1. Understand the project

  • Sublimation transfers a full-color image from paper to the mug
  • The transfer is permanent and non-toxic, the mug is ready to be used and dishwasher-safe
  • The image can cover the full area of the mug, or be located anywhere on the mug you want, and include and combination of text and/or images
  • Any file type that can be printed can be sublimated onto a mug, so jpegs, pdfs, and Word docs are all fine

Sublimation mugs

  • This video gives an overview of the sublimation process
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, staff members will be doing the sublimating for you.


2. Prepare the design

Create your design

  • The design on the mug will look exactly as it does when printed on a piece of paper.
  • The maximum design area is 3.75” x 8.5”
  • Using Microsoft Word or other software, position the design elements where you want them

Make sure the final design will print at the proper size

  • If convenient, it is helpful to print out the file on a regular printer and measure the print-out to be sure the sizing is good

Save your file

  • Save your file in either Word doc, jpeg, or pdf format



3. Send the design to the Idea Studio

Schedule a project setup session

  • Go to https://ideastudio.skedda.com/booking
  • Use the calendar at the top to select a day
  • In the “Book a Project Setup Session” column, select a time
  • Click the green “Book” button
  • Walk through the prompts to set up an account
  • Project setup sessions will be done over Zoom. Details will be email to you

Pick up your finished piece

  • Staff members will email you when your piece is completed and ready for pickup
  • Those registered for the program will be getting their mugs for free. For all else, there will be a charge of $3.50 per mug, to cover material costs
  • Items may be picked up and paid for at the main library check-out desk
  • Always wash your mug before its first use. Mugs can be washed by hand or in a dishwasher