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Page 45 of 102 41 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 1 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 CorelPHOTO- PAINT and CorelDRAW, or Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. Training videos and tutorials can be found on Adobe and Corel's websites as well as YouTube and platforms like 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. Resolution or quality for your files should be a minimum of 200 DPI (dots per inch); however, are ideally 300 DPI. Templates, Bleeds, and Tools Part of formatting files for printing/pressing includes adding ¼" to the item dimensions for printer bleed so the image goes across the entire product. If it's a 5" X 7" photo panel, then your file format should be 5 ¼" X 7 ¼". 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 ½" to be able to see the bleed and prop- erly 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. Image courtesy Unisub By Jennifer Foy, Unisub Sublimation Graphics Software Basics Condé offers everything needed to succeed in t he personalized photo gift business includ ing sublimation and digital heat transfer systems, blank imprintable products, design software, and production supplies. During all stages of product select ion, sales, and post sales, Condé offers expert knowledge and superior technical support to help screen printers, sign makers, embroiderers, pad printers, engravers, photographers, and artists expand their current product offerings to include a variety of high-margin products includ ing drinkware, wearables, home décor, pet gifts, jewelry, signage, award plaques, and more.

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