Mugs. Are. Awesome. But, there are some very important things to remember when designing them. This article will cover mug templates, design file tips + requirements, and artwork placement.
The design area on mugs is a single rectangle that wraps around the entire mug covering the left, middle, and right sides of the mug’s surface. The red crosshairs indicate the center of the mug on the left and right sides.
Design File Tips + Requirements
File Type + Size
All of our mugs require a JPEG image at 300ppi. The JPEG quality should be set to 100%. The final size of the design file will vary depending on the mug.
JPEG vs PNG
All of our mugs require a JPEG image at 300ppi.
Please note you are not limited to background colors, patterns, or designs if you wish to keep the background the same color as the mug, it's important that you have a white background since true white prints are transparent on mugs. The easiest way to ensure this is by saving your design file as a JPEG otherwise, you can save it as PNG, but you will need to as a true white background (#FFFFFF) for optimal results.
We do not recommend a transparent PNG because the transparent background will create a green hue around your design. This is the printer trying to add color in those partially transparent areas.
Figuring out where to place your artwork on the mug template might seem confusing, but it’s very simple!
Artwork placed in the center of the template will be printed on the center of the mug, directly across from the handle. More often than not, this is done by accident. If your design appears in the center of the template in the Printed Mint Custom Designer, your file may be the wrong size.
Artwork placed on the left side of the template will be printed on the side of the mug with the handle on the left:
Artwork placed on the right side of the template will be printed on the side of the mug with the handle on the right:
For a two-sided design, simply place your artwork on both sides of the template:
Color and Glass Mugs
When designing color mugs such as our gold, pink, or silver mugs, it’s important to remember that the printing process does not use white ink. The lighter the color, the more transparent or see-through it will be. This is demonstrated in the image below:
On the Glass Mug, light/pastel colors are not recommended. The lighter the color, the more transparent it will appear on the final product. For example, black will be opaque, while white will be completely transparent. Black always prints best.
Black Mug 11 oz.
When designing for the Black Mug 11 oz. there are two methods you can use for a successful print.
Use a true RGB Black (0,0,0) as a background, then add your text, illustration, or graphic. In doing this, your design will have the seamless look of continuous black around the whole mug.
Try using a photo! This method is similar to designing all our other mugs. Simply place your photo across the full bleed parameter with important design elements inside the safe area. This ensures the photo is printed across the white of the mug.
Tips & Tricks
No matter your method, the template guidelines must be followed to have a successful print. Remember these guidelines are there to help you. Your design should always go across the full bleed line (blue).
If you do not, the other side will remain white. If you wish to have one side be the photo and the other side black, you will need to add a true RGB Black (0,0,0) background. Finally, the important elements of your design, for example, text, need to be inside the safe area (orange dashed line).
You might see the edge of your print from either the black background or the photo upload. This is a common occurrence and a result of the printing process.