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Take Advantage of Year-End Savings

Posted: 17/11/2017 10:18 by Sara Mitchell | with 0 comment(s)

The end of the year usually means an increase in customer orders and revenue for your business. The end of the year is also a time for planning to be successful next year and taking advantage of the many year end deals that can drive that success moving forward. Here’s a look at some things to consider before Dec. 31.

CreativeStudio Corner November Update

Posted: 16/11/2017 14:20 by Sara Mitchell | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass' CreativeStudio team added 600 new graphics, templates, and fonts to the library this November!

 

Fun Printz Steps Up a League with Sawgrass VJ 628 8-Color Printer

Posted: 09/11/2017 10:55 by Sara Mitchell | with 0 comment(s)

UK express print service Fun Printz is elevating its print production and expanding into new markets with Virtuoso 25" / 630 mm 8 Colour HD Product Decorating System.

Sawgrass and Technotape Introduce New 3D Inks Sublimation Solution

Posted: 30/10/2017 11:42 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. and Technotape International debuted a new production solution designed specifically for 3D sublimation at last month’s SGIA Expo 2017 in New Orleans. This completely optimized, turnkey solution for product decorators pairs Sawgrass’s Virtuoso HD Product Decorating Systems and new SubliJet-3D inks with Technotape’s sublimation ovens, 3D film and substrates.

Get Your Printer in Top Shape for Holiday Production

Posted: 30/10/2017 11:40 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

The holiday season is upon us, even though it’s only the end of October. Most of us in the product decorating industry are coming up with sales and marketing plans to sell, sell, sell during the next two months. However, you should also get your printer up to the task of higher-than-usual production. Here are some tips to help ensure your printer is in good shape for the holiday production push. 

CreativeStudio Corner October Update

Posted: 30/10/2017 11:40 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’ CreativeStudio team added 500 new graphics, templates, and fonts to the library this October! 

Cashing in on the Holiday Marketplace

Posted: 30/10/2017 11:40 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

The Christmas decorating market is a €multi-billion industry! Millions of homes all in the world are decorated for Christmas, each with its own unique style and sense of tradition. Full-colour sublimated ornaments, coasters, frames and other home décor products perfectly meet the needs of people looking for unique and personal items to add to their homes or to give as gifts during the holidays. Here is a look at some ways you can cash in on this popular buying season.  

Tech Tip: Checking the Expiration Date on Ink

Posted: 27/10/2017 09:41 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Always remember to check the expiration date on your inks to avoid printing issues.  The “Use By” date can be found on the individual ink box as well as on each ink cartridge. 

If your inks have expired, you will need to flush the expired inks and replace with new ink cartridges. For assistance on flushing the inks, you can use the below links.

The Next Evolution of Print Driver Software: Virtuoso Print Manager 5.2

Posted: 25/09/2017 21:41 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Find out how upgrading from PowerDriver to Virtuoso Print Manager 5.2 will help you maximize your Virtuoso HD Product Decorating Solution, make your production process more efficient and save you valuable time and money.

SubliJet-HD FLEX Inks Named SGIA 2017 Product of the Year for Digital Textile Ink

Posted: 25/09/2017 16:31 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

The SubliJet-HD FLEX 8-color ink set for the Sawgrass VJ 628 printer has been wowing customers worldwide with its colors, diversity-of-use and reliability for the past year. Now, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association has honored SubliJet-HD FLEX with its highest award: 2017 Product of the Year for Digital Ink – Textile.  

Germany’s swook! Grows with Sawgrass’ Virtuoso 25” Solution

Posted: 25/09/2017 16:30 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

​Six years ago, creative personalized smartphone cases were not that easy to find in Germany. Business partners Michael Nowak, Regina Bauer and Christian Doblinger recognized this as a prime opportunity to launch something both unique and profitable, and launched swook!, a high-quality online product personalization service.   

CreativeStudio Corner – Summer and Fall Content Additions

Posted: 25/09/2017 09:38 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’ CreativeStudio team added more than 3,500 new graphics, templates, and fonts to the library this summer! 

Tech Tip: VJ 628 Maintenance Videos

Posted: 25/09/2017 09:29 by Ingrid Van Loocke | with 0 comment(s)

Did you know that the Sawgrass website has helpful videos and maintenance tips for keeping your VJ 628 printer in tip-top shape? 

 

 

'Tis The Season for Holiday Sales

Posted: 19/10/2016 18:41 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

It’s that time of year again! Early fall is just the right time to start getting ready for the holiday season. Gift and decorative product sales during November and December are at an all-year high for most businesses that offer sublimated items. Demand from both consumer/retail and corporate markets will start increasing soon. The question is, are you ready to meet that demand and get a piece of the action for your business?

Are You Ready for a New Year of Sublimation Success?

Posted: 19/10/2016 18:06 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

With only a few months left in 2016, its time to start strategising for growing your business in 2017 and identify if there are any critical decisions that are better made before 31 December. 

Tech Tip: Can I Switch Between SubliJet and ChromaBlast Inks in the Same Printer?

Posted: 19/10/2016 16:46 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Many customers inquire if it is possible to switch between SubliJet and ChromaBlast inks. Click to find out if this is possible and where to go for help. 

CreativeStudio Corner - August/September Content Additions

Posted: 18/10/2016 16:16 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’ CreativeStudio team added more than 700 new graphics and templates to the library in August and September! Check them out!

Boost Your Business with Local Schools Markets

Posted: 19/08/2016 12:03 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

According to US and Canadian government data, over 75 million North Americans between the ages of 5 and 25 are students. They attend over 80,000 schools, all of which have extra-curricular activities, academic awards and faculty and staff deserving of recognition and appreciation. This means that you, as a digital decorator, have a very large market with needs for personalized and branded products right in your own backyard, and if you have not yet tapped it, you should be. 

Schools Markets are Part of Dan Rodgers Sports Zone’s Diversification Strategy

Posted: 17/08/2016 06:57 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Leveraging existing relationships within the schools market and adding sublimation technology to their business, Dan Rodgers Sports Zone is keeping up with big-box store competition. 

CreativeStudio Corner: June/July Content Updates

Posted: 17/08/2016 03:35 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’ CreativeStudio team added nearly 800 new graphics and templates to the library in June/July! Check out what's new!

Tech Tip: Photoshop Update for Mac

Posted: 16/08/2016 16:44 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Adobe’s release of Photoshop version 2015.5 for the MacOS (not Windows) has introduced issues with color management.  Adobe is aware of the problem and is actively working on a resolution.  In the meantime, customers can downgrade to the previous version. Click for instructions on how to downgrade or contact technical support.  

The Art and Science of Color Management for Sublimation

Posted: 28/06/2016 17:32 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Have you ever noticed that the color of an image on your computer screen never quite matches what comes out of the printer? Or the colors on a sublimated substrate may not match exactly with the colors your customer is expecting? These are all common issues that we in the sublimation industry have faced at one time or another. This article delves into some of the basics every sublimator should know to produce beautiful images more efficiently.  

Manage Your Colors Using Ink Sets

Posted: 27/06/2016 13:45 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

At Sawgrass, we talk a lot about color management, especially during June, which is Digital Color Management Month. Most of the time, we discuss things like color theory, software, profiles, tools and techniques for helping you recreate your customers’ colors with the greatest accuracy and the least amount of waste. One approach we have yet to touch on is ink choice. 

CreativeStudio Corner: May Content Updates

Posted: 27/06/2016 13:32 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’s CreativeStudio team added nearly 500 new graphics and templates to the library in May! Check out what's new!

Tech Tip: Defining Your Color Space

Posted: 27/06/2016 12:20 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

No matter which color management solution you choose to work with, once critical step is defining the correct color space or mode within your graphic design software. These programs enable you to use different color profiles. When working with sublimation, you need to activate a specific RGB profile in order to produce accurate colors.

Why Color Management is Important

Posted: 08/06/2016 14:08 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

In the customization and personalization business, color and efficiency are everything. When your colors are off, efficiency is drastically reduced from the time and materials you invest in testing each color change. Learn why you should know how to manage your colors and some easy steps to get you started. 

Get Into Consumer Photo Markets

Posted: 27/05/2016 10:32 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

The photo marketplace is rather complex. Thanks to digital cameras being so accessible nowadays, there is so much demand for products containing photo images. Photo studios and professional photographers, too, often sell their customers digital images for them to turn into the kinds of prints they want. This new landscape has given way to a whole new world of applications for photo-centric products, ranging from personal gifts and keepsakes to fine art pieces and architectural elements.

Labo J-J Micheli Photo Lab Distinguishes Itself with Sublimated Prints

Posted: 27/05/2016 10:31 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

For more than 40 years, Belgium’s Labo J-J Micheli has handled a wide range of photographic and fine art reproduction work - from printing 1,000 photos to copying artwork onto arches paper. Already a leader in traditional and digital photographic reproduction, the photo lab was looking for a way to stand out and distinguish itself as more than just provider of high quality services.

Tech Tip: Get Support at SawgrassInk.com

Posted: 27/05/2016 09:38 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Have a question, challenge or issue with your sublimation system? The Get Support section of the SawgrassInk.com website should be your first stop for help. Going to this page will bring you to the Product Support Wizard. Here, simply make the choices specific to your system from each of the drop-down options.

CreativeStudio Corner: April Content Additions

Posted: 27/05/2016 09:25 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’s CreativeStudio team added more than 500 new graphics and templates to the library in April! Check out what's new!

Dazzle Customers with Sublimation on Metal

Posted: 19/04/2016 00:38 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

When it comes to making money with sublimation, a key factor is perceived value on the part of the customer. The more they think a product is worth, the more willing they are to pay a higher price for it - provided the item is appealing to them.  

Coated metal fits this scenario quite well, as its durable, has fantastic imaging qualities and comes in many forms - from sheet stock to pre-manufactured products, such as bag tags, name badges, license plates, cell phone covers, jewelry and, of course, photo panels.

Indy Sport Pics Clicks with Sublimated Prints and Products

Posted: 19/04/2016 00:37 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Shawn Barney is a professional youth sports photographer who has been innovating in his market for the past few years. After being unhappy with the fulfillment services of photo product vendors he worked with, Barney recently decided to create his own sports gear, t-shirts and other photo-decorated products  for his existing clients with the Virtuoso Desktop HD Product Decorating System.  

CreativeStudio Corner: March Content Additions

Posted: 19/04/2016 00:12 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’s CreativeStudio team added nearly 550 new graphics and templates to the library in March. Check out what's new!

Tech Tip: Which Browser are You Using?

Posted: 15/04/2016 12:08 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

If you’ve been experiencing issues with CreativeStudio, product registration or downloading software, make sure that you’re using the latest version of a compatible web browser and that your internet connection is fast enough. 

 

Get Your Piece of the Interior Signage Market

Posted: 15/03/2016 00:15 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Interior signage makers have a tremendous number of potential clients they can target to build and grow their own businesses. After all, every organization - from cafes and offices to schools, hospitals, government agencies, nonprofits and beyond - has a need for interior signage. As a product decorator with a sublimation system, you are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this niche market.

My Imprint Studios Showcases Design Work with Sublimation

Posted: 15/03/2016 00:10 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

When My Imprint Studios launched in 2010, its focus was primarily on printing t-shirts. Co-owner Michael Bodine said that the company started as a side business with a very specific focus on screen printing and vinyl decoration. Within the first six months, however, his team quickly learned that there was a whole world of money-making possibility available by adding sublimation technology to their shop.

CreativeStudio Corner: February Content Additions

Posted: 15/03/2016 00:07 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Sawgrass’s CreativeStudio team added nearly 400 new graphics and templates to the library in February. Check out what's new!

Tech Tip: Run Nozzle Checks

Posted: 15/03/2016 00:05 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Your sublimation printer uses tiny nozzles to disperse ink from the cartridges to the transfer paper you’re printing on. Sometimes these openings become clogged, which can result in poor image quality. Printing a nozzle check pattern can help determine if all of the nozzles in the print head are allowing ink to be printed on the paper. 

CreativeStudio: Changing the Face of Sublimation

Posted: 08/02/2016 13:24 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

It’s been nearly a year since Sawgrass debuted CreativeStudio as part of the Virtuoso HD Product Decorating system. In this short time, there is little doubt that this suite of design and color management software has made a huge impact in the world of sublimation.

Included as part of our fully integrated Virtuoso systems, CreativeStudio has greatly simplified the process of creating, processing and managing images specifically for sublimation production. In an industry where quality graphics and design are everything, this is a huge step forward for both new and existing product decorators.

Vloggers Mark Revs Up Production with CreativeStudio

Posted: 08/02/2016 13:10 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

When Leigh Haddington had to decorate 17 shirts - front and back - in one night, Sawgrass’ Virtuoso Desktop HD Product Decorating System made the job easy and painless.

“I was very impressed with the ease and quality of CreativeStudio Online Designer and my SG400 printer,” Haddington said. “Without any training, I managed achieve everything I needed to do in one night.”

CreativeStudio Corner: January Content Additions

Posted: 08/02/2016 12:15 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Check out what Sawgrass’s CreativeStudio team added to the library in January, as well as this month's featured video! 

Tech Tip: Keep Your Printer Powered On

Posted: 08/02/2016 12:05 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

If you own a Ricoh, Virtuoso or Sawgrass VJ 628 printer, it’s important to keep your printer powered on. This allows automatic maintenance utilities to run while your printer isn’t in use, and keeps your nozzles in good working order. This is especially important if you are not printing on a regular basis.

Success with Niche Markets

Posted: 06/01/2016 16:17 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

If you are like most new product decorators, you likely spend much of your time running from one customer to the next, accepting any order you can get. While this is not a bad approach when you’re just starting your business, it rarely leads to long-term growth. You need a more methodical strategy to develop a steady customer base that keeps money flowing through your doors.

CleverPrinting UK Finds Its Niche

Posted: 06/01/2016 16:06 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

When CleverPrinting UK started up three years ago, its goal was become a premier online marketplace showcasing branded mobile phone cases made abroad. They offered easy online ordering, fantastic prices, fast delivery and fresh new designs for a range of modern phones.

Video: Intro to CreativeStudio

Posted: 06/01/2016 15:51 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Learn about the basics of CreativeStudio and how it can help you easily create designs for your customers' products. Just a few clicks on any internet-connected device running Windows, Mac or Android OS and you'll be creating in no-time! 

Tech Tip: Did You Know Your Ink Has a Use By Date?

Posted: 06/01/2016 15:39 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

All Sawgrass inks are packaged with a Use By date. Printing with inks that are past the Use By date can result in challenges with color and the quality of your prints.

Tis The Season ... For Great Deals

Posted: 02/12/2014 15:45 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

December is typically one of the busiest months of the year for most decorators, which makes it difficult to focus on anything but production.  However, it’s also a month where a lot of sublimation suppliers are offering great deals on substrates and supplies.

Trends to Watch in 2015

Posted: 02/12/2014 15:29 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Keeping up with the latest trends is an important business task. It always pays to be on the leading edge of what's happening the world of sublimation rather than lagging behind and missing out on opportunities for sales. Here are some trends that you will want to cash in on in 2015.

Year-End Tax Essentials

Posted: 12/11/2014 12:29 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

It’s November again, and chances are that the last thing on your mind is taxes. After all, April 15th is a long way off and holiday production season is starting to pick up speed right now. 

Keeping taxes on the back burner can be a serious business mistake, as the last day for making strategic tax decisions for 2014 is only a few weeks away. December 31 rolls around pretty quickly, and considering that its New Year’s Eve, any decisions you make then will likely be too late.

What Lies Beneath - Digital Transfer Paper

Posted: 10/11/2014 15:56 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

This month, we’re taking a look at decorating using transfers. There is so much to say on this topic, that we have broken up the discussion into two articles. This first one explores the world of digital transfer applications, and the other delves into adhesive transfers. Digital transfer involves printing onto a sheet of transfer paper that is a temporary home for the ink. 

What Lies Beneath – Adhesive Transfer Paper

Posted: 10/11/2014 15:35 by Robin Kavanagh | with 0 comment(s)

Adhesive transfers are next in our discussion of decoration using heat transfer processes. Also called a surface transfer, this process involves physical materials that are permanently applied using adhesives. An image is printed onto transfer paper, which is then applied to the surface of a garment using a heat press. The heat and pressure activate the adhesive on the back of the paper, causing it to stick. Think of it as welding the transfer to the product.