5 Useful Sublimation Resources

5 reasons filmEvery once in a while I like to do a sort of list or round-up post where I compile some information or industry resources I think are helpful.   On the Embroidery Talk Blog,  it’s called the Friday Blog Round-Up.    I’m not sure if the same sort of post will be as regular here, or will get its own name,  but I thought it might be useful to include some links to helpful information I’ve found.

First up,  for those who are interested in sublimation for schools,  you may want to download Sawgrass Ink’s “Making Money in the School Market“.    This marketing plan can give you tips on how to grow your school sales.  Schools can be a fertile ground for all kinds of decoration,  so it’s definitely worth downloading this book.

Second on the docket is a video,  also from Sawgrass,  about how to download and use Unisub templates.   For those who don’t know,  Unisub makes a number of products for sublimation,  and the templates they provide are very useful.    If you just want access to the templates themselves,  you can find them on Unisub’s website.

Third on the docket,  we have what we call the “Dye Sublimators Bible“,   which can be downloaded from EnMart’s website.   This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of sublimation,  and gives you information on sublimating various kinds of materials and products.   It’s a very useful basic primer on the art of sublimation.

Fourth at bat,  if you’ve ever purchased any of our Mates products – you may find this helpful.   It’s some sublimation tips from Rowmark,  the maker of the Mates products.     You can download basic sublimation tips for Mates or troubleshooting Mates printing.

Fifth,  some tips for startup sublimation from Printwear Magazine.  I have to confess I wrote these,  and my favorite is the first one,  since it addresses a concern I hear often.    The reality is that you will screw up while sublimating at some point.   Make your peace with that and don’t let it put you off trying sublimation entirely.


Sublimation Templates

I believe I’ve discussed this subject before,  but I thought it was worth mentioning again because it is one of the questions we get asked most often at trade shows.   Templates can be very useful when you’re just starting out with a new sublimated product,  but they often don’t come with the product when it is purchased.   At some point EnMart plans to have templates available for download from our web site,  but that requires time to get all the templates loaded and identified.   In the meantime,  it seems simpler and more efficient to point you to sites that are already offering templates.

Unisub is one of the main manufacturers of items for sublimation.   A great many of the FRP items come from Unisub.  Given that,  their site is always a good place to look for templates.  They have a wide variety of templates available for download in both .eps and .cdr format.  Unisub also offers a series of tip sheets that may be helpful.

Another place where you can find templates is on the Rowmark website.  EnMart is a Rowmark distributor so you can find templates for the majority of the products we carry on the Rowmark site.    The templates available from the Rowmark site are in PDF format.    You can also find additional templates by clicking on the sublimation products link.  Rowmark also provides temperature and press time information for their products.

Any discussion of templates should also include a mention of Hanes SublimationMaker 2.0.   This software features both the Unisub and Rowmark templates as well as the ability to create custom templates.   Hanes SublimationMaker also allows you to create your own templates and designs.   If you’re interested in creating murals or custom tabletops,  you might want to take a look at this software as well,  since it has mural making capabilities.

Finally, I wanted to remind everyone not to neglect the Sawgrass website when you’re looking for help and information.   Sawgrass offers how to videos for digital decoration.  They also offer a handy desktop sublimation pricing calculator for download.    You can also find instructional webinars on their website.  If you’re just getting started with sublimation,  the Sawgrass website is a treasure trove of information.

Of course,  as always,  EnMart is here to be of assistance as well.  If you have a question or need assistance,  just contact us and we will be glad to help.   You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with the latest news and information.