The first step is to make your photo, artwork or logo digital by scanning. We can also use digital photos that are emailed to us or brought in to our studio.
The next step is to choose the item(s) that you would like an image transferred on to. Items include:
• Business card holders
• Ceramic tiles
• Cutting boards
• Fabric items (t-shirts, pillows, etc.)
• Jar openers
• Mouse pads
• Mugs (ceramic & steel)
Our transfer process offers complete customization. Possibilities include:
• A collage of images
• Text added on or around the image
• Your logo repeated all over the transfer area
Applying a photographic effect
We will layout your project on the computer according to the item chosen and the transfer area available. A proof will be emailed to you for approval. Once approved, the design is printed (usually as a mirror image) using a special printer equipped with high release paper and dye sublimation inks. The paper is trimmed to size and then applied to the item with adhesive spray. The item is placed in the heat press which is heated to 400 degrees. The item is pressed at the appropriate pressure for the appropriate time according to the type of photo gift item.
Once removed from the press the transfer paper is peeled off and the item is allowed to cool.
With this process the ink on the paper turns to a gas when it heats up to 400 degrees and then chemically binds to the surface of the item. The advantage of this method is that the image is very durable. It isn’t going to crack, fade, or peel.
Photo gifts have intrinsic value. You might think, “Who needs another mug?” But when it bears a family photo or artwork, it becomes the priceless mug of choice. Kids enjoy wearing a t-shirt that bears their own artwork. Parents prize a framed ceramic tile showing the kids when they were little. Grandma treasures a cutting board with her granddaughter’s one-of-a-kind painting. The wedding guests each receive a water bottle bearing a photo of the wedding couple. Aunt Sue appreciates the clock that features a photo from the last family reunion. These wonderful moments are captured forever and proudly displayed.