How to Set Up Sticker Artwork

At StickerGiant, we touch every piece of artwork that is submitted to be turned into custom stickers and labels. In doing so, we offer Free Artwork Setup so all you have to do is send us an image. We get a lot of questions about how to setup artwork though and below are a few guidelines on how we get stickers ready to print.

The anatomy of a StickerGiant sticker design

anatomy of a sticker design

Raster vs. Vector

We can print both raster and vector images. Vector images are infinitely scalable graphics made up of paths, lines and shapes. Vector graphics are commonly made in Adobe Illustrator and have file extensions .ai, .eps and .svg. Raster images are made up of pixels and are commonly photographic. Raster images need to be 300dpi at print size for high quality printing.

raster versus vector

File Types

We want your stickers to print with the best possible quality. If possible send us your artwork in vector format or raster format at 300dpi CMYK color mode in one of these file formats. Not sure? Have a different file format? No problem. Our Art Department is standing by to help advise you or to fix up your artwork for print.

file types

Color

Most of our stickers print using CMYK process color printing. That means the colors are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, like the four colors you see in the lightbulbs below. Our Silkscreen Stickers print using spot color printing. Not sure what we mean by CMYK or spot color? Learn more about the difference between CMYK vs. Spot Color in this video.

artwork color

Cut Lines

At StickerGiant our stickers are cut with lasers following a path around the artwork. To properly set up a cut path, use a vector shape with a .5" stroke in 100% magenta. The cut path can have no sharp corners. Our standard corner radius is 1/8”. The minimum corner radius is .04”.

cut line

Clear Stickers

Clear Stickers should be set up in layers. The artwork should be on one layer. A white vector layer should backup any color areas. A third layer should indicate any clear areas. Clear stickers should be submitted as vector graphics with no transparency.

clear stickers

Sticker Sheets

StickerGiant can produce sticker sheets with multiple stickers on one sheet. Follow these guidelines for perfect sticker sheet setup:

  • Extend bleed 1/8” out from any Cut Line
  • The two longer Sides sides of the sheet must have 1/2” margin between sheet Cut Line and Sticker Cut Line
  • The two shorter sides of the sheet must have 1/4” margin between Sheet Cut Line and Sticker Cut Line
  • Individual stickers must have 1/8” inset between Cut Line and artwork
  • 1/16” minimum between Cut Lines
  • Round corners on all Cut Lines
  • Some margins may vary based on size

sticker sheets

Artwork Services

Have a great idea but need assistance in designing your stickers?

StickerGiant’s Art Department has graphic designers available to bring your creative vision to life, and they will help you set up your files for the perfect print job. Then you'll have awesome sticker art ready for your next order!

Contact us for a custom estimate of your project.

artwork services

Learn more about some of our artwork guidelines

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