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A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N 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 5 2 G R A P H I C S P R O D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M As for the hard substrates, it is especially helpful to print the RGB chart on white and silver metal along with Unisub's hardboard. When it comes to soft substrates, a good idea is to buy 100% white polyester fabric and create swatches of different RGB color charts. SUBLIMATION PAPER People often ask whether it makes a difference in what sublimation paper you use. The answer is yes. Using the right paper has an impact on the finished product. Here are some reasons for using the correct sublimation transfer paper: • The ink won't be absorbed into the transfer paper. • The transfer paper will release the ink when heat is applied. • The transfer paper can handle the 400 F heat required for most sublimation products. TexPrint-R is an all-purpose high-release sublimation paper for Ricoh and Virtuoso printers. It's great for hard and soft surfaces and yields high-quality results with superb color transfer, in my opinion. The sublimation paper has a special coating on the surface, so the sublimation ink does not saturate into the paper's surface. A question I often get asked is, "Can I use regular copy paper for sublimation?" It is not a good choice to use copy paper with sublima- tion, as the ink will seep into the paper and affect the image's satura- tion and sharpness. It is less noticeable with soft substrates but quite evident with hard substrates. Note: High-release paper is designed to release more sublimation ink in the transfer process, resulting in vibrant colors on your substrates. DESIGNS There are so many places to buy graphic designs from, such as Etsy, Design Bundles, and companies like Great Dane Graphics, to name a few. Most people understand that all designs are not created equal, so knowing what to look for when you purchase graphic designs is essential. Always look for high-resolution files. For instance, designs that I use are from Great Dane Graphics because they only create high- resolution designs. Not only will you be happier with the printed quality, but your colors will be more vibrant when sublimated. Copyright infringement is another example of what to look out for when purchasing designs. You should be aware that if someone is selling copyrighted designs, for example, a Mickey Mouse image, just because you bought it doesn't make it legal to use. The ramifi- If your printer requires CMYK, save the file as such, but keep your original work- ing file in RGB. (Images courtesy Cheryl Kuchek) It is recommended to make an RGB color chart for both your soft and hard sub- strates. (Image courtesy Cheryl Kuchek) Always look for high-resolution files for your sub- limation projects. (Image cour- tesy Great Dane Graphics)

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