HOW TO DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM BADGES

Our templates are easy to use but here you can find further details on all the cool things you can do to make your badges look the best they can be!

USING OUR BADGE TEMPLATE

How to add your design to our template

1. PASTE YOUR DESIGN

Open our badge template up and paste your design into the file. Place it into the artwork layer if using photoshop for white stickers. If designing for Holographic,  Glitter or Chrome effects you will need to create your design as a .AI file (Adobe Illustrator).

3. SPECIAL EFFECTS BADGES

If you are creating white badges you can skip this step. If you are using Holographic, Glitter or Chrome badges you’ll need to create a white background behind your design on the WHITE layer. Any part of your design that does not have the white layer behind it will be printed semi transparent. This means you will be able to see the special effect backing (eg, glitter) show through your design. Adding white behind your design makes your design appear solid. This allows you to create some unique effects as shown below.

2. SCALE YOUR DESIGN

Make sure all important elements such as text and graphics are inside the inner red ring, this is the face of the badge. Make sure your background or design expands to the outside red ring, otherwise your badge may have some white showing, this is called the bleed.

4. SAVE YOUR FILE

If you are making a white badge you can just save your file as a .PSD, .PNG or .JPG. If you are make a special effects badge you’ll need to send to us as a .AI file.

HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTS BADGE

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In this example we are making a glitter badge, but you can use the same technique for all effects badges. Place your design at 100% opacity onto your ARTWORK layer in our template

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Then create your white layer below your artwork. Here you can see we have left some gaps. When the design prints on top of the white it’ll appear solid, if there is no white then the colour will print but it’ll be semi transparent, showing the effect behind it. Place this underneath your artwork layer onto the WHITE layer.

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This is how the badge has come out, the design is solid except the areas we didn’t put white behind (although the colour layer is still printed), allowing the glitter to show through and interact with the colours from the design to create a unique effect behind the rainbow.

Why not try our chrome and holographic effects badges for different results.