HOW TO DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM STICKERS IN ILLUSTRATOR

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

USING OUR STICKER TEMPLATE

How to add your design to our template

1. PASTE YOUR DESIGN

Open our sticker template up for Illustrator and paste your design into the file. If using Photoshop view our photoshop guide here.

3. SPECIAL EFFECTS STICKERS

If you are creating white stickers you can skip this step. If you are using Holographic, Transparent, Glitter or Chrome stickers 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.

5. DIE CUT OR KISS CUT OR STICKER SHEET

Kiss cut means the sticker shape is cut but not all the way through the backing paper. These stickers are generally more durable and easier to peel. You can even add designs or text outside the sticker, eg. your logo or website name so your sticker has your branding on it until it is peeled. Your stickers will appear smaller than the size chosen as there needs to be space around the sticker. eg. a 10×10 cm sticker will probably end up around 9cm x 9cm with a 1cm border around.

Die cut means the sticker is cut all the way around and through the backing paper. Visually these may appear nicer to customers as it is cut to the shape of the sticker but may be more easily damaged and you can’t add extra graphics or designs outside the sticker shape. Your sticker will be able to be cut right up to the edge of the design size, eg a 10 x 10 cm sticker will be 10cm.

Sticker Sheet is a large sheet that allows you to place many stickers on one sheet. Available in sizes A6, A5 and A4 you can place as many stickers on a sheet as you can fit. Remember each sticker needs to be at least 2.5cm big and 5mm away from the next sticker. You can make your stickers as large or as small as you like and can have different sizes available too. All these stickers are kiss cut but means you can fit many to a sheet. You’ll need a cut line around each sticker and these cut lines cannot touch each other. If you are using special effects vinyls you’ll need to place white under any sticker areas you don’t want semi transparent and showing the vinyl effect through.

It’s up to you which you want to go with.

2. SCALE YOUR DESIGN

No need to worry about bleed. First make the template the size you want the sticker to be eg. 4x4cm. Then use that to create your sticker however you want. Pay attention to the kiss cut or die cut section as there will be some differences there in how you create your design.

4. CUT LINE

Create your cut line using the path tool and place this on the layer above your artwork. It should be 0.25pt thick. Your cut line should be placed outside your sticker, make the gap as big or as small as you require between your artwork and the cutline. Be aware that cutting close to the print, especially on special effects vinyls may result in the sticker curling at the edges so we do suggest leaving a gap at least 3mm between the edge of your design and the cut line.

6. SAVE YOUR FILE

For white stickers you can save as a .png .jpg .psd .ai file or .pdf. For special effect stickers you’ll need to save as a .ai file as we need to be able to see the different layers. Make sure you save at the correct size for the stickers ordered.

HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTS sticker

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In this example we are making a glitter sticker, but you can use the same technique for all effects stickers. 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 sticker 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, transparent and holographic effects stickerss for different results.