What advice do you have for someone just starting out in sublimation?

  1. Don’t buy equipment on a piecemeal process. Buy a turnkey system from someone who has a good reputation for supporting their clients, with after hours and weekend technical support.
  2. Document your successes and failures. Learning to do sublimation is almost like learning to cook. Document everything – from what you don’t understand to your questions. We all make mistakes, but it’s important to learn from your mistakes. Create a wall of shame – when you make a mistake, put it on your wall to avoid making the same mistake again. If you sublimate something upside down, for instance, you can remember and make progress. Not learning from your mistakes dooms you to failure.


Condé Systems president

David Gross

David Gross is the president of Condé Systems, Inc. For over 30 years, he has developed and built the Mobile, Alabama based company into the premier source for printers, substrates, and consumables serving the sublimation and digital heat transfer industries. David's goal has always been to provide business owners the superior guidance and resources needed to be successful at these exciting and profitable decorating technologies. Gross regularly contributed articles to A&E magazine as part of his “Road to Sublimation Success” series and continues to contribute to GRAPHICS PRO. He has co-authored several books including RTSS: Harnessing the Power of Sublimation for Outstanding Profits, RTSS: Cashing In On The ChromaLuxe Revolution, The Sublimation Journal, and others. He can be reached by email at

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