Post Production Jobs
For jobs with Post Production In Photography your dealing with the rendering of photographs using an editing software package as part of the first stage. The second phase will be the use of two main types of printers. And thirdly, we will look at the use of various presses for doing the process of sublimation. All three of these jobs you can do as a single entity, combination or all three by a single company.
The year that I spent working in post production with photographs was with a business that combined everything mentioned here and more. The extras were embroidery of hats and clothing lines as well as graphic designing, cutting and applying vehicle lettering. But for the sake of this site we will stick with the first three mentioned in the first paragraph.
Image Photo Editor
When it comes to software editing, it all depends on what your planning on doing. One must think of what their finished product is going to be and whether or not you or somebody else will be creating it. For instance, if you’re deciding to create a mug, let’s say for one of your parents or friends, the first thing you need to know is, does it require one or more pictures. The reason for this is the average coffee mug uses sublimation with an image that is 3 1/2 inches high by 7 1/2 inches wide. That means your image from a single photo will need to be cropped to fit as shown in the picture below.
You can also add two or more photographs to create something entirely different. For instance, take a look at the combinations in this image below.
Just from those two images you can certainly see that a good editing software would come in handy. These concepts can also apply to all other types of post production work. But remember, this is dealing with highly customized finished products. You can also skip the photo editing and simply have your picture or pictures resized to fit. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making your photos work by resizing them as shown in this next image.
Dye Sublimation Printers
At the beginning of the page, I had mentioned two types of printers. One type of printer larger in size will be set up to create Custom Canvas Prints and the second type usually a smaller printer will be used for creating the mug with inks for Dye Sublimation. Both types of printers you’ll see below. The one key difference between the two print jobs is all sublimation print jobs need to be inverted or mirrored. This process is done so once you’ve finished with your transformation; you can read any text or see your image the same as the original.
Sublimation Heat Press
There are many types and variations of heat presses. At this point, I will just deal with the one to create a single sublimation mug. These presses are designed to clamp around the body of the mug leaving the handles exposed to transfer the appropriate amount of heat over a set time. In the image to follow you will see two simple variations of a mug press that smaller businesses could use.
So there you have it. A simple start to finish, each of the Post Production Jobs that pertains to creating a mug or any product using dye sublimation.
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