Operation Sublimation for Wide Format Graphics (Fairfax, VA)

March 10 to 11, 2020
10015 Main Street, Fairfax, VA, United States

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$449 non-members, $336.75 members

Who Should Attend

Managers, pre-press and production


Ray Weiss
  • Main: 703-359-1305




Registration Deadline

Mar 9, 2020, 18:00 PM

In this workshop for the Wide-Format Graphics community, you will learn about dye sublimation ink technologies, what makes a great paper, how to reduce ink usage, basic color management for dye sublimation, fabrics, flatbed and rotary heat presses, and more.

This workshop will be located at SGIA, 10015 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031*.

*Minimum class size requirements must be met three weeks prior to Workshop start date in order to hold Workshop. All Workshops are taught in English.

Whether you are starting up a business, or a business needing to understand the process better, learn from industry experts about one of the industry's growing segments for banners, soft signage, and interior applications. Our hands-on training saves businesses money in start-up and production costs and helps to avoid costly mistakes.

This Mission is a must for:

  • Anyone looking to learn more about dye sublimation printing
  • Companies struggling with dye sublimation color control
  • Those looking for better profiles (less ink, more color)
  • Printers who need dye sublimation specifics about materials, inks and processes for your business model that raise profitability.

Make wide-format sublimation work for you with SGIA’s exclusive Operation Sublimation. 

“The Dye sub class I attended in 2017 was very helpful. The knowledge the instructors brought to the plate was thorough, what was learned has been applied and has helped tremendously. Thank you for putting on such great workshops and instructional courses.”
Rudy Comparan, AAA Flag & Banner 

Receive hands-on training about:

  • Dye sublimation ink technologies
  • What makes a great paper
  • RIP software for dye sublimation -- reduce ink usage and hit those spot (or brand colors)
  • Color management for dye sublimation
  • Transfer vs. Direct Print
  • Fabric dos and don'ts
  • Flatbed and rotary heat presses

What will you learn

  • Systems and equipment
  • Products and substrates
  • Troubleshooting tips and techniques
  • Instruction for device calibration and media profiling
  • How-to RIP workflow with barbieri and X-rite devices

The focused, small-class setting allows you to dive into wide-format dye sublimation. Learn from the industry's top experts and walk away with confidence and skill. Register now — space is limited.

SGIA may on occasion take photographs and/or video of its program participants for use in print materials or by electronic methods. Your entry into SGIA facilities, participation in SGIA programs or participation in SGIA events grants permission for SGIA to use these photographs and/or video in its marketing and public relations efforts.



Ralph Terramagra
North East Sales and Business Development
Fisher Textiles


Ray Weiss
Director of Digital Print Programs

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Day 1

9:00 am – Introductions

  • Workshop Policies and Housekeeping
  • The Binder
  • Schedule of Events
  • Participant Introduction
  • Speaker Introduction

9:30 am - Dye Sublimation Inks

  • Fundamentals
  • Design
  • Recent Advances
  • FAQ

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Dye Sublimation Papers

  • Types
  • What makes a great paper?
  • Paper weights
  • Film vs. paper
  • Tack or Not to Tack

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Fabrics for Dye Sublimation

  • Types
  • What, Where and Why
  • Pre-treats/Post-treats
  • Finishing
  • Weights

2:15 pm - Break

2:30 pm – Printer Overview

  • Printer care and maintenance
  • Hands-on exercise, send file to print in prep for heat press overview

3:30 pm – Break

3:45 pm – Heat Press Overview

  • Heat press overview - flat vs. roll
  • What makes a good heat press
  • Tips and Tricks for better outcomes
  • Hands-on exercise, press fabric with prints from printer overview

Day 2

9:00 am – Dye Sub Workflow overview

10:00 am – Break

10:15 am - Dye Sub Color Management: Lecture & Hands-On

RIP Workflow

  • RIP Input and Output settings
  • Spot Color table use
  • Color management Hardware
  • Printer Linearization
  • Ink Limiting
  • Creating a Printer Profile
  • The heat press role in dye sub
  • Color management settings for design programs

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Printing and Transfer Color Management: Hands-On

2:30 pm – Break

2:45 pm - Printing and Transfer-Lab Time: Hands-On

  • Pattern creation
  • Test printing in the Lab area

3:45 am – Lecture and Hands on: Spot Colors

  • Spot Color Lecture
  • Spot Color Replacement Hands On
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 Air Travel Plans

If you are traveling by air, plan to arrive the day before the workshop begins. We recommend you do not schedule a flight departure before 6:00 pm on the last day of the class.

Fairfax, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, D.C. and is served by three major airports. It is strongly recommended that you book flights through Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located approximately 15 miles from Fairfax. A second option is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located approximately 18 miles from Fairfax. The third option is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), which is approximately 50 miles from Fairfax.


Hampton Inn Fairfax City (free hot breakfast)
10860 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 385.2600
2 miles from SGIA (about 10 minutes without too much traffic)

Residence Inn Fairfax city
3565 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Holiday Inn Express
Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Courtyard by Marriott Fair Oaks
11220 Lee Jackwon Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.6 miles from SGIA (8 mins)

Comfort Inn University Center
11180 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.8 miles from SGIA (9 mins)

SpringHill Suite Fairfax Fair Oaks
11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
3.4 miles from SGIA (10 mins)

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22033
6.1 miles from SGIA (13 mins)

Best Western Fairfax
3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
6.2 miles from SGIA (14 mins)

Hyatt Regency Fairfax (Corporate Rate of $130 per night)
12777 Fairlakes Circle, Fairfax, VA 22033
(402) 593-5091 (Code CR66155)
6.4 miles from SGIA (19 minutes without too much traffic)

Please Note: Transportation to/from SGIA is not provided. 
Rental cars are available at all airport locations listed above as well as ride share options