Sticker Design Rules

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Another trick to further increase the boldness and readability of your sticker text is to use contrasting colours. If you take a look at the Hackathon sticker above for example, you’ll notice that the word ‘Hackathon’ is printed in white text on a dark red background. These two colours are highly contrasting and therefore, the text appears to stand out even further.

It’s also important to remember that although this guide should act as a rough guideline for your design, the success of your own sticker will ultimately be down to your own creativity, so make sure to spend enough time (or perhaps money, if you’re hiring a professional design) on the design/concept to make it worthwhile.

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PROtip: at 300dpi : 38 pixels is the equivalent of 1/8 inch.

For sketching I use Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. I like it. It has low overhead, great responsiveness & a simple interface. It also doesn’t judge me.

If you are looking to create a more custom-shaped design like the sticker above, the best option is to simply print your sticker on clear vinyl. By doing this, you’ll be able to create an entirely customised design even though technically, your sticker will still be a regular square/rectangular shape (it’s just that part of the sticker will be entirely transparent).

Since I decided to do a die-cut sticker I need to create the die line that will be used to cut the shape. It’s important to have this 1/8″ away from the artwork since it can move ever so slightly in the printing process and you don’t want to clip the artwork, now do you?

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Select your artwork, ignoring the background. From that selection, choose ‘select>expand’ and expand it by that magical number: 38px. This gives you a rough die cut outine that you can tweak in various ways to you liking. I tend to use this die cut selection to create a new layer & fill it a solid color. I can then add and subtract to it until it looks sexy.

So you’ve finished your art? Great work! I knew you could do it!*

The problem is that stickers are usually viewed from quite a distance. If your sticker ends up being stuck to someone’s laptop cover, car bumper, a lamp post or any of the many other possibilities, the target audience for your sticker will be anywhere from a few feet to a couple of hundred metres away.

One thing you might have already noticed from just about every sticker that we’ve showcased so far in this guide is that they’re all pretty simplistic and to-the-point. For almost all stickers, this is something that you need to keep in mind during the design process.

Sans serif typography can often appear more bold and readable when printed in small font sizes, so keep that in mind. However, don’t use sans-serif fonts just for the sake of it, especially if it doesn’t fit in with your brands existing visual identity.

One hugely important thing to focus on when designing your sticker is the choice of typography you opt for. It’s likely that your sticker will communicate a message and if so, you need to ensure that this message is readable to the intended audience of your sticker.

Recently Sticker Robot approached me and asked me to share my extensive, elaborate, and completely scientific process on making art for a sticker. I said I would not, but instead offered to give a generalized overview of my workflow. He thought about it, and then kicked me in the cock with one of his robot feet…

Call-to-actions are often used throughout a variety of different marketing mediums and typically, you’ll see them on banners (both online and offline), leaflets, websites (i.e. landing pages)and sometimes leaflets/brochures. However, a lot of stickers don’t use an effective call-to-action and for many, this is a mistake.

Just because uppercase typography and certain contrasting colours might have the greatest impact when it comes to getting noticed, you should never incorporate colours or typography that don’t reflect your brand or adhere to your already-existing brand identity.

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As I work to bring the form into focus, I often turn down the ink layer to get a gauge on the form. In this case, I have no reference to use so I’m more concerned with generalizing the light and faking some dimension than making a photographic representation of the alien mofo.

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If you take a look at the Healthy Horwitz stickers, you’ll see that the designers have opted for just one main bright block colour for each of the designs. You can see how these would stand out beautifully from a distance and grab the attention of passers-by.

As an example of this, take a look at the Apple stickers above. Essentially, these are nothing more than stickers of the white Apple logo that virtually all of us will recognise. These stickers have no text at all and no bright colours, yet they reflect the brand perfectly. Why? Because Apple is known for their minimalistic design approach and in some respects, a blatant disregard for the rules.

Once you’re sticker art is ready to roll, place your order (with stickerobot.com, punky brewster!) and then set up camp by your mail box and wait for your stickers to arrive! Be sure to bring a bottle or can to save your bodily waste and a plenty of glue for sniffing!

If you’re unfamiliar with what a call-to-action actually is, it’s essentially an image or line of text that actively prompts the recipient/viewer to take a specific course of action. It could be giving your business a call, visiting a website or following a social media profile.

If you look at any sticker design out there, you’ll notice that text is used extremely sparingly. In fact, a lot of sticker designs don’t utilise any text at all. For example, take a look at the HTML5 stickers above.

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Using a wacom tablet or Cintiq, the toolset and pressure sensitivity can be adjusted to a near perfect digital facsimile of pen and ink. I also recommend a felt or flex nib to give you good drag like pencil on paper. (I like drag!)

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When used appropriately and designed well, stickers can be a brilliant marketing material for just about any business. The problem is, most people don’t have a clue where to start when it comes to designing stickers and more often than not, even graphic designers without sufficient experience in sticker design can make a mess of the design process.

It’s also important to remember that most printing companies will require that you either flatten or outline your fonts (depending on whether you’re using Photoshop or Illustrator). In Photoshop, you need to both rasterize your text/fonts and then flatten the entire image. To do this, simply go to the “Layer” menu and then click “Flatten Image” (as pictured above).

Question: So how you do it, Mr. Yeti? How!? TELL ME! I’m a cheater!!!!!!

Now, obviously, you could draw half of it and copy/flip it in the end. Of course, drawing half and seeing it all in real time is better and more natural – it allows you to gauge the full composition while also cheating like a bastard!

Now you’ve designed the perfect sticker for your business, there’s only one thing left to think about: the printing process. Although this might be the final hurdle, it can be the most complicated part of the process for many.

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A number of things can act as a great call-to-action on your sticker; it could be your phone number, Twitter handle, address or even a QR code. Just don’t make it too obvious, you don’t want to use your sticker as a “hard sell” as this will alienate your audience.

In this case, I select the background color to start, since it is really our base fleshtone. I’ll create a new layer and set it to multiply. I then lightly drop in shadow areas with my brush opacity at around 50% and try to – really quickly and roughly – bring out the form.

The reason for these requirements is to ensure that none of your text is accidentally cut-off during the trimming process. The bleed ensures that you’re not left with an undesirable white/clear line around the edge of your sticker design should the trimming process be one or two millimetres out.

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If you take a look at the sticker above from Kapture, you’ll see another great example of how keeping things simple and to-the-point can actually create a greater impact. Most people are aware of the “I [heart] New York” logo and this simple yet clever design plays on that fact. It replaces the [heart] with the Kapture logo.

It’s important to remember that making your sticker bright and colourful doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to use every colour of the rainbow in your design though. Often, just one or two colours will work best (you can learn more about colour theory in this fantastic article).

The golden rule with sticker design is to communicate your message as simply and effectively as possible. The less text you can use, the better (in most cases).

Not sure what a QR code is? Take a look at our recent blog post explaining what QR codes are and how they work.

For this project I rolled Autodesk Sketchbook pro, Manga Studio, and Adobe Photoshop. And you can too!*

We consulted with them and created the following guide to walk you through the process of designing and printing the perfect sticker.

Although it’s important to take into account colour schemes, typography and so forth, it’s also important that your brand stays at the heart of your design.

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If you were creating a flyer or a leaflet, it would be perfectly acceptable to include paragraphs of text written in a relatively small typeface but with stickers, this would be a big mistake. The aim of stickers isn’t to give the audience your life story, it’s simply to create brand visibility and attract attention (in most cases at least).

I create a new document in Manga Studio and bring the sketch in (copy/paste works fine from sketchbook pro). I then resize to my liking and take the opacity of the sketch layer down to around 20% and then create a new layer to start inking on.

From the file menu, select ‘export’ and export your image in the format of your liking. I usually choose BMP – so suck on that TIFF, you cocky son of a bitch!

I create a new CMYK document with the proper sizing I want to use. I chose to work at twice the physical size of my sticker at 300dpi (300dpi is the minimum dpi you should work with for your sticker, for best results). So, for instance, if you’re sticker is to be a 2″ x 4″ in the end, I’ll work it at 4″ x 8″. After I’m finished with the color I will bring the file size down to match the output.

These can also be printed in reverse if you’re planning to stick them on windows or another transparent surface (please give us a call if you’re looking to do this, we’re always happy to help!).

To get your work printed these days, you’ll need to get them into a ‘computer machine’… To that end, I work primarily digital from start to finish for maximum control and expediency.

I was picturing an aged and frail E.T. alone in an abandoned shed. Living there, tied to a milk crate removed from Elliot’s bike many years ago… Sheltered in darkness, with only a small hole in the roof for light, and a battered body of scars and bruises for companions… Living in constant fear of the inevitable returning visitor that takes shape in the form of a matured Elliot… (A superfluous side note: Elliot was in a car accident years prior that left him with a limp, a bit deranged, and super mega horny!)

Once the main lines for the crate are in place, I’ll turn off the straight line tool and symmetry tool (just click on them icons again) and then start refining the forms.

Sketching from an idea is great, but getting your idea from blindly sketching with no direction is often more rewarding!

One tactic that almost never fails to grab attention is to use humour in your marketing materials. People love to laugh and if you can use subtle humour in your sticker design, it’s much more likely that they’re remember your business for all the right reasons.

It might seem like a lot of information to take-in but if you work through this guide in order, you’re almost certain to end up with not only a great sticker design but also a design that has the desired impact.

It’s the same for the sticker design above. At first glance, all you see is the Twitter logo and the Twitter handle but in reality, this is acting as a call-to-action. The Twitter handle is discreetly prompting the recipient/viewer of the sticker to follow them on Twitter (or at least visit their Twitter profile).

…If you like where this is going, you can read more about this in my upcoming “E.T./Quantum Leap“ fan-fiction cross-over novella: “I Want You to Kill Me, Ziggy”.

Listen kids, you know there are many tools and many ways to make pretty pictures. So, make the pretty pictures in any way you want. I won’t judge you!*

For my workflow, I select the pen tool (NOT THE BRUSH TOOL) and using the sub menu (DOUBLE CLICK THE DESIRED TOOL ICON), choose a pen of my liking. I like to use ‘brush’ for broad work and ‘g’ for fine detail work. Ultimately, it’s what you’re comfortable with. My brush pen settings are pictured below.

It’s almost entirely down to personal preference when it comes to matte vs. glossy but in some cases, a matte finish can give a more premium look and feel to your stickers.

You need to ensure that you choose both a bold and clear typeface that will be readable from a distance. Take the Hacker sticker design above for example; you can see that the designer has utilised a bold and highly-readable typeface. The impact and readability of the text has further been increased through the use of solely uppercase type and a large font size (thus increasing readability from a distance).

An example of the usefulness of sketchbook pro is with the milk crate in this piece. It is pretty much head on and makes for a great symmetrical element. As such, sketchbook pro has great symmetry tools and straight-line tools to help us expedite this more mechanical element.

For this project, I turned on my ‘heartlight’. I reached deep into my psyche, and tried to picture an alternate take on E.T. for the 21st century…

You can see an example of how this can be used on the Givespark stickers above. Although the stickers appear to have a white background, they are actually printed on clear vinyl (the white is caused by the paper-backing). This can be useful if you’re planning to use your stickers on a transparent surface (e.g. plastic or glass).

I drop in my chicken skratch to a layer just so i get the general proportions and flow if there is one (in this case, I’m not so sure there is anything redeeming, but I’m respectful of my marks and don’t want to hurt their feelings).

I like to work quick and loose when I have no preconceived idea. I’ll often lay down general shapes for compositional targets to give a framed target to the play-field.

PROtip: don’t use the eraser tool. Instead, you can select to use any pen or brush with a transparent ink that essentially erases just like the eraser but with your comfortable and familiar settings.

It’s also important to ensure that you correctly set up your file size and resolution as failure to do this can often result in an unintentional outcome.

The sticker design above from Agave Syrup represents these points perfectly. Not only does it show their logo, but it’s also consistent with their brand identity across other mediums (as represented by the bottle).

I always start from the middle tone and work darks first, then light, and lastly highlight. Why? No clue – personal preference? Brain wiring? Large genitalia? Probably a combination.

When it comes to actually printing your stickers, you have a few different options in terms of the material they’re printed on. Almost all stickers will be printed on some form of PVC/vinyl but the exact properties of that vinyl can make a huge difference to the end result.

If you’re planning to use your sticker for marketing/promotional purposes, it’s not just about creating a pretty sticker, you also have to keep a number of other things in mind. You need to think about the message you want to communicate, the actual copy of your sticker, the sizing/shape, the typography and of course, the actual printing process (which can often be the most daunting part of the process if you haven’t designed for print before).

One of the main aims of a promotional sticker is to increase brand visibility so if your sticker doesn’t represent your brand, it’s not going to have the desired impact or create a return on your investment.

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This project was created using a *gasp* Windows based computer machine (PUNK RAWK! …although I do have a mac – put the gun down…) with a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD. I use many types of software, and pick and choose based on the process, desired output, and arbitrary roll of a 20-sided die.

It’s important to realise that you aren’t bound to sticker designs that are just a few centimetres in diameter either. Most modern day printing companies will allow you to create stickers up to a few feet in size and length. This can be great if you’re looking to create a wall sticker like the one pictured above.

It might sound pretty complicated but don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the process. We’ve designed stickers for hundreds of happy clients here at FastPrint.co.uk and our team of designers are well-versed in the art of sticker design.

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Most people tend to think of call-to-actions as lines of text such as “Call now for your free no obligation quote” but truthfully, call-to-actions can be much more subtle than this. It’s these kind of subtle and non-obtrusive call-to-actions that are best used in sticker designs.

Using humour in this way can be a great way to ensure that your sticker makes a lasting impression and ultimately, generates a good return on your investment. It might not be suitable for every brand though, so make sure it aligns with your existing brand identity.

Here’s another great example of subtle humour used in a sticker design. This large wall sticker has been placed strategically next to a power socket to make it look as though the power socket is powering the ‘mind’. It also has the caption “Keep it on” in large, uppercase letters (see point #3) which further adds to the humour (and helps it to stand out).

Answer: Click on the horizontal symmetry tool and in this case, the straight line tool to speed things up. Then draw lines on one half of the page and watch them magically drawn on the other!!!! VOOOOOODOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

You also need to set the correct size for your project too. Luckily, this is pretty straightforward; so long as you know how big you want your stickers to be, you can either set this in inches, centimetres or millimetres (whichever you prefer). So long as you ensure that you’re set to 300DPI, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Now that the document is ready for the color, I’ll usually drop in a midtone background for a base. Often just a warm or cool grey, but for this I created a warm brownish hue (reminds me of that salad). Why? ‘Cause I can! I’M IN CONTROL!!!!!

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Third: Solidify the shape and forms until you’re happy with the sketch. I will sometimes leave areas intentionally loose and decide on the refinement in the ink stage. This is a personal preference that really is a result of a personal distaste for following the rules. (PUNK RAWK!!!! And I just used the word ‘personal’ in a needlessly redundant manner in that statement! Yipeeeeeee!!!!)

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If you take a look at the clever and beautifully designed wine bottle above, you’ll start to see what we mean by subtle humour. You can see that this wine bottle sticker has been designed to resemble a flight boarding card but instead of flight information, the boarding card contains information related to the wine (e.g. country of origin etc).

Before you start thinking about any other aspect of your design, you need to make a decision as to the size and shape of your sticker. In most cases, this will almost solely depend on the intended use of the sticker.

Knowing this, I use the ‘marquee‘ tool to create a fixed size selection of 38 x 38 pixels. I use this as a measurement tool. I move it to the furthest bits of art on all sides & drag a ruler guide to give me an idea of my safe zone for the die cut. This isn’t necessary, but can be helpful when refining your shape in the next step.

If you take a look at the sticker above (taken from the Design Month designs once again), you’ll notice that there is no obvious call-to-action. In reality, it’s the QR code that acts as the call-to-action as it prompts the recipient/viewer to scan the code. It might not be obvious, but it’s still there.

I then make a new layer to work on. It’s here I’ll start to refine the drawing and drink liquor.

As we briefly mentioned in the last point, the aim of a sticker isn’t to tell the audience your life story or inform them about every single product you offer (you can let a leaflet/brochure take care of that) but instead, to attract attention for your brand and increase brand awareness.

“At that point you can choose to flatten color areas and continue to refine, or squash that bastard down to half size and have it refined for you” – Steven Spielberg

Well, hello! I didn’t see you over there… I’m afraid you caught me fresh from the shower. I’m so embarrassed, as all I have is this small hand towel for cover… I should probably get dressed, but I’m sure you’re in a hurry, so perhaps I’ll just begin…

Another option available to you is printing your stickers on a clear sheet of vinyl. As we mentioned earlier in the guide, this can be a great option if you’re looking to create a custom-shaped design but don’t want to pay a premium for a die-cutting process.

It’s for this reason that, in most cases, you should make sure your sticker is bright and colourful. Making your sticker colourful will ensure that it grabs the attention of its target audience and gets the attention it deserves.

Perhaps the most common shape for a sticker is a regular rectangular and square design (like the stickers from LouLou & Tummie above). These are often the most cost-effective stickers to produce as they don’t require any additional die-cutting process or custom shaping.

Clearly, this small amount of text (five words in total) has much more of an impact than a whole paragraph telling people about where ideas might come from. Less is more when it comes to sticker design.

It doesn’t matter where you plan on using your sticker, the aim is usually to grab people’s attention. If you’re creating a promotional sticker for marketing purposes, this will almost always be the case, no matter what form your sticker happens to be in (e.g. regular adhesive sticker, vehicle sticker etc).

If you use too many colours in your design, you run the risk of creating a cluttered and quite frankly ugly design, so make sure to stick to just two or three main colours.

They call me Zombie Yeti. I like to draw. Sometimes I make Custom Stickers too.

If you’ve ever purchased wine from the supermarket then you’ll likely have felt perplexed at the many different wines on offer, all of which have seemingly similar stickers. You can imagine how this unique humorous wine sticker would help to ensure that this particular wine stands out from the crowd and gets the attention it deserves.

One choice you have is whether the material on which you print your stickers has a matte or glossy finish. Almost all printing companies will give you a choice here (including ourselves at FastPrint.co.uk) and ultimately, the decision is down to you. The stickers above have a glossy finish (as you can see from the slight shine they have). Matte stickers will have less of a shine.

Re-enactment of Z’Yeti at work. Some desk-o-rations have been changed to protect their identities.

Here’s another beautifully colourful yet rather simple sticker from theint.ro. Again, it only uses two main colours (yellow and dark grey) but still, the design is bright, clean and colourful.

This admittedly is only my 3rd digital painting, so do seek out experienced folks for a digital painting tutorial. That said, I primarily use a default round brush with various opacity and flow settings. One thing that is important if you want to keep your strokes smooth like a criminal is the spacing setting of your brush. This is cpu intensive so depending on your rig, you may have to settle a bit, but if possible – turn it down to 1%.

If you’re thinking about designing your own sticker in order to market your business (or perhaps just as a personal project), you’ll likely have realised there’s a lot more to the design process than first meets the eye.

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It’s easy to overcomplicate your design and while a plethora of information might be appropriate for leaflets, brochures or flyers, stickers should almost always be as simple and as minimalistic as possible. In many cases, your company’s logo might be all that’s needed to communicate the desired message and increase brand awareness (take the aforementioned Apple stickers for instance).

At FastPrint.co.uk, we can create stickers up to four feet wide and virtually any length you desire, so please give us a call if you’re looking to create a large sticker.

Once I’m finished with my inky lines, I need to get the inks out of Manga Studio and into Photoshop. Why? Just to prove I’m in control.

Once the document is created, I open my exported ink work from Manga Studio (in photoshop, stupid!) and drop it in a layer of the new document. You can use your line work over a new color layer and select ‘multiply’ to see through to the color, or you can go to ‘select>color range‘ and cut out your lines (I prefer this as i like to play with my line colors).

In some cases however, text will be necessary and can actually help to attract attention for your stickers. For example, take a look at the sticker design(s) above which were created for Design Month. The aim of these stickers was to attract attention for the month and as you can see, the text really helps this. It asks a simple question “Where do ideas come from?”. This is enough to grab people’s attention and get them thinking. It also invokes a sense of curiosity and makes them want to know the answer.

“Working larger and then reducing helps create and retain detail” – Steven Speilberg

In early stages, I work using a handful of layers to experiment. I’ll work at low opacity until I’m more comfortable with the direction and then I merge the layers and begin to work more opaque.

You can see a representation of the bleed, trim and safe areas on the image above. If you use a different printing company, the requirements for bleed and trim may vary so make sure that you consult with them before going ahead with your design.

PROtip: Originally E.T.’s space cock weiner was to be hanging out through the crate handle hole. True! Look closely at the rough sketch!

Most printing companies (including ourselves) require a resolution of 300DPI. If you’re using Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, it’s likely that any new project will be set to 72DPI by default, so make sure you change this before going ahead with your sticker design. You can do this when you set up a new project (as pictured in the Photoshop screenshot above).

Once the shaping is to your liking, use your selection and ‘edit>stroke‘ that bitch! (3px width stroke for the sake of readability at 300dpi, says me)

I’ll then rough out my palette, grab a few accent colors and play on the sides to get some sort of approach.

I’ll continue to push and pull areas of light and dark until I’m relatively happy with things.

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Obviously, we’re not all running the biggest company in the world (i.e. Apple) so what about the rest of us? Well, it’s important to use a colour scheme that reflects your brand and that is also consistent across all other visual media (leaflets, banners, website etc). It’s also usually a good idea to include your logo in the sticker as this is likely the most recognisable part of your visual identity.

These are nothing more than simple icons and no text has been used at all. The reason for this is simple; the intended audience of these stickers will already recognise the HTML5 icons and therefore, no text is needed. More of an impact is created without any text.

In Adobe Illustrator, you’ll need to go to the “Type” menu and click “Create Outlines”.

One other important thing to note is that in order to obtain the desired outcome when printing your stickers, you should make sure you opt for a reputable printing company with plenty of experience in sticker printing (we’ve got years of experience at FastPrint.co.uk).

Here’s another fantastic sticker design that uses a regular square shape for the design. As you can see, it’s a pretty simple yet beautifully designed sticker which just goes to show that you can do a lot with a regular square/rectangular design; it’s all down to the creative process

Lastly, you need to ensure that you set up your bleed and trim correctly. At FastPrint.co.uk, we require that all stickers have a 3mm bleed (the area outside the trim) to account for any discrepancies. We also require that you keep any text within a safe area which is located 3mm inside the trim line.

Why use manga for inks? Manga Studio has the most natural feeling ink tools of any software I’ve used. The program is robust with low overhead, so it’s great for moderate rigs as well.

It’s also possible to print designs in reverse if you want to place your sticker on the inside of a window yet you want it to be visible from outside. This can be a little more complex but feel free to give us a call if you’re interested in doing this (we’re always happy to help!).

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