How to Print Logos on Mugs

You can print your own logo on a coffee mug.
You can print your own logo on a coffee mug. (Image: mug of coffee image by Alison Bowden from

Whether you are a business owner who is looking for a new business promotion or someone who wishes to create a gift for a friend who owns a business, you may want to consider having a business logo printed on a mug. Logo mugs are an effective way of advertising your business because they are visible and useful, and mugs are not as easily lost as a magnet or pen. Printing a logo on a mug is easy when using an on-line printing service.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Company logo or design program to create a logo

Locate an advertising or printing service. There are a variety of printing services on the Internet that provide mugs as promotional items, such as Vistaprint, Staples Promotional Products and Cafe Press. Check each company's website to see if there is a required minimum purchase or if there is a set-up fee for printing, particularly if you are interested in buying only one or a few mugs, as some companies require that you purchase 50 or more mugs at one time. Also check shipping and handling charges as well as the times when selecting the printing company to be sure that you can get your mugs when you need them.

Select a mug style. Choose the mug style that you prefer. Generally you can choose from a 12 oz., 11 oz., 15 oz. or travel mug. This choice is a matter of your personal preference and budget. The larger mugs and travel mugs are more expensive than the smaller standard mugs.

Design a logo or gather a usable file of the company's logo. Depending on the printing service that you use, you may be able to use a template; however, most companies allow you to upload your own image. Design your logo using an image creation program, such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Pixelmator. Save your image as a standard image file, such as a .jpg or .bmp, because these are the commonly used image types. When designing your logo, remember that it will be placed on a mug, so design the logo to look aesthetically pleasing on your choice of mug. Upload your image on the printing service's web page, and place it on the mug where you would like it.

Complete your purchase. If this is the first time you have ordered a product from this particular printing company, you may have to create a personal account. Once you have selected your desired amount of mugs, enter your personal and billing information to complete your purchase.

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