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26 THE SUBLIMATION REPORT • Spring 2018 a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com out quite well. For darker shirts, the limited color range is typically unacceptable. Keep in mind that you must use colored shirts that are certified for sublimation transfer because a standard colored polyester shirt will un- sublimate its color when hit with heat. DESIGN 19. Design in RGB for best results. Even though these printers use CMYK ink, the drivers and ink set are optimized for the larger RGB color gamut. When creating new artwork, make sure that you use an RGB color palette. If editing someone else's artwork, you may want to substitute RGB colors in the place of the original CMYK colors. 20. Image resolution. When trans- ferring onto hard substrates, I suggest images be at least 200 dpi (at print size) to look good. Only 150 dpi is needed (at print size) when transferring onto soft substrates. Web graphics, which are often 72 dpi, give you poor and typically unac- ceptable results. "At print size" means that if you're transferring an 8-by-10-inch image onto a hard substrate, the image needs to be at least 200 dpi. Especially useful for large tile murals, On1 Perfect Resize is a software tool that I use to quickly enlarge images without loss of sharpness or detail. 21. Learn to use CorelDRAW's Color Replacement Wizard. In CorelDRAW, the Replace Wizard can easily convert all of the spot colors used in a graphic (Pantone, CMYK, etc.) to RGB for printing. When in CorelDRAW, choose Edit>Find and Replace>Replace Objects. The Replace Wizard menu will pop up. Select Replace a Color Model or Palette>Next. Select Find Any Color Model or Color Palette, and next to Replace with the Color Model:, select RGB. A Find & Replace box will pop up. Push the Replace All button. Depending on the image's complexity, it'll take a few moments for CorelDRAW to search the entire page and replace any non-RGB colors with its RGB equivalents. 22. Great color is the name of the game. Everyone wants accurate and vibrant colors. To achieve it, you'll of course need a great printer, ink, paper, and substrates. What really makes the dif- ference, however, is a great ICC profile and the proper print settings. 23. What design software should you use? I suggest star ting with the software you already know. Although most professional sublimators use an Adobe or CorelDRAW product, many new folks in sublimation are using Sil- 30 Sublimation Tips and Tricks CITADEL B R A N D S

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