5 Common Troubles of Sublimation Printing

                                                             5 Common Troubles of Sublimation Printing

1.Red light on Printer

    Cause: The printer does not recognize the ink cartridge chip.

    First make sure that all of the chips are on the cartridges and that none have fallen off. Then snap

the cartridges back in to place to ensure it was not a placement issue. Sometimes printers can be

extremely sensitive about the chip or the cartridge being slightly out of position or not locked down all

of the way. By merely removing the cartridge and putting it back in a couple of times should help. If you

are using a bulk ink system the troubleshooting is similar. The piece that holds the chips may not be

locked down properly. The plastic bar that goes on top of the chips, under the cartridges, may not be

secured either. Check that these pieces both click into place. If the printer light still does not go off, turn

your printer off for a couple of minutes, then turn it back on. This tricks the printer and chips into

thinking that you have installed new cartridges. Sometimes the sublimation printer will assume that it

should be out of ink after so many prints without realizing you are using a bulk ink system instead of

regular cartridges.

    Secondly, if everything seems to be placed properly and the printer is still not recognizing the

cartridges, the printer may not have good contact with the micro chips on the cartridges. Clean the

chips by gently wiping them with an alcohol wipe and double-check that there is not too much glue on

the chip.

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2. Color Issues (ICC Profile Installation)

    For Mac OSX and higher, insert the disk and view the profile. In your hard drive, click on system/

Library/ ColorSync/ Profiles. Drop the corresponding printer profile in that folder. Your Photoshop and

CorelDraw will recognize the profile if it is in the folder. Once your profile is in the correct location in

your computer, you need to set your computer up to actually use it. Step by step instructions on correct

settings can be found on the disc in the folder labeled "instructions."

    For PC Windows, simply install the disk and you will receive a prompt with three option; click on

"e;run and install"e; for the set-up wizard to walk your through the rest. If you do not get an installation

wizard pop up window, then you can manually install the profile. Open your "MyComputer" icon on your

desktop and right-click on the CD/DVD ROM drive that your CD is currently using and select explore.

Open the profiles folder finding the corresponding profile for your specific printer. Now open another

MyComputer window and follow this path: C:Drive (Hard drive)/WINDOWS/System32/Spool/Drivers

/Color. Drag and drop the profile for your printer into this newly opened color profile window. Your

Photoshop and CorelDraw will recognize the profile if it is in the folder. Once your profile is in the

correct location , you must tell your program and printer how to use it. If not, it will always print using a

default color profile. Step by step instructions on correct settings can be found on the disc in the folder

labeled "instructions."

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3. Image is not Transferring Correctly

    If you are transferring to fabric, double check that it is made of 100% polyester for best results. A

lower percentage of polyester causes a lighter transfer. If you are transferring onto a hard surface,

make sure it is polyester coated and stated that is intended for sublimation use.Every item requires a

different time and temperature in order to transfer. For example, most metals or aluminums require

400 degrees F for 45 seconds. Most plastics require 400 degrees F for 35 seconds. Not only do you

need to verify the correct pressing time and temperature for each item, but you also need to be aware

that sometimes adjustments need to be made due to the variety of equipment available.

4. Image Looks Bad

    If your image looks unclear and pixilated when you print it, it is probably because your image's

resolution is not high enough. We recommend 300 dpi resolution, which is a high quality image. 72

dpi will work sometimes if the image is already set at its printable size. Do not increase a low

resolution image to 300 dpi! This will cause your image to look even more pixilated when transferred.

In order for your image to come out clear, the size must decrease in order to compensate for the

added pixels. Keep in mind that you cannot create image quality, you can only take it away.

    Many people like to take images from the web to create a design. Unfortunately, most images on the

web are lower quality, making them suitable for web placement and faster viewing. Though these

images may look good on the screen, they will become pixilated and dull when printed because they

are lower quality images.

5. Mugs are Bleeding in the Dishwasher

    It's most likely that, if your mugs are bleeding in the dishwasher, your dishwasher is too hot. Try a

lower temperature wash cycle if possible, or merely hand wash the mugs.

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