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2019 Sublimation Report

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a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com Spring 2019 • The Sublimation Report 9 GRAPHICS SOFTWARE When starting in sublimation, you need the heat press, printer, inks, etc. But something many people don't think about is the software for editing graphics and formatting artwork. The top two programs to use are Corel PHOTOPAINT and CorelDRAW, or Adobe Photo- shop/Illustrator. Training videos and tutorials can be found on Adobe and Corel's websites as well as YouTube and platforms like Lynda.com. FILE FORMATS AND COLOR MODES Sublimation image/art files work best in RGB color mode over CMYK. File formats for printing are commonly JPG or PDF. Resolu- tion or quality for your files should be a minimum of 200 DPI (dots per inch); however, are ideally 300 DPI. TEMPLATES, BLEED, AND TOOLS Here are some different ways to add a bleed to your design/file: • Part of formatting files for printing/ pressing includes adding 1/4 of an inch to the item dimensions for printer bleed so the image goes across the entire product. If it's a 5-by-7-inch photo panel then your file format should be 5 1/4- by-7 1/4 inches. On smaller items, you'll notice you can use slightly less bleed, or on larger, thicker items like MDF photo panels/signs, you may want to add a thicker bleed of 1/2 of an inch to be able to see the bleed and properly center the blank product onto the printed transfer. • On designs that have a white or light background, add a thin black border so you can see your image area and not have to guess, creating a waste of not only a transfer but also a product that you sublimated off-center. Sizing and formatting the image in Adobe Photoshop before printing. IMAGES COURTESY JENNIFER FOY Sublimation Graphics Software Basics By Jennifer Foy, Unisub

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