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WE MAKE IT BARE, YOU MAKE IT BRILLIANT
WHAT IS SUBLIMATION?
Sublimation is the term for when a substance changes from a solid form into a gas, without ever becoming a liquid. Dye subli-
mation is an easy way to transfer full color images using dye-based inks into polyester-based substrates like metal prints, wood
products, fabrics and more.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO GET STARTED?
Getting started in sublimation is easy. Here are the basic items you’ll need:
• Imaging software (such as Photoshop, CorelDraw)
• Inkjet printer for sublimation
• Heat tape to hold the paper/transfer to the product
• Flat heat press that will go up to 400° F
• Bare product, or substrate
Universal Woods, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of hard surface sublimatable goods manufactured in the USA
in Louisville, Kentucky. Universal Woods is the parent company of Unisub and ChromaLuxe, the leading brands of hard
surface bare products manufactured with the highest quality specialized coating for sublimation. Our bare products offer
you the ability to customize a variety of personalized products ranging from plaques to key chains and HD metal prints
using vibrant, full color graphics.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The process of sublimation is simple. For hard surface sublimation,
an image is printed with an inkjet sublimation printer on to transfer
paper using dye-based sublimation inks. The image will appear
reversed on the transfer paper so that it will be correctly displayed
when pressed. The transfer paper is then attached to a blank hard
substrate with a specially coated surface, and placed on to a flat
heat press. Heat and pressure from the heat press force the inks
to release from the paper into a gas form, while the coated surface
accepts the dyes. The result is an image that is permanently dye
infused into the surface of the hard substrate. Since the image is
now part of the coated surface of the product, it cannot be rubbed
or scratched off.
WHY SUBLIMATE NOW?
More options are being added every day in sublimation – from new printers, inks and presses to new substrates and
products. Adding sublimation to your business is more affordable than ever, and there are literally thousands of products
you can sublimate and sell, to hundreds of different markets.
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE?
You can use any image, photo, graphic or artwork and customize things like t-shirts, coasters, metal prints, key chains,
magnets, plaques, wall signage, jewelry inserts, and more.
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full color. 2Insert the special sublimation ink cartridg-
es into your printer. Print the image onto
sublimation transfer paper designed for
hard surface products. Tape the transfer
paper to your product with heat tape.
Contact any of our distributors to get everything you need to start or grow your sublimation business. Visit unisub.com
for a worldwide listing of approved Unisub and ChromaLuxe brand distributors.
3 Position your product on the heat press face
up and apply pressure for the appropriate
amount of time. Remove the transfer paper
from the surface. Enjoy the wow!
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Expand your business into new markets with the highest quality sublimated products. Sublimated products make great
custom gifts and can be sold into the following markets:
Visit the markets page on our website for details on how you can grow your business – www.unisub.com/markets.
MARKETS
• Free graphics
• Free templates
• Product shots
• Target market programs
Visit unisub.com for valuable resources and inspiration to help you get started and grow your business with
sublimation. On our website, you’ll find:
WEB SUPPORT/RESOURCES
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ALUMINUM
Used in: Ornaments, name tags, key chains, and more Finishes: Gloss White, Gloss Clear, Gloss Gold, Semi-Gloss White Thicknesses: 0.045” / 1,14 mm and 0.03” / 0,76 mm
FIBERGLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC (FRP)
Used in: Name badges, magnets, bag tags, and more Finish: Gloss White, Matte White Thickness: 0.09” / 2,29 mm
MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD (MDF)
Used in: Plaques, picture frames, and more Finishes: Gloss White, Semi-Gloss White Thicknesses: 0.625” / 15,8 mm and 0.5” / 12,7 mm
WHAT SUBSTRATES DOES UNISUB OFFER?
STEEL
Used in: Message boards Finish: Gloss White Thickness: 0.023” / 0,58 mm
TEMPERED HARDBOARD, BLACK BACK (THB)
Used in: Picture frames, signs of life, and more Finish: Gloss White Thickness: 0.25” / 6,35 mm
TEMPERED HARDBOARD, RAW BACK (THB)
Used in: Puzzles, coasters, serving trays, and more Finish: Gloss White Thickness: 0.125” / 3,18 mm
7Many more new products can be found at unisub.com/products/new
NEW PRODUCTS
BEZEL PENDANTS CUFF BRACELETS
NAUTICAL SHAPED KEY CHAINS & BAG TAGNATURAL WOOD BAG TAG & ORNAMENTS
COMING SOON
NATURAL WOOD, MDF WITH MAPLE VENEER FINISH
Used in: Picture frames Finish: Matte Clear Thickness: 0.625” / 15,88 mm
Unisub and ChromaLuxe are registered trademarks of Universal Woods, Inc. © 2016
To get started in sublimation, contact any of our authorized distributors
worldwide. Visit www.unisub.com for locations near you.