The quickest and most efficient way of designing a graphic for a specific substrate is through the use of graphic templates. Often, templates allow the designer to embellish the very specific shape of the final product (e.g. a door hanger). While there are free templates available for many products on the market, rarely will you find templates for products that feature a wide-open design area such as a t-shirt or a mug. If you know your design software, it is fairly simple to make your own templates after measuring out your design area.
Sample Substrate Templates
Sample Final Transfer Images
Below are some links to free sublimation manufacturer templates for products available in both Corel and Adobe formats. If you are a sublimation product manufacturer, and you would like a link provided to free, universal-format templates provided on your web site, please e-mail a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unisub Templates (free templates available in both EPS and CorelDRAW)
Rowmark Templates (includes MATES products)