Photo Frames: that you can make at home

A photograph is an amazing thing–with one glance it can instantly transport you back to a single moment in time. Everyone loves to display their photos, so why not create a custom frame that will make your photos stand out? Maybe you want to create custom frames to sell, or to decorate your house, or as gifts for Mother’s Day.  Sublimation makes personalizing frames simple, so if you need a selection of frames, you are in luck! Pro World just expanded our selection of frames to give you more options to choose from.

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We carry:

rock slates:

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photo panels:

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glass photos:

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hinged pair photo:

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offset frames:

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decorative frames:

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Do you want to customize your own photo frames? Here’s what you need:

When it comes to sublimating it is simple. You start by:

Step 1 – Design your image or design.

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Step 2 – Mirror your image and send it to your sublimation printer.

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Step 3 – Turn on your heat press and set it to the proper temperature. To find the temperature look at the instructions on the product page.

Step 4 – Use your thermal tape to adhere your image to your sublimation product.

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Step 5 – Place a non-stick sheet or even a blank piece of paper on your heat press to catch any leaking.

Step 6 – Place your item on top and then cover it with a non-stick sheet.

Step 7 – Press your item for the time instructed on the product instructions.

Step 8 – Peel the paper off of the item. Make sure to read the instructions to see if your product is a cold or hot peel.

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Step 9: Admire your results.

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Personalized Baseball Ideas to Make This Spring

Knock your sales out of the park this spring with personalized baseball and softball products! We have an extensive list of supplies that allow for you to create anything you can imagine.

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From heat transfers, heat transfer vinyl, adhesive vinyl and even sublimation there is something for everyone. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few!

You can create batting helmet labels from adhesive vinyl, so that the team can tell each other apart.

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Let the fans show their love of the game with shirts made from HTV or heat transfers.

IMG_3229-e1461730984340Our baseball and softball heat transfers come in screen print, rhinestone and even studs!

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You can personalize team jerseys with heat transfer vinyl.

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You can even sublimate your own baseball awards!

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Bag Tags

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Photo From Finnegan and the Hughes!

Need more ideas? Try personalizing bat bags, bat racks, water bottles (with vinyl or sublimation).  Hats and visors are great to customize as well.

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Sublimate Mermaid Scales

Iridescent color changing mermaid scales are one of the hottest trends right now. From pillows to apparel to accessories, you can buy mermaid scales on just about everything. But did you now that you can sublimate the white ones? It’s true! So now when you run your hand over the mermaid scales and watch their color change before your eyes, you will also find a sublimated message. Want to make one for yourself? It’s easy!

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You Need:

To customize your mermaid scale you:

1 – Open your design software. We used Creative Studio.

2- Choose a Blank Template and design your piece!

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3- Print.

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4 – Cut your paper down to size and tape it to your accessory so that it does not slide. Press it at 400 degrees, and hold for about a minute. Peel hot.

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5- Admire your work!

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Learn how to sublimate a photo gift

sublimated photoSublimation makes personalized gift giving easier than ever. It is a simple process that allows you to give a professional quality gift with your own design. We offer a number of items on our website that you can sublimate on for gift giving including rock slatesphoto frames, magnets, mousepads, mugs, coasters, jewelry, keychains, photo panels, cell phone cases, and even puzzles!

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Wat to create your own photo gift? Here’s what you need:

When it comes to sublimating it is simple. You start by:

  1. Designing your image or design.
  2. Mirror your image and send it to your sublimation printer.
  3. Turn on your heat press and set it to the proper temperature.
  4. Use your thermal tape to adhere your image to your sublimation product.
  5. Place a non-stick sheet or even a blank piece of paper on your heat press to catch any leaking.
  6. Place your item on top and then cover it with a non-stick sheet.
  7. Press your item per the instructions.
  8. Peel the item per the instructions.

If you want to see sublimation in action check out a couple of our Facebook Live videos. You can see us sublimate onto mousepads. 
Or even phone case panels

Have you sublimated any photo gifts recently? Share your creations with us on Instagram or Facebook.

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Last Minute Gift: Sublimated Ornaments

I always like to make a few handmade Christmas ornaments each year. Some for me, and some for friends since they are a nice personalized gift to give, especially when you use sublimation. They are quick to make and don’t require a lot of materials, and since you can sublimate photographs it will leave a lasting impression for years to come.

Want to make your own? See below!

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You Need:
1. Design your ornament with your sublimation software.
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2. Print it out.
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3. Warm your heat press to 400 degrees.
4. Tape your paper to the ornament.
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4. Place your ornament down with the paper on top and your Teflon sheet on top of that. Keep it pressed for 60 seconds.
5. Lift off the paper.
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6. Hang it on your tree.
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Show us your last minute, homemade gifts on Instagram! Tag us at Proworldinc.
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HTV vs Sublimation – What’s the difference?

When it comes to creating custom products, there are a number of different ways to do it. So how do you know which is right for you, your specific project, and your business overall? We’re going to help break it down for you. As you’ve seen from our Friday Facebook Live videos we love to create things and two of the main ways we make our designs is with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and sublimation.

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With HTV you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. It is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, and you can use it alone or layer it for a more dimensional look.

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Sublimation is a great way to add a premium full-color, photographic quality image to your project, especially since it will not crack, peel, or wash away. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F with a heat press, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white or light colored polyester fabrics, or items with a polymer coating.

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HTV gives you more options when it comes to garments as it works on any color, unlike sublimation which can only be done on white or light colored fabrics. But if you are personalizing phone cases, mugs, frames, etc., sublimation is a more simplified process that gives you more options.

And while HTV and sublimation are each great in different ways and for different projects, they can also be used together. Want to sublimate on a dark colored garment? Create a design using HTV and then sublimate on top of it. Talk about one of a kind!

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For more tips check out our Facebook Live videos.

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Sublimation- What Is It And How Can You Use It To Grow Your Business?

Sublimation printing allows you to create customized full-color products on demand. Using it will allow you to grow your inventory while also offering customers completely personalized, one-of-a-kind products on the spot.

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Sublimation is a process that only works when using sublimation paper, sublimation ink, and a sublimation printer. You also will need a heat source like a heat press (for flat objects) or a 3D vacuum heat press which works like an oven, for objects that will not work under a heat press. When sublimation inks are heated to 400°F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to 100% white/light color polyester fabric or items with a polymer coating. The result is a premium, full-color, photographic-quality image that will not crack, peel, or wash away from the substrate. With sublimation, you can print on clothing, mugs, phone cases, frames, tags, license platespuzzles, and more.

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When printing on garments, the heat from the press causes the pores of the polyester to open up, the sublimation ink turns into a gas and then embeds itself into the garment. Once cooled, the pores close up. Because of this process, the final product is nearly permanent, extremely vibrant, and leaves no texture when rubbing your hand over the garment. You can sublimate on poly-blends, but keep in mind that the ink will only dye the polyester fibers, leaving a distressed look.

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If your primary offering is garments, adding sublimation allows you to offer products like mugs, coasters, custom phone cases, photo panels, bezel pendants, license plates, and much more. Make sure that the product you are customizing is poly-coated, by purchasing blanks made specifically for sublimation. Different products will have varying applications, so be sure to read the instructions for the item you are pressing before you dive in. We also have a growing inventory of instructional videos and Facebook Live videos that you can access for tips anytime.

Sublimation is a very easy process, but like anything else, you may make mistakes while you’re learning. Plan for them ahead of time, instead of letting it hinder you. Learn from your mistakes and watch your business grow. Check out some of the starter packages that we offer to jump-start your new business! Sublimation starter package, mug starter kit,  Expanded sublimation starter package, Super starter package.

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Would you like to create a t shirt business? See how here:

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Want to see how you can print on phone cases? Watch a recorded Facebook Live.

Here we show you how to decorate a latte mug.

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White Glitter HTV And How To Sublimate On It

Sublimation is a great technique that allows you to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white/light colored fabrics or items that have a polymer coating. The transferred images are full-color, photographic-quality that will not crack, peel, or wash away. Typically, you cannot sublimate directly onto a dark colored garment.

But if you use a white glitter heat transfer vinyl as a base for the sublimated image it gives you the ability to create your designs on more than just light colored surfaces. It also opens the door for using more detailed images and designs without having to weed the vinyl.

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Would you like to try sublimating on white glitter vinyl? Here’s how:
1. Gather your materials and your tools.
2. Print your top image with your sublimation printer.
3. Preheat your heat press to 320*.
4. Design the image or quote for your vinyl. Once you have it set, be sure to mirror the image before you print.
5. Print and weed your vinyl.
6. Once your heat press reaches the desired temperature, place your garment on the heat press, and then place your design, vinyl side down, where you want it. Place your non stick sheet on top of the vinyl and press for 15 seconds, making sure the pressure is adjusted properly.
7. Once it’s done, open up your heat press, remove the non stick sheet and peel off the vinyl backing. Then adjust the heat setting to 400* for sublimation.
8. Once your heat press reaches 400* place your printed image face down over the vinyl, cover it with the non stick sheet, and then press for 60 seconds.
9. Once it beeps, lift the press, remove the non stick sheet, peel the paper off, and admire your work!

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For more details and to see step by step how we sublimated on the white glitter vinyl, check out our Facebook live post. 

Be sure to join us every Friday at 12:15pm ET on our Facebook page for a live tutorial. We have some ideas for the coming weeks, but we would love to know what you want to see. Do you have a project in mind, but you’re not sure how to complete it? Let us know and maybe you’ll see it on a future Facebook live.

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3 Ways to Decorate a Mug!

One way to take your crafting business to another level is to add mugs to your offerings. They’re a fun way to express your personality, they make wonderful gifts, and you can never have too many! There are three ways to decorate mugs- adhesive vinyl, heat transfer vinyl and sublimation. Today we are going to explain the process for each as well as show you how we did it via video! 

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1) To make a mug with HTV we recommend setting your heat press at 360* at 30 seconds. You will want to set the pressure to heavy when applying HTV. Now that your heat press is warming up, use your software to create your design. Then make sure to mirror it before printing. After you print, weed your design. Then place your design, sticky side down, on your mug. Place the mug in the mug press and let it work its magic. When it’s done, it will be hot, so use caution and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it cools a bit, peel the backing off and you’re done!

2) When using adhesive vinyl for mugs, design your image and cut it exactly as you want it to look on the mug. This means that you DO NOT need to mirror your design. Just design, cut and weed it. Then, cut your transfer paper to the size of your image, place it sticky side up on your work surface and place your image face down on top of it. Then, peel the back of the design off and you’re ready to adhere the design to the mug. Place the design where you want it and use your squeegee to adhere it. Once adhered, peel the transfer paper off and you’re done!

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3) To make a mug using sublimation you’ll want to adjust your heat, time and pressure settings. We recommend 400 and 4 minutes. Print your design using your sublimation printer and cut it a bit larger than your mug. Place the paper on the mug and tape it in place. Once your image is secure, place the mug in the mug press, making sure it’s lined up properly, and secure it. Once it’s done, using gloves, remove the mug and dip it into warm water to stop the sublimation process. Do not use cold water as it will cause the mug to crack. After you’ve dipped the mug, allow it to cool a bit longer, and you’re done!

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While we love using vinyl on our mugs, be sure to let your customers know not to put them in the microwave or dishwasher. For long term use and selling purposes, sublimation may be a better method. For more details on mug making, check out our Facebook Live, 

Have you made mugs using any of these methods? Share your experiences and designs in the comments!

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Learn How To Decorate A Rock Slate

If you’re looking for a unique gift that can be enjoyed and displayed all year long, we have the perfect idea for you. By sublimating a photo onto rock slate you are giving a one of a kind, custom gift. I’m sure there are a number of people in your life that would love one, including you!

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You Need:

1.  Start by opening Creative Studio, which is located on the Sawgrass website
2. Select your product category – Photo Stone Slates.
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3. Select your product.
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4. Select product color and size, then click start!
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5. To add a photo, click the image button, upload your photo, and resize it to fit the rock slate.
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6. Click “print.
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7. Now that you’ve printed your image it is time to assemble!
8. Cut your image so that it fits your rock slate shape and tape it into place.
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9. Set temperature of your heat press to 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
10. Set the heat press timer to 300-400 seconds depending on the rock slate size. The larger the rock slate, the more time you’ll need for the image to set.
11. Set the heat presses pressure at medium-heavy, but use caution as the rock slate can crack with too much pressure.
12. Place the substrate face down on the transfer paper and tape the paper to the substrate using transfer release tape.
13. Then place the substrate face up on the heat press.
14. Cover the substrate with a piece of fabric (cut t-shirt) to protect the coating of the rock slate.
15. Then cover the fabric with a silicon pad.
16. Press at 415 degrees F for 300-400 seconds with medium-heavy pressure.
17. Remove the rock slate immediately from press once finished and peel hot. Use caution as rock slate will be very hot.
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18. Admire your work!
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