How to Press Sublimation Plaques and Awards

Commemorate special events and awards with our high-quality sublimation plaques! These plaques are perfect for sports teams, employee recognition, or honoring a special hero. Pressing these sublimation blanks can be easy when done correctly. That’s why we’re providing you with these tips on getting professional results while avoiding common mistakes.

We used the shield award plaque, our small format Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 printer, and Image Right R paper.

Design with Templates

The nice thing about sublimation is that you can use any computer program to set up your design. However, for odd shapes like our shield plaque, it’s best to use a template. We offer templates in PDF and EPS formats.

For more information on how to use templates, click on one of the following programs to check out our Youtube video!
Adobe Photoshop CS
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
Corel Draw X4

For Sawgrass Virtuoso users, try out Creative Studio, which you can find on the Sawgrass website! Creative Studio makes everything so much easier by providing a template in which you can easily upload your own image. Check out our webinar video on how to use this online program.

Get on With Printing

Don’t forget to print your design in reverse. The Powerdriver (the color correction driver) for Windows automatically mirrors the image, but if you are a Mac user, you may have to do that manually depending on your sublimation printing system. if you are using Image Right print on the bright white side of the paper!

Pre-Press To Avoid a Mess!

Any hard surface sublimation blank should be pre-pressed to eliminate moisture. Heat your press to 400° F, place your blank on the heat press face up, and cover it with a protective silicone sheet or polyester fabric. We don’t recommend using Teflon for this step as it traps moisture. Close and press for about 40 seconds.

If you see a lot of steam or moisture collecting anywhere on the lower platen, press again for additional 40 seconds.

Trim Your Design and Line Up

The award plaques are fairly thick and have a beveled edge, which can sometimes diminish visibility when aligning the design. We recommend trimming the paper close to the outline of the shape. Put the paper face up on a flat surface and align your plaque. Hold both the paper and the plaque firmly while you carefully tape them together for added security with thermal tape.

Press Away!

Now that you have your design taped to your plaque, place the blank face up in your heat press. The instructions for our MDF Hardboard Plaques made by Unisub are as follows:

Temperature: 400° F
Time: 30-45 seconds
Pressure: Medium (4-5 bars)

We pressed ours for 40 seconds which resulted in a perfect edge to edge sublimation! Peel away the paper immediately after the time has elapsed. Be careful to not shift the paper while the blank is still hot as that may cause ghosting and blurry image.

Proudly Display

The finished plaque should look flawless throughout. If there are any spots that look lighter than others or faded edges, try increasing your pressure and double checking that your temperature is consistent on your heat press platen.

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5 Practical And Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate and appreciate all the mothers and grandmothers out there than to give a personalized gift from the heart that will last a lifetime! It is a great opportunity to create unique custom gifts that can be used daily and can be integrated into the practical everyday life of a woman.

We have compiled a list of sublimation blanks that can be decorated and personalized in many ways from items that compliment an outfit to home goods that bring comfort to any living room.

  1. Charm Bracelets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry is a timeless gift idea for any woman, that can be worn daily or for special occasions. Take it up a notch with this Sublimation Silver Charm Bracelet by printing something unique for her on the sublimation aluminum charms that can be attached to the silver chain and switched out throughout the year. Take into consideration her favorite colors and the outfits she wears. Look through some free vector websites for floral, geometric or abstract patterns that match her personality or taste, such as Freepik! Or simply dig through family photos that will warm her heart and bring back loving memories.

2. Canvas Tote Bag

Customization meets practicality with these canvas tote bags! The large bag is sturdy and can fit bulky items easily. It is a convenient gift and a good fit for just about any mom from the beach or pool-goers, the back to college moms, fitness and yoga enthusiasts or simply shopping fashionistas. The 100% white polyester canvas bag is great for full-color sublimation and compatible with any other heat transfer process. Choose from a variety of heat transfer vinyl colors and textures to make your designs pop on our black canvas bag or try out heat transfer paper for more complex designs!

3. Compact Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compact mirrors are useful and lightweight, coming in handy right when you need them. Be it an eyelash in the eye or in need of a quick touch up during a night out without the kids, these mirrors come with a metal sublimation insert and a magnifying side.

4. Decorative Pillow Covers

Bring comfort and coziness to your mom’s heart with custom printed pillow covers.  The 15″ x 15″ canvas pillow case can be sublimation printed with photographs, phrases, drawings and more! Don’t like the canvas texture? For added softness, try out the peach skin pillow cover! Decorative pillows are not only beautiful home accents but also serve as additional comfort in the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. This is a must-have item!

5. Kitchen apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the master chefs and baking divas, a custom apron would be an appreciated gift. The white polyester aprons can be sublimated edge to edge and will not only protect the cook from getting stained and dirty but also complement the wearer’s personality and style with an image or design that nobody else has. It is also a great conversation starter when guests arrive!

How to Sublimate Name Badges

Looking for a new market to integrate a familiar product? Take a glance at places you shop: your local eateries, offices or even travel. Each has at least one thing in common… name badges! How would we put a name to the face of our friendly staff or wait service without them?

You may ask yourself how you can provide a step above other name badge offers. The answer is simple: full color, cost effective customization – most places are either getting them engraved or pad printed. With sublimation name badges you can offer a more economically friendly product with better image quality results.

Tools Needed

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Step by Step Pressing Instructions

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Step 1: Set heat press to 400 degrees and time to 40 seconds
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Step 2: Place transfer to name badges using thermal tape, be sure to use the bright white side face up on the transfer – this will be the smooth white finish compared to the non-bright white side
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Step 3: Place taped transfer and product in the heat press with transfer face up. Press for 40 seconds at 400 degrees using medium pressure. Bonus: on a 16×20 press up to 15 can be pressed at 1 time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Using a protective glove remove transfer from product immediately after transferring is complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Once products have cooled, apply adhesive magnet fastener to the back of the name badge and press firmly to adhere to produc
Step 5: Once products have cooled, apply adhesive magnet fastener to the back of the name badge and press firmly to adhere to produc
Image should be vibrant and clear, with no smudges or uneven spots.
Image should be vibrant and clear, with no smudges or uneven spots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We offer a variety of sizes and materials to fit the needs of any business!