Mug Artwork Guidelines

Digital printing has improved rapidly over the last couple of years. Machine decoration can do almost anything in regards to transferring artwork into something very beautiful. We are here to help you understand CustomCat Art Templates & Assigned Product Feature to help you become more efficient with your business. Let’s get started and help you save time and energy to make bigger profits. 

Ultimately, if you are advanced in Photoshop and design you don’t necessarily have to follow CustomCat templates for sizing.

There are two ways you can ultimately upload your designs.

l. ADVANCED: Using the ‘Assigned Product’ Feature to upload your design 

The ‘Assign Product’ Feature automatically gives you a full wrap look, which gives you more control over the design if you are more experienced in Photoshop or Illustrator.

2. BEGINNER:  Using Default Template to upload your design 

Method #2 is best used by beginners who necessarily don’t have advanced knowledge in design programs, the Default Template allows for an accurate representation of the design positioning. Anyone can design world selling phenomenon if they follow the template. Default Template gives you an option to customize the positioning.

Let’s dive into more detail on how to use the ‘Assigned Product’ Feature and Default Template. 

1.  ADVANCED: Using ‘Assigned Product’ Feature to upload your design 

WARNING: Only Full Wrap 

Design Library  > Upload Image 

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Go CustomCat webpage > Click  ‘Blog’ at the top right corner > Click ‘Resources’ > Click ‘Artwork Guidelines’ > Under Design Guidelines locate Art Templates > Click ‘Drinkware’ > Click the green arrow to download the template 

You can choose from all dye sublimation templates, for this post’s purpose go ahead and click 11. oz Mug 

In your downloads, you will be able to access two files .png and Photoshop version for your creative convenience. 

Next, go back to your CustomCat window and click ‘Yes, I agree’ to upload your files.

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Click ‘Add Designs’ and select designs to upload to your library. 

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When you successfully imported your designs to your library, click ‘Select All’ or highlight files that you want to use and click ‘Assign Product’ and assign highlighted items to ’11 oz. Mug’. Use ‘Tag All’ as ’11 oz. Mug’ to group items together for easier accessibility when in rush to find your designs.  Then click ‘Continue’ to upload your designs. 

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All selected products are assigned and tagged as ‘21504 15 oz. White Mug.’ 

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Click ‘Add Product’ 


Choose from ‘Export Templates’, select 11 oz. mug.  

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Select Designs and click ‘Next’.

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Review your placement by clicking on Product Detail link. 


This is what your preview should look like, it is a full wrap design positioning. Click ‘Save Product’. 


Finalize your uploads and click ‘Export’. Voila, you did it! Congrats you just uploaded new mugs to your page. 

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2. BEGINNER: Using Default Template to upload your design 

Dye Sub-Deafult 

Use when you have 1  design in 2 locations or duplicated. 

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Custom Positioning 

Use when you want to move the design based on your preference within the safe area of the template. 

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Full Front

Ultimately, you are blowing your image up and putting it dead center of the mug, similarly to the full wrap customization. 

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