When preparing files for dye sublimation printing, it's very important to have the proper color settings. Many people will attempt to set them in different ways and the output can be undesirable. This guide will show you a step by step process on how to properly prepare your files for dye sublimation.
In Adobe Photoshop
Click Edit, go down to color settings or press Shift + Ctrl+ K
When in color settings windows select your settings as North America General Purpose 2 and then click OK.
Now to check that our settings are in place, let’s create a New File, A new document pop up window will open up.
On the new document let’s name this preset Dye Sublimation and save it for later use, Select your size and set your resolution to 150-300 dpi then make sure your color mode is set to RGB, click on advanced options and select : working rgb: sRGB-IEC61966-2.1 as your color profile and leave your pixel aspect ratio as Square Pixels and click create.
Remember to always keep your working color space set to RGB and preserve all the color settings that are embedded on images you receive.
CMYK color settings are only used when printing offset colors on offset printers
RGB color set are to be used with inkjet printers because the wider color gamut it has by default
In dye sublimation the process is able to create a broader range of printable colors than in offset or other printing processes.
The wide color gamut of the dye sublimation provides us a more vibrant and eye catching result with less effort. So to make your job easier in this, that's why we have created this color settings used in Photoshop for dye sublimation.