Even though we offer a design service – and an online cup design tool – many customers like to have their own graphic designers produce the layout for their custom printed paper cups. Some even like to design their own themselves
My name’s Adam Kiszka and I work on the design team here at CupPrint.
Here’s my top tips for you or your designers to prepare artwork for your printed cup project:
Software for Cup Designs
Illustrator is the way to go. The best software to prepare cup design with is, without doubt, Adobe Illustrator (AI).
It gives the biggest flexibility for adjusting the design to cup template.
You can also work with InDesign and Photoshop, but AI is our recommendation.
Rasterised logos are a common issue we encounter. (JPG, PNG and GIF are raster – these are harder to resize without compromising quality in final print.)
I recommend vector all the way as it gives more flexibility in color corrections. Plus print quality is generally better. Vector files – Adobe Illustrator (AI), EPS and the right types of PDF can be more easily manipulated, resized and colour corrected while maintaining higher resolution for a better quality appearance in print. If a designer created your brand and logo, you should ask for vector master files so you can produce a wide range of versions for a range of use for signage, advertising and of course branded paper cups!