New Sublimation and ChromaBlast Solution for Mac Users

EnMart often gets questions about whether or not Sawgrass’ printer drivers can be used with a Mac.   At times, we’ve had to say no, or suggest workarounds in answer to that question.  Today, however,  I have a different response to that question.  Sawgrass has just announced the introduction of Sublijet-R and ChromaBlast-R solutions for the Ricoh GX7000 and the Ricoh GX e3300n which run on the Mac OS.

The center of this new solution for Mac users is MacProfile.  This is an easy to install, unique color management software bundle that assists with product registration.  MacProfile also includes a custom ICC profile, a custom Palette Swatch Library and custom Proof Palette.   This new solution is compatible with popular Mac OS design software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.   The software will also give users flexibility,  as it offers rich, vibrant color over a wide variety of images and substrates.

MacProfile also comes with Sawgrass’ Palette Swatch Library and Proofing Palette.  The tools can be used for precise color matching.   The Palette Swatch Library is a a selection of preset color which are suitable for creating designs which are intended to be printed using Sublijet-R or ChromaBlast-R ink.   The Proof Palette allows creation of a color swatch booklet, which can be used as a reference guide to see how colors will look once they are pressed.

Mac users can find more information about installing and using the MacProfile software on the Sawgrass website.   You can download MacProfile from the Sawgrass site as well.

Think Ink

Many times when we talk about sublimation,  we talk about the printers or the blanks or the paper.  All of those items are important and necessary for sublimation,  but none are quite so vital as the sublimation ink.   Without the ink there is no printed transfer,  and without the transfer there is no image to place on your shirt or mug or mousepad.    The ink is where everything begins.

Dye sublimation is a process by which an ink is turned form a solid to a gas without going through the liquid state.    The conversion from one state to another occurs when the ink is heated  and is controlled through time and pressure.   When the ink is used with the proper paper and transferred to a polyester or poly coated substrate,  the result is a vibrant print that is sturdy enough to withstand washing and sun.

Sublimation ink is manufactured by Sawgrass Technologies,  and is available as Sublijet for Epson printers and Sublijet-R for Ricoh printers.    Both formulation and cartridge size can differ based on the make and model of the printers you are using,  so please be sure you select the correct ink category for your printer.    You should also keep in mind that sublimation ink is designed for printing on polyester fabrics or poly coated items.  If you attempt to use transfers printed with Sublijet ink on any medium other than polyester,  your transfers will not print correctly.

If you would prefer to print transfers for use on cotton garments,  the ink option you should explore is ChromaBlast Ink.   Like the Sublijet Ink,  ChromaBlast ink is available in formulations suitable for Ricoh or Epson printers.    ChromaBlast is for use on cotton fabrics only,  and is suitable only for white or light colored fabrics.   For some people,  ChromaBlast Ink and paper offer an alternative to direct to garment printing.

Finally,  we can’t forget that EnMart also offers ink for those who print directly to garments using a Brother GT-541 printer.  EnMart sells NaturaLink B from Sawgrass.  This ink is color matched with the Brother OEM inks, and is available at a less expensive price.    For more information on NaturaLink B and Brother, please read our in-depth FAQs on the subject.

Whatever your ink requirements,  be it sublimation,  ChromaBlast or direct to garment printing with a Brother GT-541,  EnMart has the supplies and ink you need.   If you’ve been looking for a one stop shop for sublimation,  or for a quick and efficient shipper for your ChromaBlast or NaturaLink B inks,  look no further than EnMart.    We will be happy to assist you in finding the ink you need for your particular printing requirements.