GRAPHICS PRO

December '20

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 D E C E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 5 3 cations could be a stiff penalty, or worse, a lawsuit. Find a typeface that will enhance your image. The standard rule of thumb is that no more than two fonts should be used when creating a design since it can look visually unpleasing. There are free font sites, and some that allow you to preview what a word would look like as you scroll through the font options. One font site that has a preview is Dafont. Other free sites are FontSquir- rel and 1001 Free Fonts. GRAPHIC SOFTWARE Another common question I hear is, "What software should I use with my sublimation printer?" My answer is always the same: "The one you know." When starting with sublimation printing, there is a learning curve. So, combining that with trying to learn a new software can eas- ily cause unnecessary frustration. The most common software used with sublimation include CorelDRAW, Adobe's Photoshop, and Illustrator. A relatively new software in our industry that is worth looking at and is affordable is Affinity Photo. Many people coming from the vinyl world use Silhouette Studio, and they use that with great success. I hope this brief overview helps you create better designs for your sublimation. Keep- ing these simple things in mind helps ensure a quality end prod- uct. GP CHERYL KUCHEK is the owner of Just my Imagination DeZigns Inc. and has been active in the personalization industry for over 10 years. Cheryl has a passion for the industry and a love for helping people; she was the first to start a Facebook group to do just that. Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond is a resource to help those first starting out and those who are advanced. Cheryl can be reached at cheryl@justmyimaginationdezigns.com. BE SURE TO KEEP A SUBLIMATION NOTEBOOK AND JOT DOWN THE TIMES AND TEMPERATURES REQUIRED FOR EACH SUBSTRATE TO REFERENCE LATER. The most common software used with sublimation include CorelDRAW, Adobe's Photoshop, and Illustrator. (Image courtesy Cheryl Kuchek)

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