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Delivery (1.1/5.0) Ordered: 07/24 | Arrived: 09/11 = 35 Business Days
When looking at overall quality, the stickers from Vistaprint.com were just so-so. Almost all aspects of the print, from the precision of the cut around the border to the accuracy of the printed colors compared to specific Pantone colors in our design, were okay, but slightly off. The clarity of the design elements, such as text and lines, was also just okay, as was the stickability of the backside of the sticker.
See that high gloss “Hansky” Sticker? —-> It’s got 3 thick coats of clear UV ink. Your stickers will look the same way. We call it “Liquid Glass.”
Although the StickerYou.com ordering process and template selection are among the best, the actual print quality and delivery speed are pretty terrible. » Full Review
Besides a great ordering process and fast delivery time, 48HourPrints.com does not offer anything to make it stand out in the sticker printing realm. » Full Review
Zazzle.com’s sticker order was easily among the worst when looking at value. The quality of the stickers was extremely poor and received one of the worst ratings. The total cost and cost per print was not terrible, but was not nearly cheap enough to justify such horrific print quality. Overall, value was not these stickers’ strong suite.
“What looks like straight black ink is actually cyan, magenta, yellow and black.”
Zazzle.com gave us the most frustration when trying to order our stickers. The option to order stickers was a bit hidden in the navigation and tricky to find. We were able to view artwork before ordering and paying, but only after going through a disastrous file uploading process and an online sticker design tool that was anything but helpful.
The order from PsPrint.com boasted some of the best print quality out of all that we reviewed, earning a fantastic rating. However, along with that great quality was one of the highest starting costs and per print costs we saw. We certainly got what we paid for with such high-quality stickers, but the price was still a bit steep.
Our Zazzle.com order took five business days for production and shipping, which was the fastest delivery time out of all the sites we ordered stickers from. The package included a standard postal envelope with the sticker sheets protected and held secure on both sides by multiple pieces of thick cardboard.
The best aspect of our Vistaprint.com sticker order was the incredibly low starting cost and cost per print. However, the quality of the stickers was good but not the best, but with such an inexpensive order, we felt that the bang for your buck with these stickers was almost unbeatable.
We literally screen 3 passes of clear UV protection. If you understand how labor intensive silkscreen printing is, you will think we’re crazy for spending that much time, effort, and material to add extra life to our stickers. We are crazy… crazy for the best stickers on the planet. (Yes, that last sentence was a smooth use of the English language.)
In fact, a simple black and white sticker is not just black ink on white vinyl. It’s a combination of Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black and multiple passes of clear ink. The end result, even for a one color sticker, is very very thick ink.
Our Vistaprint.com order took seven business days for production and shipping, which was an average delivery time compared to the other sites we ordered stickers from. The package included a light postal envelope, with the sticker sheets protected on one side by a thin cardboard sheet.
Our 48HourPrint.com order took six business days for production and shipping, which was one of the fastest delivery times compared to other sites we ordered stickers from. The package included a large postal box with the stickers stacked and sandwiched by cardboard, all held secure with paper cushioning.
StickerYou.com specializes in printing stickers, and the ordering process was streamlined for just that. We were able to navigate through the site easily and got our order started quickly. The online sticker design tool was simple to use and full of features, and uploading our artwork files went smoothly and without hassle. Overall, one of our better ordering experiences.
In order to print our custom outdoor stickers, we use the highest quality materials and inks available. Most companies use the cheapest materials they can get in order to save money. Our sticker material is custom made to our high standards.
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.
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We found the stickers from 48HourPrint.com to be very average when looking at value. The quality of the stickers was fairly poor and did not receive the best rating. The starting price was also one of the most expensive we reviewed, and really left a lot to be desired when deciding overall value.
Each silkscreen sticker is run through the press 7 times! We add 3 clear coats of Gloss UV-Protective ink and 4 passes of color. That, mixed with our special printing technique results in the best and highest quality stickers on the market.
Delivery (3.9/5.0) Ordered: 07/25 | Arrived: 08/02 = 7 Business Days
With its selection of premade templates, Vistaprint is solid for designing stickers on-site, although the custom options and quality are somewhat lacking. » Full Review
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.
We had a great experience ordering stickers from Vistaprint.com. Despite the hugeness of the site, we were able to find our way through it without any problems, and started our sticker order quickly. Uploading artwork files was simple and quick, and the online sticker design tool nicely handled all our needs. The biggest problem was during checkout, when VistaPrint.com attacks you with special deals.
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.
“To make a certain shade of orange, for example, we mix small dots of magenta ink with yellow ink.”
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.
For quality, when it comes to the choice between Silkscreen or Digital Sticker Printing, there is simply no contest.
Our stickers really stick. As they should. We are printing custom, outdoor caliber stickers. Not “My Pretty Pony” postage stamps… Right?
No one can beat our quality. We will take the quality challenge with any sticker printing company on the planet. Seriously.
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.
For the facebook stickers we printed, a pantone color match was important.
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Although the stickability wasn’t the best, the stickers PsPrint.com sent us featured some of the best quality aspects out of all the orders we reviewed. The clarity of the design elements, such as text, lines, and gradients was fantastic, and the printed colors were very accurate to the specific Pantone colors included in our design.
48HourPrint.com’s ordering process was one of the better ones, we found. The process is aimed at a slightly more advanced user by requiring pre-made files to be uploaded, instead of offering an online sticker design tool. However, if you have those files, 48HourPrint.com will be hard to beat, offering everything from an easy ordering process to helpful information for your design.
Our StickerYou.com order took an unbelievable 35 business days for production and shipping, which was easily the slowest delivery out of all the sites we ordered stickers from. The packaging was also very poor, comprising of a thin envelope with the sheet of stickers stacked with a thin cardboard sheet.
The stickers from Zazzle.com were the worst in terms of quality. The cuts were extremely imprecise, and the color accuracy compared to the specific Pantone colors included in our design was also off. All that, plus an incredible lack of clarity in the design elements, such as text and lines, easily made these stickers the worst we reviewed.
Zazzle.com is great for printing terrible stickers quickly. They are one of the quickest to arrive, but are among the worst in almost every other category. » Full Review
Delivery (4.7/5.0) Ordered: 07/25 | Arrived: 08/01 = 6 Business Days
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Delivery (5.0/5.0) Ordered: 07/25 | Arrived: 08/01 = 6 Business Days
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.
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.
The low cost per print was one of the best, however the price reflected the quality of the print. And, although the starting price was actually one of the cheapest we reviewed, the lack of quality made this order unimpressive, and solidified this order as merely “allright.”
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Most aspects of the stickers from 48HourPrint.com were below average, highlighted by the subpar clarity of most design element details, such as text and lines. The printed colors were a bit off the specific Pantone colors included in our design, the cut around the border was terrible, and the stickability of the backside was average, making for a fairly low quality order.
“CMKY values under 10% can get lost in the screen. Ideally they should be kept at either 0% or 10%.”
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10pt board backing to be precise. This is the average thickness of a postcard. Thick backing means your stickers are much more durable. Also, this way your stickers can double as throwing stars..
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The StickerYou.com stickers had a very precise cut around the border, as well as fairly accurate printed colors compared to the specific Pantone colors included in our design. That said, the clarity of some design element details, such as text, lines, and gradients, was very poor, and the stickability of the backside was one of the least durable.
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Delivery (5.0/5.0) Ordered: 07/25 | Arrived: 07/31 = 5 Business Days
PSPrint.com features super-fast delivery speed, top-notch print quality, and solid overall value, making it our favorite site for printing stickers. » Full Review
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)
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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…
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PsPrint.com’s standard production and shipping order took six business days, which was one of the fastest delivery times compared to the other sites we ordered stickers from. The package included a durable postal box with the stickers bundled in a small cardboard case, secured with inflated plastic cushioning. PsPrint offers same day production and delivery options for a quicker turnaround.
Because of our unique sticker printing process, we run more coats of ink. Our inks are typically at least 5-10 times thicker than other silkscreen printers and at least 10x-20x thicker than digitally printed stickers.
Ordering our stickers through PsPrint.com was an above average experience. We were required to place an order and make a payment before being able to upload and view any artwork, which was somewhat frustrating. After that, things went more smoothly with an easy-to-navigate ordering system and a simple artwork file uploading process.
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