So I Bought a Sublimation Printer

 watercolor logo design. PaperGirl Co.

I wanted to start creating my own coffee mugs for the business. I love coffee and collect mugs, so why not add them into my line of products. I looked into vinyl, but didn't like the limited shelf life or the fact that they must be hand washed only. Sublimation seemed the way to go.

If you are going to perform sublimation, you need to use sublimation ink (Not your standard inkjet ink). I print often, so I didn't want to have to constantly change out printer cartridges and decided buying a new printed will be best. So, I purchased a Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 printer for my sublimation needs.

Everything seemed to be working great, until I wanted to print. This printer comes with an online design space and automatically sets up the printer color schemes. I however, didn't want to use this platform. I wanted to print straight from photoshop. The manual said it could be done, but the instructions were not clear. Surprise, surprise. Every time I tried printing from photoshop, my images were in sepia tones. 

Frustration was setting in, but I knew I could sleuth out a solution...and I did! I found a configuration guide with lengthy, but effective instructions for setup.

Here is the link to the Configuration Guide. The only change I made from this guide was to use the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile instead of Adobe RGB (1998).

 adventure awaits coffee mug

After following the instructions, I have had no problems whatsoever. The printer works great, the ink doesn't get used up fast, and my mugs look fantastic.

Now, if anyone knows how to get my logo on the bottom of the mugs, I am all ears. Can't seem to find a solution, even though there has to be one out there.

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