Artwork Setup

How do I choose a good size for my sticker?

Some stickers don't need to be that big to make a big impact. A lot of common logo stickers found with products or in bags with purchases are around 2 inches big, or about the size of a sandwich cookie. On the other hand, car stickers will need to be bigger so they can be seen from farther away, and be large enough for big text if you plan on saying anything fun with your bumper stickers. Read more here.

How do I know how big my sticker or label will need to be?

This depends mostly on what you need your sticker and label for. We can print your products in custom sizes up to 11" x 14" and any size in between. The sizes you see on our product customization pages are just the most popular ones we see customers choose. Read more here.

What file types work best?

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: Ai, EPS, SVG, PDF, PSD, TIFF, JPGs, or PNGs. 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.

How to setup artwork files for custom stickers and labels

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. If you want to set up your own artwork we have all of our setup details listed here.

How do I set up my artwork for Clear Stickers or Labels?

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. Read more here.

What size should I build my final artwork file in when working in Photoshop or Illustrator?

When building your document, please make the document page size 1/4” larger in the height and width. This will account for the 1/8” bleed we need on all sides of your designs so we can make sure your shapes are cut accurately. You don't have to worry about putting in your cut lines, unless you want to, that's up to you and we're always here to help with that piece. We'll also show you where this line is on your proof. Read more here.

Do I need to use a flat black or rich black for my stickers or labels?

If you have black in your designs, we can print these in a rich black to get you the truest shade we can in your finished stickers or labels. The rich black color we use in our digital presses is: 40C 30M 20Y 100K for the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Blacks in your designs.

Can you make adjustments or add bleed to my artwork?

In a lot of cases we are able to make minor adjustments to the bleed of color in your designs, and make size adjustments. Let us know if you need help with this, and we'll see what we can do. Read more here.

How do I set up Sticker Sheets?

When we help with setting up your artwork, this includes Sticker Sheets. If you want to set up your own designs, the most important thing to remember is to leave enough room between your individual stickers on the sheet for clean cut lines around every design. Read more for some helpful tips on setting up your designs for printing as a custom Sticker Sheet. Read more here.

What are cut lines for stickers and labels?

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 pt stroke in 100% magenta. The cut path can have no sharp corners. Our standard corner radius is 1/8”. The minimum corner radius is 1/25" or .04”. Read more here.

How do I choose the best size for my labels?

Measuring the area where your labels will be applied will be the best way to make sure your final product will fit the way you intended. You can use a piece of paper cut to the size of the to-be-labeled area to map out the size and shape you'd like your label to be. Read more here.

How do I set up labels for my beer cans or bottles?

The best place to start is by measuring the can or bottle you plan on using, and deciding how much of a space you want (or don't want) to leave between where the label will meet at the back of your can. Since cans and bottles can be fairly standard in their size by how many ounces they hold there are some recommended sizes for labels for cans and bottles depending how many ounces they hold. Read more here.

How to customize colors in Adobe Illustrator?

Click on your color picker box in the lower left hand corner, and then drag your color to your new swatches window, and drop it there. Your new color will be available for future designs with all of your other color swatches. These can be organized and arranged as well. Read more here.

How to find fonts on your computer for sending in artwork files to be printed as custom stickers or labels

If your stickers or labels have text in the design, it's easy to find and send over the font you used in your designs as a file. This helps our Art Team keep your designs just how you want them, using your choice of font from start to finish. Your fonts can be found in your files, and will have the extension of ".ttf". Read more here.

What is the difference in raster and vector files for printing Custom Stickers?

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. Read more here.

How to outline fonts in Adobe Illustrator

Outlining your fonts in your artwork is a great way to make sure your sticker designs always look just right, even if you want to print different sizes from a resizeable design. This means your fonts are transformed from font into outlines of your font, which can be resized without adjusting the proportions of the text in your designs. Read more here.

How to prepare your designs for printing as custom labels

In some cases, the type of label you choose to have printed may influence how you will need to design your labels, along with what file types will work best for printing your labels. Glossy White, Matte and all Paper Labels can be printed from high quality raster or vector images. Clear Labels will print best with vector images, where a white layer of ink can be added behind your design, without interfering with your design and brand. Read more here.

How many colors can I have in my design?

The maximum amount of colors that we can print depends on the type of product we're printing. However, the maximum amount of visible colors that we can print with our full color process is fairly unlimited. The patterns of the 4-color process allow us to print just about every color available.

Should my print files be sent in CMYK or RGB color mode?

All print files should be in CMYK mode as this is the mode required for the printing process. If we receive files in RGB mode, we'll need to convert them to CMYK, which may shift the colors some.

Is a 1/8 inch margin and inset necessary? Is there any wiggle room?

After a lot of sticker printing, we've determined that having the 1/8" margin is a standard we can guarantee not having anything cut off of your image. There is a little bounce of the material through the press and cutting machines and we're confident in the 1/8" margin. With some designs and product types margins can be as narrow as 1/16". Let us know and we'll take a look at your design and see if it will work with the product you have chosen along with the size and shape. Learn more here.

How do I create a holographic effect for stickers or labels?

If you don't want to splurge on holographic stickers, we recommend getting a close runner up with a holographic effect in the design of your stickers. By adding a gradient and holographic colors to the background or elements in your stickers or labels, you can get an effect that looks a lot like a holographic sticker that can be printed on most sticker materials.

How do I get a glitter effect for my stickers and labels?

Find your favorite glitter background and add it into your designs. It is helpful to have a program like Adobe Illustrator that will let you work with layers in your designs so you can bring your glitter into your designs.