GRAPHICS PRO

April '21

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3 2 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 9 Check your material. If you aren't buy- ing from a distributor but from a major retailer instead, the poly content stated is not always true. Numerous social me- dia threads online support that theory. 10 Did you change ink brands or kinds? If so, those printer ink areas need to be flushed out very well. Distributors like BestBlanks.com offer cleaning cartridges for printers, so that may be something to look into if you've switched your printer to sublimation inks. 11 Check the ink expiration date. A. Time slips by and suddenly you didn't realize that ink has an expiration date of yesterday. It matters. Check the dates when your package arrives and mark that date on a calendar. I suspect it's like milk or eggs when it comes to expiration dates. The ink won't suddenly spoil, but be wary once you hit or get close to that date. BIG TIP: Sublimate a color chart to start with on a metal print or if you are sublimating fabric, do a plain white shirt. To go one level up, sublimate a col- or chart and a group of small photos (that includes various people as well as color shades that show a bright white, shadows, and a solid black). Looking at skin tones, shadows, and then solid colors allow you to see all the options. Is the solid color smooth? Does the person look a little green? Is the shad- ow blotchy? Review it and ask questions. Not sure you can focus and concentrate? Set a timer for yourself to look at the pressed pieces for 15 minutes. After just a few minutes, I guarantee the voice in your head will start analyzing the colors you are seeing, asking questions, and be- fore you know it, you'll be able to see the color of the printed samples. One last tidbit to help you organize your color chart reference: add a date to it. You will want to go back again in six to nine months and run off the same chart and photos then compare them to the older date to check your color consistency. Don't forget: What you see on screen won't be exact to your print or the 3 2 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Color matching means a few different things to different people. (All images courtesy Jennifer Foy) If you're encountering a color- matching problem, chances are others have as well. Tap available resources such as YouTube videos, forums, and published articles for help. S U B L I M AT I O N R E P O R T 2 0 2 1

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