Using these simple tips will help you to make the best quality full color stickers. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
Now you only need to print and add some finish to the project. Flip your graphics horizontally to ensure your stickers will print in the right orientation.
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Colors of a light shade that use small quantities of all 4 process colors are the hardest to balance. Bear this in mind when designing your full color stickers. Generally, CMKY values under 10% can get lost in the screen – ideally they should be kept at either 0% or 10%. Looking at Alex Pardee’s sticker example below, you’ll notice the light yellow has the following color values: C-0 M-0 Y-15 K-0.
Believe it or not, our black ink is not only black ink. It also consists of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. We literally mix all 4 colors to achieve the ultimate black. It makes for an extremely rich, thick and very durable color. We typically change our customer’s artwork to correct this, but just so you’re aware, for our specific setup, the optimum black mix is 100% Cyan, 85% Magenta, 85% Yellow and 100% Black. (C-100 M-85 Y-85 K-100)
Browse the Internet for some ideas. For starters, check sites like Flickr, DeviantArt or Pinterest or look at our previously published stickers.
To get started, you need to find the right idea. Even if you don’t have one, you can come up with something by looking at other people’s work and taking inspiration from them.
And finally, here’s a look at how we print our full color, silkscreen stickers. A lot of time and energy goes into making the highest quality sticker on the planet. This video shows our CMYK, silkscreen printing process.
Over the years, we have printed millions of stickers and in that time we have developed some good techniques on how to take advantage of Sticker Robot’s unique sticker printing methods. Our vibrant colors and overall sticker quality are world renowned, so today we want to share some simple tips on how to create the best quality full color, CMYK stickers…
For the facebook stickers we printed, a pantone color match was important.
With the Pen tool, trace over your sketch, moving your anchor points as you proceed. Vary your stroke width to emulate inking (this is fairly easy if you are using a vector graphics editor).
“What looks like straight black ink is actually cyan, magenta, yellow and black.”
Test on normal paper to make sure all the stickers fit properly and the print quality is as you wish before you use the inkjet vinyl.
First of all, you will need a computer, access to an inkjet printer and an image editor. It doesn’t have to be Photoshop or Illustrator. Free software like GIMP or InkScape will do just fine.
A straightforward concept will work best, especially if you are a beginner at this. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.
Making your own stickers isn’t as hard as you may think, even if you’re adding another element to it like vinyl. It won’t take complicated software and expensive materials. All you need is a little patience and creativity!
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Unless you want black and white stickers, select bold, attractive hues to add color to the sticker. Crisp, simple graphics will look more striking in the final product.
Don’t worry if you make mistakes at first. Just be patient and correct them. You can reuse the same settings to easily make more stickers in the future and have more fun!
After printing your stickers, apply the clear laminate over the vinyl sheet with the graphics facing up. Cut your stickers out with scissors or a trimmer.
Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think. And feel free to chime if you have any input or additional tips!
Extreme close up of full color, CMYK process silkscreen sticker printing.
The first thing to understand is that we are working with process color, where we are combining primary colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black) to literally create thousands of colors. To make a certain shade of orange, for example, we print small dots of magenta and once the sticker sheets are dry, we print the yellow ink. (See image below.) Pretty cool, right? Using this process, there can sometimes be very minor resulting streaks and dots, typically not noticeable to the naked eye. The subtle dithering is entirely due to the CMYK process. It can be more noticeable with certain colors than others, like grays for example.
You will also need adhesive vinyl sheets to print on, clear laminate to coat the stickers and scissors. A scanner or a camera is optional.
“CMKY values under 10% can get lost in the screen. Ideally they should be kept at either 0% or 10%.”
To bring your concept to life, you need to create a document in the size of your printing paper, choosing a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch and the CMYK color space.
“To make a certain shade of orange, for example, we mix small dots of magenta ink with yellow ink.”
If 100% exact color reproduction is important to your sticker design, and/or in order to get a large area of exact solid color, you may prefer a custom pantone (PMS) run. With pantone sticker printing, we can match an exact color that you specify. It is much more precise, but also more expensive. We do offer pantone runs, but because of the labor and additional costs involved, and depending on the quantities and sticker size, the cost can be considerably higher and is typically best suited for large custom runs of 25,000 stickers and up.
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When your artwork will allow, avoid designing large areas of solid color. In the example below, rather than creating a background color of solid red (which would consist of various amounts of magenta and yellow) we decided to add extra design elements, and distress the background design. Since this was an important sticker design that reflected the high quality of our sticker printing process, we decided to breakup the large areas of solid color, which allowed us to avoid any subtle dithering. The textural composition worked well with this design.
Sketching on paper will definitely help you in fine-tuning your ideas. Maybe you have several by now, but putting them on paper will show you what works best.
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Scan your sketch or take a high-quality photo of it and import it into your document. Remember to clean it up a bit with the help of the contrast adjustment.
Add another element to your stickers by printing them on vinyl!
Copy your sticker graphics multiple times all over your document, minding to keep the stickers away from the borders.
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If you’re comfortable with it, you can start with digital drawing. If you are not a skilled artist, don’t worry. Your sketch doesn’t have to be perfect because you will be able to fix it through post-processing.
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You don’t need a lot of stuff to make your stickers, but you do need to make all the necessary preparations in advance if you want to complete the project quickly.
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In the meantime, here’s a gallery of some detailed images of various full color stickers. All of the examples below were printed using only 4 colors! Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.