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DyeSubCast

By ColorCasters
The DyeSubCast is simply the best place to get information about dye sublimation printing. We’ll be talking with equipment manufacturers, consumables manufacturers, dye sublimation producers, and we’ll also share our own experiences from running a dye sublimation business. It doesn’t matter if your new to dye sublimation or a seasoned professional with decades of experience, we’re certain there will be something here for you.
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DyeSubCast Episode 45: Shoshana Burgett
On today's episode we talk to Shoshana Burgett, the founder of Colorkarma and Pink Elephant Productions. Shoshana has a background similar to ours with color management and building color profiles. She is going to be a panelist at the upcoming Digital Textile Printing Conference due to her wide array of know-how within the industry.  Click here for the "Luscious" video that was referenced during the Podcast Click here to learn more about SpeckCheck Mobile
23:19
November 19, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 44: Vegas Trade Shows
After missing a week and some change, we're back with a podcast about the trade shows that we attended in Las Vegas that caused us to miss a week. You can learn more about SpeckCheck Mobile by clicking here!
15:04
November 16, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 43: Ray Weiss 2
Jim and Shelby speak to Ray Weiss from Printing United Alliance (PrUA). Ray was on one of our previous episodes, but today he is back because there is an upcoming Digital Textile Printing Conference that we wanted to hear from him about.  You can learn more about the conference by clicking here.  You can learn more about SpeckCheck at ColorCasters.com/SpeckCheck
30:08
October 29, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 42: Visiting Just Vision It
Jim and Shelby recount their recent visit to a large scale custom dye sublimation producer. They share what they learned within the dye sublimation space as well as business advice to go along with it.  Click here to learn more about SpeckCheck!
21:24
October 22, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 41: Bitcoin in the Print Industry!
If you're a fan of Bitcoin then this is the episode for you. Jim and Shelby talk about how cryptocurrency, Bitcoin in particular, are impacting many industries as a form of payment. They also share Shelby's journey to becoming a believer in Bitcoin and plans to incorporate Bitcoin into their business in the near future. The article referenced in this podcast: https://graphics-pro.com/news/out-the-bleau-now-accepting-cryptocurrency-payment-methods/ Click here to learn more about SpeckCheck!
26:57
October 15, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 40: Creating Test Prints
Jim and Shelby discuss the thought that goes into creating a test image in order to match colors and the thought process that goes into selecting the right image for the job.  The link that Shelby mentions is a great resource and can be found here: https://www.wideformatimpressions.com/post/using-a-custom-test-print-to-evaluate-color-quality/ To learn more about SpeckCheck, go to colorcasters.com/SpeckCheck
18:24
October 8, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 39: Gabriel Conti
Today's guest, Gabriel Conti, is the United States director of NUtec Digital Ink: a dye sublimation ink manufacturer located in Miami. Gabriel has been in the dye sub business pretty much since the beginning and has watched the industry shape and evolve over time. She shares his story about how he got started in dye sub and then provides his seemingly endless knowledge on how dye sublimation inks work in different conditions.  Go to colorcasters.com/speckcheck to learn more about the new SpeckCheck Mobile app!
48:13
October 1, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 38: Social Media Marketing
Today's episode is a shorter feature about using social media to create opportunities for your dye sublimation business based on our own personal success doing so. 
14:25
September 25, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 37: John Whitt
On today's DyeSubCast, we speak to John Whitt. John is the Chief Operating Officer at Just Vision It, a large-scale dye sublimation company located near Kansas City, MO. John shares his unorthodox method to building his business that has allowed him to continually scale up operations to the point where Just Vision It is now capable of massive production volume and has won multiple awards for their printing and designs. He sells his business model so effectively that Shelby signs up during the podcast. We also touch on the best BBQ in Kansas City, so if you're in the area you can take John Witt's advice. 
44:42
September 17, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 36: Bill Pope
Today's episode is actually an interview that we did with Bill Pope for a video series we have been doing with WhatTheyThink called Print Geeks. It is less focused on dye sublimation in particular and more the print industry as a whole. Bill is the Vice President of Technical Services at Printing United Alliance, and also an old friend of ours. We spend a lot of time discussing the importance of print and why less people seem to be entering the print industry, at least at the start of their careers. Near the end of the episode, Bill shares a personal anecdote about a lack of color consistency in a card game. The image for this episode shows the cards that he is referencing.  You can see more of Print Geeks by WhatTheyThink here: https://whattheythink.com/print-geeks/
21:35
September 10, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 35: Joshua Carruth
Today, Joshua Carruth from Decorated Apparel at Printing United Alliance joins us to discuss the advantages of using dye sublimation in the apparel space, and in the printing industry at large. 
25:22
September 3, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 34: Victoria Harris
Today we sit down with Victoria Harris, the Senior Textile Segment Specialist at Mimaki. With Victoria we are able to discuss how dye sublimation and fabric have both changed over time and how technology has changed with them. Then we talk about Mimaki's hardware and software solutions related to dye sublimation as well as acid and reactive printers. 
26:47
August 27, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 33: Ford Bowers
Today we talk to Ford Bowers, the CEO of Printing United Alliance. Ford had a lot of experience managing printing departments before getting involved with Printing United Alliance and provides us with a lot of invaluable top-level knowledge about the printing industry as a whole.  To learn more about our upcoming PrUA Color Management Boot Camp go to: https://colorcasters.com/texas
39:46
August 20, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 32: Jim Raffel
Today's episode is a short solo feature with Jim explaining the concept of "messy success". Sometimes your success won't look how you think it should, but that's okay. 
10:17
August 13, 2021
DyeSubCast Eipsode 31: Viktor Lazzeri
In this episode Jim speaks to Viktor Lazzeri. Viktor has over 10 years of experience at Barbieri, an industry leader in color measurement data. The majority of this episode deals with the importance of good measurements leading to good profiles leading to quality prints. This all relates to dye sublimation because profiles are paramount achieving quality prints. To learn more about our upcoming Color Management Boot Camp, go to https://colorcasters.com/miami
30:42
August 6, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 30: Behind the Curtain
Today, our planned guest had a scheduling conflict, so we spoke to the third ColorCasters employee and editor of the podcast, Jacob. He has experience with dye sublimation, building color profiles, and a little bit of design.  If you want to learn about building profiles just like Jacob did, you can sign up for a Color Management Boot Camp here before all the slots are full: https://colorcasters.com/miami
22:18
July 30, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 29
In this episode, we offer some advice to our listeners based on our personal experience with giving out free swag to promote our business, and some do's and don'ts that go along with this practice.  This is the picture of the pink bag (plus some other swag) that Jim referenced in this episode:  https://twitter.com/raffel/status/1417877568561180677 You can learn more about our upcoming Color Management Boot Camp at https://colorcasters.com/miami
21:04
July 23, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 28: Dave Krawczuk
Today, Shelby talked to Dave Krawczuk of Lob.com. Dave is the Senior Director of Supply Operations as well as an active Twitter conversationalist. He has a good deal of experience working with web to print, specifically automating that process. Dave is able to provide conceptual advice about the tools that become available as an industry evolves, as well as directly applicable advice with storefront and customization solutions that are becoming available.  You can catch up with Dave on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/davekrawczuk And if you're interested in a Color Management Boot Camp, you can learn more at https://colorcasters.com/miami
36:40
July 16, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 27: Nick Buettner
Today we talked with Nick Buettner. He is an old friend that we met through Printing United Alliance and has worked with dye sublimation and heat transfer paper since his childhood. Nick shares what he has learned about what to look for when buying both heat presses and paper, as well as the importance of using a rich black when printing. Nick also gives us some helpful advice about our own dye sublimation lab setup that we hope our listeners can apply as well.  If you would like to get in touch with Nick, you can email him at nick@goisw.com And if you would like to learn more about the upcoming Color Management Boot Camp in Miami go to: https://colorcasters.com/miami
43:09
July 9, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 26: Kathryn Sanders
On today's episode, we talk to Kathryn Sanders. Kathryn is a third generation textile printer and will be launching a digital textile printing studio with her husband in August. We discuss a wide range of dye sublimation topics with her focused primarily on textiles, but with a lot of nuggets of information that can be applied to any substrate. Kathryn lends advice to newcomers to the industry that dye sub is a growing field that can accommodate new people with new ideas. We also discuss the inevitability that you will run into issues that will require troubleshooting and experimentation, but you learn a lot along the way. Kathryn also mentions the importance of profiles and bringing in color management professionals for specialized work, which we were very happy to hear and of course agree with. To learn more about our upcoming in-person Color Management Boot Camp in Florida, go to: https://colorcasters.com/miami To follow Kathryn's new studio in preparation for their August launch, check their Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/westernsensibility/
28:49
July 5, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 25: The Future of the DyeSubCast
In this episode, Jim and Shelby take a look back at how things have gone so far with the podcast, as well as looking forward to where it may go in the future. There are also some bits of dye sublimation advice sprinkled in there, too. 
21:44
June 25, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 24: Mark Geeves
Today's guest, Mark Geeves, has extensive experience in the areas of color measurement equipment, color management software, and RIP software. His company Color Logic recently created a plugin for Adobe called Touch7 that has some interesting applications for extended gamut dye sublimation printing including with fluorescent colors. You can learn more about Mark and Color Logic here:  https://color-logic.com/contactus/bios/
45:19
June 18, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 23: Eric Weishaar
Today's guest is Eric Weishaar, owner of Breckenridge Landscaping. Although Eric isn't in the print industry, he provides some incredible advice on starting a business, growing a business, and reaching a customer base as the market evolves. He was also one of our first customers when we started producing face coverings in 2020 and is able to give information from the consumer side of business to business sales.  If you want to see some of the beautiful work that Breckenridge Landscaping has done, you can find images on his website and twitter: https://twitter.com/brecklandscape http://www.breckenridgelandscape.com/en-us/default.aspx
49:39
June 11, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 22: Shellie Hall
Shellie, not to be confused with Shelby, is a Customer Success Manager at Adobe that Jim and Shelby have known for quite a long time. Shellie has also been dabbling in dye sublimation on the side, which she shares the story of at the start of the podcast. Outside of Shellie's own personal experiences, she shares some tips about Adobe as well as information about Adobe Stock and Adobe's evolving machine learning, Adobe Sensei. If you are interested in Adobe Stock after Shellie and Shelby's conversation about it, you can learn more here: https://stock.adobe.com/
42:03
June 4, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 21: Curtis Silver
In a change of pace, today's guest has very little dye sublimation knowledge. In fact, he needed to have it defined by Shelby during the podcast. However, Curtis Silver is a data analyst and a successful artist. He is able to provide a unique perspective by combining his knowledge of business practices and artistic abilities with an outsider perspective on dye sublimation.  You can learn more and communicate with Curtis at: https://twitter.com/cebsilver
39:41
May 28, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 20: Michael Maxwell
The guest on this episode is Michael Maxwell, Senior Manager at Mimaki USA. Due to his experience working for such an established name in the industry, Michael is able to dig into the intricacies of dye sublimation inks, printers, and papers. Shelby and Michael also get into the topic of graphic design on textile products. You can learn more about Mimaki and what they do on their website: https://www.mimakiusa.com/
50:27
May 21, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 19: Dave Conrad
Today, Jim and Shelby sit down with Dave Conrad of Hewlett Packard (HP). Dave is the Partner Business Manager at HP and discusses HP's first entry into the dye sublimation space with the HP STITCH series of printers. Despite how that may read, this is not an advertisement for HP's new printers. Dave is able to provide a lot of insight into what made a large and established company see an opportunity in the growing dye sublimation industry.  You can email Dave or look into HP's printers below: dave.conrad@hp.com https://www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/stitch-textile-printers/overview.html
28:25
May 14, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 18: Skylar Bennett and Kevin Shoemaker
Jim and Shelby interview Skylar Bennett and Kevin Shoemaker of Tough Apparel. They go through the story of how they launched Tough Apparel, and then the challenges they faced as they grew it to a successful business. This episode teaches some valuable lessons on what it takes to create a successful dye sublimation business, and that you don't need to be a huge operation for your business to succeed.  You can learn more about Skyler and Kevin on their webiste: https://toughapparel.com/ There's a 10% off coupon code somewhere in the episode!
35:40
May 7, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 17: Tobias Sternbeck
Our guest today is the CEO of Beaver Paper, Tobias Sternbeck. Tobias shares the process of selecting the correct paper, and then dives into the technology behind manufacturing transfer paper. Jim, Shelby, and Tobias discuss paper weight, paper coatings, and the challenges of managing your color with so many different types of media.  More information about Tobias's company, Beaver Paper Group, can be found here: https://www.beaverpaper.com/
35:13
April 30, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 16: Pam Richards
For this episode Jim and Shelby talk to Pam Richards, the owner of Color Gamut Digital Imaging. Pam has over 30 years of experience in the print industry and 15 years running her company. During the podcast, Pam goes over some of her experiences before having an insightful discussion about women in the print industry. Then towards the end, Pam turns things around on Jim and Shelby by grilling them about their consulting work and challenges that they've encountered. If you want to learn more about Pam's business, you can check their website here: https://www.cgdilv.com/
40:08
April 23, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 15: Matt Haseman
This week's conversation is with Matt Haseman, the Director of Facilities for Olympus Group and owner of his own service & support company, Transfer Tech. With Matt's service experience, he is able to provide a different point of view on heat presses in addition to his knowledge about equipment service and his preferred maintenance software.  If you would like to get in touch with Matt, you can email him at matt@transfer-tech.com or visit http://transfer-tech.com/
31:59
April 16, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 14: Ken Bach
Jim and Shelby speak with Ken Bach, the business development director at a fabric dye sublimation company called Aberdeen Fabrics. Given Ken's job, he has extensive experience with dye sublimation and shares some insight that has not been covered on this podcast yet, such as the differences between sublimation inks. Ken's experience leads the conversation to fabric sublimation often, but he still has knowledge about other substrates and discusses some others like metal and carpeting. Lastly, Ken provides useful advice for any dye sub startup that wants to scale their business in the future. Aberdeen Fabrics doesn't have much of an online presence, but if you have questions about dye sublimation Ken has provided his email address to help our listeners. kbach@aberdeenfabrics.com
38:26
April 9, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 13: A Retrospective
Jim and Shelby reflect on the first 12 episodes of their new podcast and share some personal anecdotes along the way. There is no guest in this episode, so unfortunately you will be doomed to hearing only Jim and Shelby's voices over 30 minutes. If you don't already know, you can find Jim & Shelby on: https://twitter.com/raffel https://twitter.com/shelwaze https://colorcasters.com/ https://whatnessww.com/
39:43
April 2, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 12: 2 Regular Guys
In this crossover episode, Jim and Shelby are joined by Aaron Montgomery and Terry Combs of the 2 Regular Guys podcast. They are both seasoned professionals in the textile decorating industry. Aaron currently runs an online success group, but he used to teach screen printing training classes. Terry also worked in screen printing and still does teach screen printing classes of his own, but his primary job is selling equipment so he is familiar with a lot of the dye sublimation hardware. Terry and Aaron supply a wealth of knowledge and advice for startups or small businesses to be successful as well as providing their own takes on the ever-present topic of trade shows. For more from The 2 Regular Guys, you can listen to their podcast on your preferred platform, or check their website: https://www.2regularguys.com/
55:31
March 26, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 11: Sandy Hubbard
Jim and Shelby speak with Sandy Hubbard, a marketing consultant within the print industry. Sandy has 40 years of reporting on and consulting to printing companies and vendors across the spectrum, including wide format, screen printing, packaging, specialty printing and finishing. They talk about the right strategies to take with your products as well as all of their experiences with trade shows and the desire to get back to them. Sandy is also very active in the twitter community of #printchat, so there is discussion about her experience there, too. You can find Sandy on Twitter and LinkedIn https://twitter.com/sandyhubbard http://www.linkedin.com/in/sandyhubbardpublisher
53:13
March 19, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 10: Brian Adam
Today's guest is Brian Adam, the President of Olympus Group. Olympus Group produces a lot of unique wide format printing solutions and are very active in trade shows within the industry. The discussion today revolves around those trade shows as well as how Olympus Group navigated the challenges that came with the pandemic.  You can learn more about Olympus Group at https://www.olympusgrp.com
33:17
March 12, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 9: Michael Josefowicz
Michael Josefowicz was a 73-year-old retired printer who was very active on Twitter and within the printing community. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly in January of 2021. Michael was incredibly kind, intelligent, and helpful to many in the world of printing. He was a truly remarkable man who touched many lives. Jim and Shelby had the privilege of recording this podcast with him shortly before his passing. We want to extend our heartfelt condolences to Michael's friends and family. We hope that this podcast can be one of the many pieces of his lasting legacy.
47:59
March 5, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 8: Eric Vessels
Today's guest is Eric Vessels, the president of the printing newsletter company WhatTheyThink. In addition to some personal anecdotes, Eric shares knowledge about trends in the printing industry and his vast experience with content marketing.  You can find Eric Vessels on LinkedIn and his companies at: https://whattheythink.com/ https://www.printingnews.com/
49:54
February 26, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 7: Don Carli
Today's guest, Don Carli, is a seasoned professional with extensive experience all throughout the graphic arts industry from marketing to design to print. Jim and Shelby ask Don about a wide range of topics within dye sublimation. He covers the importance of color reproduction on different substrates, ICC profiles, some general marketing advice, and some of his own personal experiences in the industry. Don Carli is the CEO of a market research consulting firm called Nima Hunter. You can learn more about Don and his business below. Twitter: https://twitter.com/dcarli Consulting Website: https://nimahunter.com/
51:46
February 20, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 6: Mary Song
In this episode, Jim and Shelby speak with Mary Song, Color Manager at Tectonics. She is attended a ColorCasters Color Management Boot Camp in the past and used that knowledge to advance her career. She manages color for multiple locations on some of the largest dye sublimation printing equipment available. Mary discusses why she loves dye sublimation, some of the challenges with managing color remotely, and how her company has been adapting to fit the changes coming to the dye sublimation industry as a whole.  You can learn more about Mary's company, Tectonics, at https://tectonics.com/
29:49
February 12, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 5: Chris Bernat
In this episode, Jim and Shelby speak with Chris Bernat of VaporApparel (and his dog a few times). Chris has extensive experience in dye sublimation, specifically in the clothing industry. They cover the ins and outs of sublimating on wearable materials as well as Chris's experience on the blank garment production side of things.  You can find Chris Bernat on LinkedIn. You can find VaporApparel at https://vaporapparel.com/ or https://wholesale.vaporapparel.com/
43:50
February 5, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 4: Randy Anderson
You may notice that Shelby calls this episode 5. Due to circumstances out of our control, the episode recorded as our fourth episode will not be available for quite some time.  Shelby talks with Randy Anderson, the product marketing manager from MUTOH America. Randy lends a lot of insight into the world of dye sublimation from the perspective of a large producer as well as giving sage advice for those just starting up. His vast knowledge of different substrates and industry tricks should be valuable to anyone in the dye sub field. You can learn more about MUTOH at www.mutoh.com
37:39
February 1, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 3: Vik Patel
Jim speaks with Vik Patel, Director of Marketing at Sawgrass Technologies, about the most important aspects of dye sublimation. They also discuss how Sawgrass has positioned itself to specialize in dye sublimation products and help their users make the most of them. More information about Sawgrass can be found at:  https://www.sawgrassink.com/
41:59
January 22, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 2: Ray Weiss
In this episode, Jim and Shelby speak to Ray Weiss from Printing United Alliance about Color Management Boot Camps and how Covid-19 changed the landscape of them from in-person to online. They further discuss the benefits and drawbacks of online workshops both for the instructors and for the students. If you'd like to know more about Ray, you can find him here: Twitter: @ray_weiss_sgia LinkedIn: Raymond Weiss https://info.sgia.org/sgiaprintingpress/author/ray-weiss https://www.printing.org/about/staff-directory/ray-weiss
40:20
January 15, 2021
DyeSubCast Episode 1: The Pilot
Jim and Shelby discuss their pivot from the consulting side of dye sublimation to the production side in the first episode of the DyeSubCast. 
32:42
January 8, 2021