Artwork Guidelines for Sticker Printing

Providing Artwork Files

Upload your custom artwork file(s) after you have checked out and paid for your order.  You will be presented automatically with an artwork screen  to upload your artwork files.

Alternatively, you can also go to your account once your order has been placed and use our built in File Uploader.

You can also send us an email will your artwork file attached or as a link to a third party large-file sending application (e.g. Hightail).  If you send your artwork this way please remember to quote your order number.

File Resolution

If you want your stickers to look crisp and sharp then it is important to understand File Resolution.

File resolution refers to the number of dots or pixels in an image. It is more commonly called 'dots per inch' (dpi) or 'pixels per inch' (ppi). In general, the more dots an image has (per inch) the sharper the image will look when printed.

difference between good and bad file resolution

For optimal printing we recommend designing your stickers at the desired size and saving your file at at least 300dpi.

If you save your file at less than 300dpi there is not way we can increse the resolution or improve the print quality from our end.

Stickers printed where the resolution is less than 300dpi will appear blurry.

In summary, ensure you design to 100% of the final sticker size and save your file at at least 300dpi.

Artwork Guidelines

Please provide your artwork in digital format, designed at 100% of your final sticker size. We often print at very high resolution, but please provide your at at least 300 dpi, and a maximum of 600dpi (dpi = 'dots per inch').

Acceptable File Formats:

  • TIF, EPS, PSD, AI, PDF, JPG (300 - 600 dpi).
  • PC format is our preferance.

Acceptable Software Applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop.
  • Adobe Illustrator.

Artwork Tips

Delays in production is almost always down to issues with the artwork file. Please "help us to help you" by adhering to the following artwork requirements:

Convert all fonts (type) to outlines/paths, including any fonts used in placed EPS/AI files.

In Illustrator you can do this by highlighting the text and clicking on the right mouse button and selecting 'Create Outlines'.

Ensure all images are embedded in your artwork file. Do NOT include any linked images.

Create all your artwork in CMYK colour (and not RGB). Creating in RGB colour can cause colours to change during printing.

If at all possible, please provide us with vector art rather than bitmap or raster art. This will help us enormously and reduce the time to produce your order.

Metallic Printing

Metallic sticker printing uses different technology to full colour digital printing and extra precaution should be taken when preparing designs. Metallic printing uses spot colour techniques to lay down the ink and can not handle very fine detail as well as high-resolution digital printers. When designing for metallic stickers ensure strokes are not less than 0.5mm (ideally over 1mm).

IMPORTANT: Do not expect the same photo-quality print as high-resolution full colour stickers.

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