Printing business cards on mugs can be more complex than simply sending out a design to print on press. Not all printing companies print on various kinds of mediums and some only print for press. It is thus important to ensure that you find the right company that can print on coffee mugs. The following are a few steps to follow when printing business cards on coffee mugs.
Step 1: Research the various companies that will print business cards on mugs. Ask your local printers if they have any recommendations as to which companies you may want to go to. Compare costs and other variables to determine which will be best suited for your wants and needs. Some companies include Gift Mugs, and Royal Gift Baskets & Services.
Step 2: If you don’t have the card design as a file on your computer, you will have to scan the business card. Ensure that there are no smudges or spots on the business card when you are scanning it, so the smudges do not transfer onto the coffee mug.
Step 3: Understand the difference between CMYK and RGB mode, and change the color mode of the document according to the company's specifications. Usually printing companies will print in CMYK color, as RGB is commonly used for web design. Set the resolution for the image as a 300 pixels per inch resolution or higher, to ensure a clear and non-pixelated image. Adjust the size of the image to the standard business card size, which is usually 2.5-inches in height and 3 inches in width.
Step 4: Determine the file format that the company you have chosen, accepts the business cards in. Most companies will support .tif or .jpeg file formats.
Step 5: Consult with the company to decide how many business card mugs you would like. This is also a good time to determine the style of the coffee mug, as well as color and layout. The layout usually consists of having the business card printed on both sides of the mug or on one side only. If you choose to have the business card printed only on one side, determine whether you want it on the right of the handle or left.
Step 6: Send the digital file to the company either on a CD-Rom or by e-mail. Some companies may only want you to send your artwork by CD-Rom, so consult with the company to determine which method is preferred.
Tip: Printing on coffee mugs can be pricier than printing on other mediums because the price for the mug itself is included. Consider ordering a large quantity of mugs and printing in bulk to save money. Many companies offer to print in bulk because it is more advantageous for the customer’s cost and the company’s workflow.