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A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N 1 0 2 G R A P H I C S P R O N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S U B L I M A T I O N B A S I C S A N D B E Y O N D of the wide range of products it could work with, such as tumblers, mugs, and odd-shaped substrates. The shrink wrap conforms to the size and shape of the substrate. To start the process, place your sub- strate into the sleeve and then use a heat gun to heat the wrap, and it will begin to conform to the substrate. Once finished, place it into a convec- tion oven. Tip: Have a separate convection oven used only for sublimation/crafts. Never use your house oven or an oven that you cook in because the gases from the subli- mation permeate the walls and possibly contaminate the food you eat. PILLOW COVERS Pillow covers are always trendy because they can be changed out seasonally and add so much to a bed, couch, or living space. Pillow covers bring a new look of change to a room. One of the benefits of pillow covers is not having to have bulky pillows, but IT'S NOT JUST PILLOWS THAT ARE EXPLODING—THE ENTIRE HOME DÉCOR MARKET IS CURRENTLY ON FIRE WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS. CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE "MULTITALENTED TEXTILES: A LOOK AT TRENDS AND EVOLUTIONS IN DYE-SUBLIMATED TEXTILES" ON PAGE 12 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS BOOMING PROFIT OPPORTUNITY. This mask was purchased from Condé (there are several suppliers that provide face masks throughout the industry). It was done using a Sawgrass SG400, pressed for 60 seconds at 385 F. This Vapor Apparel gaiter was sublimated using an Epson F570 printer, then pressed for a time of 60 seconds and temperature of 385 F. Drinkware continues to be a popular item to customize. This 20-ounce white glossy tumbler was done using a mug wrap in a convection oven for 3 minutes at 400 F. Pay attention to color trends using the Pantone color reports.

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