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White Ink On Clear Decals

Hello, I’m John Fischer from StickerGiant and today we are going to talk about white ink on clear decals.

There are three ways to use white ink on a clear decal; the first is to back up just the artwork itself in white ink, allowing no white ink to show on the finished product. The second involves flooding the entire decal white making it look like a white decal, and the third is to create a white halo around the artwork itself.

There is two reasons for using white ink, the first is to increase the inks opacity. The ink will look transparent without white. And the second is to help the color contrast and readability. Lets take a look at some examples.

These first examples are clear decals that have no white backing at all. The printing quality is good, but the problem with clear decals is that the ink tends to look transparent. Without the white ink and depending on the background colors the logo and text may be hard to read.

To show you how transparent one of these decals becomes here is an example that is flooded with yellow ink and has no white backing. When I hold up the product with a white backing, you can see the color difference in the yellow.

When using white ink, one of the first options is to back up just the artwork itself in white, allowing no white to show through on the final sticker. You can see that in these examples the orange is nice and vibrant, the blue and the red are deep and rich, and that yellow and red really pop out. The problem is that sometimes, depending on the background the decals are placed against they can still be hard to read.

In this second example of clear decals, we’ve backed up the entire piece of artwork with white ink, no clear is showing anywhere on the decals. These are easier to read, viewable from a distance, the ink color is opaque and they look great.

In this last example, white ink not only backs up the artwork but it extends just past it, creating a halo like effect. The one in the upper left hand side is just white ink, no other colors were used. These decals are easy to read from a distance and the white ink does not interfere with the customer’s logo or message.

All of the samples shown here today are shot on a interior piece of glass. If you were using a tinted window, perhaps in a automobile, the issues of white ink on a clear decal are that much more important. Hopefully this will help you understand white ink on clear decals.

Die Cut vs. Kiss Cut Stickers

The Difference Between Die Cut and Kiss Cut Stickers.
Die Cutting is the process of cutting your sticker into a certain shape or design by the use of a sharp steel ruled stamp, roller, or highly pressurized blade.
Here are some examples of Die Cut stickers. Every sticker is cut out all the way so that each one has a durable backing. These are a little more expensive than kiss cut stickers and the price will go up as the complexity of the cut increases.
Kiss Cutting is a form of die cutting where a very light impression cuts through the vinyl, not through the backing material.
Here are some Kiss Cuts stickers. They usually come on sheets like the first two but you can get them many different ways including single sheets and on rolls.
Now you know the difference between Die Cut and Kiss cut stickers.
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Spot Color vs. Four Color Process

The Difference between Spot color and 4 Color Process

Colors created without screens or dots are referred to in the industry as spot or solid colors. From a palette of 14 basic colors, each of the spot colors in the pantone matching system is mixed according to its own unique ink mixing formula developed by Pantone.

Here is an example of a Spot color sticker. It has 3 spot colors red, blue, and green. Spot color stickers are the best value but get more pricey as you add more colors. Process colors are represented as percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Varying the percentages offers thousands of color possibilities. This method of achieving color in printing is referred to as CMYK, four-color process, 4C process or even just process. To reproduce a color image in 4CP, a file is separated into 4 different colors, Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. The screened separations are then transferred to four different printing plates, one for each color, and run on a printing press with one color overprinting the next. The final piece will end up looking like the original artwork.

Here is an example of a Process sticker. These are kind of expensive but well worth it. You can have a wide range of colors and gradients and can duplicate more detailed stickers. If u have the money and want a really nice sticker, process is the way to go. Now you know the difference between Spot color and 4 Color Process.

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Convert an image from RGB to CMYK in Photoshop

How to change an image from RGB to CMYK.

For an image to be print ready, you must convert your image to CMYK.

When you open an image in Photoshop the default color mode is usually RGB.

To check, go to the image menu and select mode. As you can see it is RGB. But it needs to be CMYK, so change it to CMYK and your good to go.

Now your one closer to your sticker.

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How To Determine Max Print Size Using Photoshop

How to determine the maximum print size of your image using photoshop.
For your sticker to be the highest quality, we require a 300 dpi image.
If your image is larger than your desired sticker size, all you have to do is reduce your image size to achieve 300 dpi. If your image is smaller than your sticker size you cannot up-scale without loosing resolution, making it insufficient for printing..

I'll show you how to rescale your image without loosing resolution. First, go to the image menu, and select the "image size" option.

As you can see the image size is rather large, but the resolution is not. Simply un-click the resample image button and change the resolution to 300. Now your sticker can print at 5 x 3.75 in or smaller and will look great!

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Video Tutorial: How To Outline Fonts in Adobe Illustrator

How to Outline Fonts in Adobe Ilustrator 2017 StickerGiant

  • Avoid having to find and send fonts to your printer with Illustrator files.

  • For printers to use Illustrator files that contain type made with fonts they either need the actual font file or the fonts need to be outlined.

  • First open the file that you need to outline the fonts in, select the type that needs to be outlined.

  • Then go to the font menu, and select the "outline fonts" option.

  • Then save your file.

  • Now you don't have to hunt down the fonts to send to your printer.