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How We Make Custom Mugs

At Christmas or any other time, photo mugs can be great gifts. There's nothing like a coffee cup with a nice picture on it to commemorate a member of the family, a great vacation or a beloved family home…or anything else that can fit in front of a camera. Some simple steps will help anyone who wants to make photo mugs for gifts, employee events or any other uses.

1. Select Your Mug

For the best photo mugs, think about how the color of the mug will handle the superimposed picture or logo. You'll also want to look for the best shape of mugs that will be best for you or for the person.
Mug Shapes

2. Find The Correct Picture

In order to transfer an image onto photo mugs, you'll need a right-sized photo or logo that you can print out. Sift through available pictures and find the ones that will help you fashion the best mugs.
Mug Print Size

3. Print photos on special paper

A specialized paper product allows for image transfer onto hard surfaces. Those who are experienced with these materials call them "transfer paper" or "decal paper."
Print image

4. Fix the image to the mug surface

Often, this includes applying moisture to the decal paper. The paper that you buy should have specific instructions on how to transfer the image from the paper to the surface of the photo mugs.
Fix the image to the mug surface

5. Seal the image

One of the last steps for getting these gifts ready to go is to seal the image onto the mug, so that it will not wash off during cleaning. Two popular methods involve either heating the mug to seal the image, or using a clear resin to coat the mug and seal in the picture. Either way, you should have a mug that will stand the test of time.
Submission machine

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