ceramic Plaques. i n f o @ r h i n o t e c h i n c . c o m 888-717-4466 w w w. r h i n o t e c h i n c . c o m y o u t u b e . c o m / r h i n o t e c h c o m p a n y

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