April '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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8 THE SUBLIMATION REPORT • Spring 2017 • • The Click-a-Jig system allows for multiple phone-style cases to be mixed in a production run. • Instead of paper, a coated metallic film is used. When heated and pulled by the vacuum, the metallic film con- forms nicely to the substrate(s). • Will it work with your printer? I have tested many of the Ricoh and Virtuoso printers using our Condé ICC profile and setting with excel- lent results. • With a cost of less than $4,000, I think the break-even is quite attrac- tive. Add to that the ever-increasing number of new 3D substrates, and I think the Technotape 3D press is both a workhorse and winner. I have put together a video at www. to show how easy the press is to use. SOFTWARE CreativeStudio CreativeStudio is a cloud-based designer that is bundled free of charge with every Virtuoso printer. Because this software "lives" in the cloud, there is really nothing to install on your computer other than the print manager—you just create an account and start designing. The latest version of CreativeStudio has recently been updated to provide digital decorators with better function- ality, increased efficiency, and new tools that make creating products faster and easier than ever. I think CreativeStudio fills an important need by helping folks to quickly produce great-looking products without the need to purchase and learn CorelDraw or Photoshop. • Virtuoso Print Manager, Sawgrass' first universal print management application, offers users a singular solution for optimal print quality and production efficiency. The soft- ware combines the best features of PowerDriver, CreativeStudio Print Manager and WinProfile/ MacProfile ICC profile solutions into a powerful and easy-to-use RIP-like application. • Virtuoso Print Manager greatly improves efficiency with sub- limation printing and makes it easier than ever to get optimal color and image quality. Designed to work with Windows or Mac OS, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and CreativeStudio, Virtuoso Print Manager also offers several new features, including job and image ganging to save media, file-to-print workflow from desktop graphics programs, built-in ICC profiles for a wide variety of substrates and image types, and more. • CreativeStudio's new additions include options to conserve media with manual or automatic grouping of multiple jobs, an on-screen image scale indicator, easier file- to-print workflow, and improved functionality with My Templates and My Images options. There will continue to be more improvements as we carry on in the sub- limation journey. Keep your eyes open to what's new in order to stay on top of it. David Gross is president of Condé Systems Inc. For the past 24 years, he has been devoted to advancing sublimation technology. He can be reached by email at IMAGE COURTESY DAVID GROSS Among other advances in sublimation technology, CreativeStudio from Sawgrass has recently been updated. SR

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