Designing on Can Coolers

We have a variety of can coolers to choose from, everything from simple foam can coolers to foldable bottle coolers that fit your drink like a glove. No matter what can cooler you chose, there are some guidelines for what makes the perfect print. Due to the flexible, slick, and rounded surface of a can cooler, certain limitations are made during the printing process. Let's go through each area one-by-one to see what makes the best final product!

Which fonts work best?

A font that is bold and does not have small details works best on a can cooler. Be careful of fonts with serifs (those little points that flick out at the end of some letters), or fonts that have very thin lines. The thicker the font, the more surface it has to adhere to the can cooler. Most of our fonts will work on can coolers when sized appropriately.

If you're unsure about how a font you like will print, give us a call! We can help you make sure that the font you've chosen will come out looking great.

How will my artwork print on a can cooler?

Just like the font, artwork on a can cooler should be simple and bold. We adjust any clipart, as well as your own images, to print perfectly on a can cooler. This means removing any small details that may flake or not adhere to the can cooler, and smoothing out any fading or gradients. Your resulting image will be bold and noticeable!

Can I print a photograph on a can cooler?

Custom Ink is excited to offer the Full Color Can Cooler! If your image is high resolution (at least 200DPI), try choosing the Full Color can cooler in the Lab. You can put your photograph on the can cooler, and it will print directly onto the surface (with ink, not a heat transfer or appliqu'e). The full color can cooler can also print finer detailed font than other can coolers. Check it out in the Lab or give us a call at 1-800-293-4232 to speak with a design specialist.

What colors will really pop?

Similar to t-shirts, can cooler and ink color combinations look more vibrant on a computer screen than they do in real life. This is usually because lighting in the Lab is optimal (no shadows or dim light), and computer screens often have filters to make colors appear more vibrant. While this filter makes your daily computer use more visually exciting, it does alter the colors that you see in the Lab.

When choosing can cooler/ink combinations, try for the most contrast possible! Using a dark colored can cooler with a bright colored ink, or a lighter can cooler with dark ink will get the best print. Due to the curvature and size of a can cooler print, the ink is a bit thinner than other products, so choosing a bright color will get the best look on your can cooler.