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a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com Spring 2018 • THE SUBLIMATION REPORT 25 13. Wall of shame. My friend Trish Lambert suggested that I keep my pro- duction mistakes prominently displayed on a wall near my heat press instead of throwing them in the trash. Her theory was that this Wall of Shame would remind me not to make the same mistakes again. 14. Test kits. Buy inexpensive sub- strate test kits and/or samples of polyester fabric to master a transfer technique or to test a design before transferring onto the actual substrate. Test kits are also a great way to make personalized samples for prospects. 15. Horizontal banding on your transfers. When you see lines running across a printed transfer, that's horizontal banding. Possible causes include: (1) an incomplete nozzle check; (2) wrong driver settings; (3) printer out of alignment; (4) computer is not sending information fast enough; or (5) encoder wheel needs cleaning. Call your sublimation supplier's tech support department for assistance in determining which problem you have and how to correct it. 16. Do the black test. Did you know that black is the last color to subli- mate during the heating process? A good way to determine your optimal pressing technique is to print an RGB black image (0,0,0) and then transfer onto the desired substrate. If you get a great black, you are dialed in. If you don't, adjust your press's time and/or temperature until you get it right. 17. Clean swipe! Use a lint roller to remove loose fibers and debris from T-shirts and other fabric products before pressing. This usually removes the blue lint that sometimes shows up after sublimation and also works for hard substrates. 18. Sublimating to non-white polyester shirts. Sublimation ink is not opaque. Once an image is transferred onto a substrate, the substrate's color shows through the transferred image. For white- and light-colored shirts, this works Tip 13 NOT ALL DYE-SUBLIMATION PRINTERS ARE BUILT THE SAME 4-color or 8-color printing plus fluorescent inks Unattended, high-volume production 64" print width to fit full textile rolls Texart TM XT-640 Dye-Sublimation Printer Not all dye-sublimation printers are able to print onto full bolts of 64" transfer paper for transferring onto full rolls of fabric. Fortunately, the Roland XT-640 is the ideal size and o•ers unbeatable machine performance for apparel, sportswear, soft signage, fine art, décor, and merchandising. Get unstoppable dye-sublimation production at rolanddga.com/xt

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