How To Customize Colored Mugs With TheMagicTouch CPM 6.2
You may have considered whether or not it’s possible to customize those plain or colored mugs from the dollar store. While you won’t be able to do so with sublimation, it’s indeed possible with TheMagicTouch CPM six-point-two transfer paper. In this video, I’ll be guiding you through how this material can be used to bring full color images to a colored mug, printed with a Crio white toner printer.
The potential applications for white toner systems only grow with TheMagicTouch CPM six-point-two paper. As a 1-step material designed for smooth solid surfaces, you can apply images printed with it on a wide variety of items, like aluminum sports bottles, wood panels, and ceramic drinkware. Best of all, TheMagicTouch CPM is capable of self-weeding any transparent image or graphic, leaving any inner white portions of an image to stay intact when printed and applied. Due to the versatile nature of this material, you’ll be able to easily apply it on virtually any ceramic drinkware.
If you’ve previously tried to customize a ceramic mug from the dollar store, you’ll know that sublimation transfers are a no go due to the lack of a sublimation coating. TheMagicTouch CPM will be the next best alternative to a sublimation transfer in this case, as it can bring a full-color image onto plain and colored mugs, even going as far as maintaining the image’s true whites. But to start this project off, you’ll need to prepare your design within the size of your mug through graphic design or photo editing software, using three-hundred-DPI as the document’s resolution.
If you’re customizing eleven ounce mugs, feel free to use the template linked in the description below. While they’re for eleven ounce sublimation mugs, these items are built with a similar, if not the same molding that allows transfers at a certain imprint size to fit equally well on any other mug. For quick demonstration, we’ll only be applying two square-fitted graphics on the left and right sides of a mug. You can refer to our sublimation templates webinar to learn how to precisely center images on opposite sides of a mug.
But once your mug design is ready, print it through your white toner printer. Since we’ll be using a Crio 8432WDT printer for this video, our design will need to be exported as either a transparent PNG image, or SVG vector file to import onto Digital Factory. While Forever Dark is designed for Forever Laser Dark paper, we can use this Print Mode and set the paper size to A4. With your design imported, go to its Properties to disable Ink Removal, and boost its underbase to where the design is fully opaque. To preview your results, hit RIP Only on your image, then View Raw Data. You may notice that the design looks dotted close up, though it will appear normal when printed. But if the design looks ready, go ahead and print it through your machine.
After the transfer’s been printed, trim around the design with a decent chunk of space for peeling, then wrap and heat tape it onto a mug as you would with a sublimation transfer. As you heat tape it, be sure to use small strips that avoid contact with the printed design. Turn on your mug press and set it to a-hundred-and-eighty seconds at three-hundred-and-twenty degrees Fahrenheit with firm pressure. As soon as the machine reaches temperature, you may go ahead and press your mug.
We should note that the time may vary depending on the type of drinkware you’re applying CPM onto. Whether it’s an aluminum water bottle, ceramic mug, or metal tumbler, you’ll either need to decrease or increase your time accordingly to let the transfer fully apply. After a-hundred-and-eighty seconds, open your mug press and take the mug out to reach warm heat. Once it’s warm, you may peel your CPM transfer off and it’s now customized a regular mug into something special!
If you’d like to share your decked out mugs with us, alongside a growing community of customization enthusiasts, feel free to join our HeatPressNation creators Facebook group at heat.press/FBgroup. To learn more about TheMagicTouch transfer papers and white toner printing, please visit us at HeatPressNation.com. For any questions, you can get in touch with a MyExpert representative at support.heatpressnation.com.