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Use Your Graphics Software to Go Larger in Sublimation

Take advantage of CorelDraw for larger pieces that command a higher price.

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One of our favorite ways to make large sublimated products with smaller equipment is with Sublimurals/Chromaluxe Hanging Murals and ceramic tile murals. CorelDraw works better than any other software for this, as it has the Powerclip function, which makes it easy to break an image into smaller pieces.

For the Sublimurals and Chromaluxe Hanging Murals, there are templates available that are completely laid out for the finished products, complete with the proper overbleeds. All you have to do is import your image, Powerclip the image into the template, and Ungroup and break the Powerclip into the smaller pieces. Then you are able to print and press each of the individual pieces with the smaller printer. The base Sublimurals and Chromaluxe Hanging Murals can be combined to make even larger murals.

You can do the same thing with ceramic tiles. First, you have to create your tile layout in CorelDraw. You do that using the Graph Paper tool, which is a flyout on the Polygon tool. When you select the Graph Paper tool, it allows you to choose how many tiles you want to have from side to side and top to bottom. After you choose that, click and drag out to create the grid. Once that is done, you need to size the mural for both the tiles and the grout space. You have to account correctly for the grout space, or your tiles will line up incorrectly when installed. Using this process, you can complete an entire wall size mural if you like with even the smallest sublimation printer.

-Kevin Lumberg & TJ Kvilhaug, Johnson Plastics

Kevin Lumberg & TJ Kvilhaug

Kevin Lumberg is a Sublimation Sales Specialist and TJ Kvilhaug is a Large Format Sublimation Account Manager at Johnson Plastics Plus. Visit Johnson Plastics Plus on the web at www.johnsonplasticsplus.com. For further information, Kevin can be reached at 800-869-7800 ext. 5737 or by email at [email protected] TJ can be reached at 800-869-7836 or by email at [email protected]

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