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15 Mar

Learn How To Sublimate Ceramic Mugs Using a Mug Press

Learning how to sublimate a ceramic mug is easier than you think!

In today’s blog post (and video!), we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for sublimating ceramic mugs using a mug heat press machine and sublimation printer, as well as a complete checklist of all the materials you’ll need!

Here’s our video how-to guide (check out our blog post after watching for more details):


How to Sublimate a Mug: Printing Supplies

Before you begin the ceramic mug sublimation process, make sure you have all of the following materials:


How to Sublimate a Ceramic Mug in 7-Steps

Once you have the right materials gathered for performing a proper dye-sublimation, follow the steps below to print a high-quality image on your ceramic mug using a mug heat press machine.


1. Choose Your Sublimation Graphics

The first step in sublimating a mug is choosing the image or graphic you’re going to print on it.

If you’re printing with a Sawgrass Virtuoso Printer (ie: SG400 or SG800). These come with an easy-to-use program called Creative Studio – which also includes hundreds of templates a huge curated library of images, cloud storage and more!

If you prefer, you can also use programs such as Photoshop, CorelDRAW, or Adobe Illustrator to design your own graphics, or download mug sublimation templates here, here, and here if you’re not comfortable creating your own.

When choosing the size of your sublimation graphics, keep in mind that the typical 10 or 11oz sublimation mug is 3×9 inches (3 inches high, 9 wide).

Also keep in mind that while it’s possible to print full bleed over the top and bottom edges of the mug, some mugs have a tapper that can make it difficult for this to transfer.

So if you’re sublimating a tapered mug, print approximately ¼ inch away from the top and bottom edges.

We also recommend that you copy and paste your chosen design multiple times on a single piece of paper to lower your printing costs and make your production more efficient.

Once you’ve chosen your sublimation graphics, you’re ready to move on to step 2.


2. Print Your Chosen Graphics

When you’re ready to print, you can choose to use full-size transfer paper (8.5”x11”) and gang your images, or use transfer paper that’s already sized for common mug sizes, including 10, 11, and 15 ounces.

Make sure you’ve chosen the correct printer settings for mug sublimation graphics – namely, checking the box “mirror image” and use no more than 300 DPI resolution (any higher will be a waste of ink and take longer than necessary to print).

Then, make sure to select the correct printer, loaded with the correct sublimation inks and sublimation transfer papers, and that you’re printing on the coated side of the paper.

Once you’ve finalized everything, print your graphics. 


3. Cut Your Graphics to Fit your Ceramic Mug

Using a pair of scissors, trim the transfer paper so that the size of the image is slightly smaller than the mug in both directions (to make it easier to tape down).

Now turn the transfer paper so the image is turned in, facing the mug. Tightly wrap the paper around the mug. Make sure the paper is pressed firmly against the surface of the mug.

Secure the transfer paper with heat-resistant tape at each end of the printed transfer.


4. Adjust the Settings of Your Dye Sublimation Mug Press

To prepare your mug sublimation printer, set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 204 degrees Celsius.

Set the pressure option to “heavy,” and set the timer for 4-6 minutes (the exact time will vary depending on the heat press manufacturer and blank mug manufacturer, which may require a bit of experimentation to get this right).


5. Place Your Mug into the Heat Press

Once your mug heat press has reached 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 204 degrees Celsius, you’re ready for pressing.

Carefully place your mug into the heat press without wrinkling or folding the transfer paper. This is critical. Any slight crease in the paper will alter or ruin your final design.

Now, gently close the press and begin the sublimation process. Note that the press should firmly snap closed, but be careful to not apply too much pressure or your mug will break.


6. Remove Your Mug from the Heat Press

Once the desired time has passed, open the press and remove the mug using your heat-resistant oven mitt (the mug will be extremely hot).

Quickly remove the transfer paper taped to the mug by carefully removing the tape (a narrow knife or tweezers may help in this process).


7. Allow Your Mug to Cool

Your mug sublimation is almost complete. Set aside your hot mug and allow it to cool for an extended period of time until it’s not hot to the touch (you may also use the low setting of a fan to cool the mug faster).


Need Help Getting Started with Mug Sublimation?

By learning how to sublimate ceramic mugs, you can produce beautiful (and profitable) mug designs that are perfect for any occasion!

If you want to sublimate mugs like a pro, then you need the same equipment pros use.

Check out the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 sublimation printer and Geo Knight DK3 mug heat press to start making high-quality sublimated ceramic mugs today!




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