For the facebook stickers we printed, a pantone color match was important.
Full Color Stickers: A Video of Our Sticker Printing Process
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.
We print stickers at 1440 dpi. That means we can easily match every color and print even the most complex designs. Even highly detailed images always come out awesome. You can even send us your low-res artwork as is and we will redraw it from scratch to ensure optimal print quality.
“Sticker Robot prints better quality stickers than anyone else. And you can quote me on that, I’m a professional.”
“If you don’t use Sticker Robot, you’re doing it wrong. A quality product made for artists by artists, with plenty of love and junk thrown in for good measure.”
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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!
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.
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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)
Order some samples of the custom stickers our customers have trusted us to print and see the (amazing) quality of our sticker printing process with your own eye.
Our philosophy is simple: only sell products that we are ridiculously proud of making. Sticker Mule is our first time selling something and it’s been crazy fun. That’s partly because stickers are naturally fun and lovable. But more so because we know with certainty that we always turn out the best possible product.
We called a list of material vendors, including some large paper companies, and asked them a simple question: what’s the best possible vinyl material we could use for custom stickers? Inevitably, we decided on an extra thick 6 mil vinyl. It provides a great look and feel and lays down nice. Combined with a sturdy paper backing and protective laminate, our stickers are made from the best materials you’ll find.
Extreme close up of full color, CMYK process silkscreen sticker printing.
We know that a sticker is only as good as its adhesive. Like the vinyl we use, we set out to find the best adhesive. All of our stickers have a very strong adhesive that still keeps the surface intact if it needs to be removed.
There’s no reason why every custom sticker can’t be awesome. The cost difference between printing the best possible sticker versus something average is minimal. That’s why we only use the highest quality material and printing methods.
“I got samples from both Sticker_____ and Sticker___ but they couldn’t match Sticker Robot’s quality!”
“Sticker Robot has long been a trusted partner of B/D. They make all of our stickers look perfect regardless of how complicated a design we send them.”
We use a sturdy paper backing to boost the overall strength of the stickers so that they aren’t damaged when stored in your backpack or pocket. It also helps make them easier to peel whether your sticker is die cut, kiss cut or another style of sticker.
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.
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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.
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Here’s a quick overview of what Sticker Mule means by “high quality” stickers:
We make our stickers to withstand exposure to wind, rain and sunlight. In addition to premium vinyl, the stickers are coated with a protective UV laminate that makes them super durable and resistant to fading, scratching, tearing, and water. Depending on conditions, our stickers are fade resistant for 3 to 5 years. They can also be safely run through a dishwasher repeatedly.
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…
“CMKY values under 10% can get lost in the screen. Ideally they should be kept at either 0% or 10%.”
“To make a certain shade of orange, for example, we mix small dots of magenta ink with yellow ink.”
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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.
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.
“What looks like straight black ink is actually cyan, magenta, yellow and black.”
“If you’re in London and want to see the quality, check the nearest lamp post, if you wanna see how well they stick, just try & peel one down!”
We use a permanent adhesive for die cut stickers, transfer stickers, and floor graphics. While bumper stickers and wall graphics use a special removable adhesive.
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.