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Template or No Template? - Sublimation Printing

Template, No Template?
Having spent a lot of time reviewing, making, and posting templates, I have often been asked by our clients, “Template or No Template?".

I translate the question as, “Would it be easier to size the image and print? Or, search for the product template, download, place image, print, and in some cases cut and trim around the template border prior to sublimation?”

The answer is based on two questions.
How savvy are you in your Digital Imaging Software (ex: CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator)?
How good are you using the shape tools or sizing images in those application (ex: circles and squares and entering length and width values)? Placing an image in a box can be as simple as knowing what size the box needs to be.

For instance, a business card has a standard dimension of 2.0” by 3.5”. To place a ready made graphic with text in that area, can be as simple as knowing the size of that area. Then, add .125” for bleed (ex: 2.125” x 3.625”), and print.
No template needed!

There are occasions when templates are considered necessary to even the most advanced graphic designers. A lot of Conde products are not perfectly rounded or squared and a template is just easier for image placement. It can be used as a “key hole” for manipulating the exposed area for printing. It provides a “teaser” for how the finished product will look. For our clients who want to experiment with sizing images for sublimating without the use of templates, Conde Technicians have prepared instructional videos for some common questions. Visit for videos like:
“How to Size Images in Photoshop”, and “How to use Conde Templates”, etc...

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Conde by visiting Conde TV, Conde Facebook Page and Conde Twitter.

Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Conde DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

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