Vinyl Decal Printing

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Sketch out your design on paper. Don’t worry about drawing all the details. You just want to get a basic idea of how your design will look before you attempt to make it on the computer. Make sure your design is small enough to fit on an 8 x 11 inch (20.

3 x 27.9 cm) piece of paper.[2] If you’re just starting out making vinyl stickers, keep your design simple. If you’re having trouble coming up with a design, use graphics or images from online instead.

Weeding one vinyl decal is already quite a lot of work. Doing option 1 above is very time consuming to produce and would mean your decal would get very expensive. Doing option 2 above means you’d have to stick multiple layers on your surface, which can be a serious pain. While we do this sort of thing all the time for businesses that hire our professional services, we rarely include it in our products. Why? Because some customers already struggle with applying their decal. It can get a bit tricky with all the bits and pieces. Imagine trying to do multiple layers!

An effective logo is a critical component of any business. It is the face of your company and represents your brand identity. It may seem daunting that the creation of such a small element can be so important. Never fear, we have a quick guide to help you in your logo design.

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Click the print preview button to see how your stickers will print. If any of the copies of your design are cut off in the margin, move them in further away from the edge of the template. Make sure none of the copies are overlapping.

You might have heard the terms vinyl stickers and vinyl decals before and wondered what the difference is? It’s not surprising you might be confused. A lot of people seem to use the terms interchangeably. Or they think that hearing the word vinyl immediately means decal. But vinyl stickers and vinyl decals are very different and it’s important to understand the difference when buying online in our shop. You need to be sure you’re getting what you want!

We understand that you don’t want to waste your time or money ordering a custom product from StickerYou that isn’t going to fit your needs, so we created this chart to help you determine which material is best for your custom stickers, labels, or wall decals.

Once the vinyl has been cut it’s removed from the machine and laid on a table for weeding. Weeding is when the excess vinyl (the negative space in your decal) is removed by hand. This can be quite a time consuming process depending on the complexity of the design. Check out the video below for an example of what this looks like. Thankfully we can speed it up so you won’t be watching for hours!

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Print your design from the editing software onto a sheet of vinyl paper. Make sure the computer you’re using is set to print to the ink jet printer. Locate the print button in the image editing software and click on it.

Wait for the printer to print your stickers and then grab them from the printer.[7]

Logo stickers are an important marketing tool for your brand. They are so versatile they can stick on just about anything. StickerYou’s design tool enables you to make and order the best custom logo stickers in the world. You can determine the exact size, shape, and quantity of logo stickers you require. Get die-cut stickers to the shape of your logo, or design circle, rectangle or oval stickers that encompass your logo. Use our design tool to add text, color or other image elements to your logo such as social media hashtags or website information. Order logo stickers on pages or as hand-outs for give-aways. StickerYou gives you all the options based on what your marketing needs are. Create your own logo stickers for laptops, business cards, as bumper stickers, or to enhance personalized gifts, or simply to give away to your fans. StickerYou’s stickers are weather resistant, will endure the outdoors and even dishwashers! When it comes to applying, they have ‘bubble-free’ technology so applying them is always smooth and easy. They stick well but when it comes time to remove them, they remove clean leaving no messy residue behind. Logo stickers will make your brand stick!

Custom Vinyl Logo Stickers are versatile for unifying your brand, creating unique promotional material, or tailoring to your personal needs. Our vinyl labels and stickers are waterproof, durable and long lasting.

At Vinyl Revolution, we specialise in making the best quality vinyl products possible. That’s why we want to make sure everyone can understand the differences between vinyl stickers and decals. It’s not rocket science. It’s just some simple vinyl science that everyone can wrap their heads around (excuse the pun – we just can’t help ourselves).

Have a look at the products above. The similarity between these three stickers might be harder to notice than for the decals at the start of this post. But there is one thing they all have in common. Each of these vinyl stickers is printed onto vinyl using a wide-format printer. We load a roll of digital vinyl that absorbs the inks we use and keeps them looking great for ages. We use special repositionable vinyl for our stickers because it is much easier to apply and remove than other stickers while benefiting from all the long-lasting properties of vinyl. This is particularly important for wall stickers, when you don’t want to damage your wall upon removal. Here’s a photo of one of our printers in our studio in Oxford. Looks a little more complicated than the plotter doesn’t it?

Use a pointed tool to scrape of the unwanted areas of sticker, then save or discard before applying the transfer film or paper.

Apple Tennis Ball Vinyl Sticker for Macbook (13/15) or Laptop

The two most versatile sticker and label materials are BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) and white removable vinyl material. We’re here to help you decide which material you should choose.

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Paste the design you created in the new document. If you want to make multiple stickers of the same design, paste the design multiple times and arrange the copies in rows. Make sure none of the copies are in the margins of the template or they won’t print onto the paper.

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Create your design on the computer using image editing software. If you don’t have Photoshop or Illustrator, use a free image editing software like GIMP. Recreate your sketched design using your software’s drawing and editing tools, or scan and upload your sketch and work from that.

If you’re making a colored design, use bold, vibrant colors that will show up well when printed.[3] Make sure the resolution of your design is at least 300 pixels per 1 inch (2.5 cm).

At StickerYou, we are asked daily, “what is the difference between a sticker, a label and a decal?”. The short answer- It all depends on how you’re gonna use it.

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Apply an over-laminate sheet over your stickers. Peel back the backing at the top of the over-laminate sheet and line the top edge of the laminate up with the top edge of the vinyl paper. Use your fingers to press the laminate onto the vinyl paper so it sticks.

[8] You can find over-laminate online or at your local office supplies store.

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Vinyl stickers can still have shapes cut out of them. In fact, most of our stickers have shapes cut out of them. They just look much better when stuck to your surface like that. We actually die-cut all of our stickers to make them look even better. That means that after your sticker is printed onto the roll of vinyl, the same machine goes back and cuts a contour for each sticker into the role. This cutting process is exactly the same as for decals with one important difference: the blade is set to cut all the way through the vinyl and backing paper (rather than just the vinyl). This creates a die-cut sticker that we pop out of the big vinyl roll and quality control before preparing it to be sent anywhere in the world.

Mandala Owl On Honey Pot Vinyl Wall Art Sticker by Kitty Foster

Open a new 8 x 11 inch (20.3 x 27.9 cm) document in your image editing software. If the software you’re using doesn’t let you specify the size when you open a new document, edit the size after you open the document.

Look for the size button in your software’s menu bar.[4]

Look at other vinyl sticker designs for inspiration. Do an online search for “vinyl stickers” or “vinyl sticker designs.” Pay attention to what you like and don’t like about the different designs you see.

Try to find stickers that are similar to the ones you want to make.[1] For example, if you want to make vinyl stickers to put on your laptop case, look for stickers other people have made to put on their computers.

This will give you an idea of what size and color your design should be.

Have a quick look at the products above. Do you notice any similarity between them? These are all vinyl decals. There’s a decal for a macbook, a vehicle and a wall. But the important thing is that they are all vinyl decals! You can get decals in lots of different colours and finishes but they are usually only in one single colour. Why? Because vinyl decals are physically cut from a roll of vinyl by a magical machine called a vinyl cutter or plotter. Here’s what our cutter looks like in our studio in Oxford.

Cut out the laminated stickers from the sheet of vinyl. Use a ruler and a craft knife to make precise straight cuts. If your sticker designs are rounded, use scissors to cut them out, or give them a square background.

Once all your stickers are cut out, discard any leftover paper scraps.[10]

Cricut is a good vinyl design program, but you have to buy a large machine. It also isn’t only for vinyl, it’s for many other things, too!

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Alice Searching Behind the Curtains Vinyl Sticker for Macbook (13/15)

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Load an inkjet printer with 8 x 11 inch (20.3 x 27.9 cm) vinyl printer paper. Load the paper into the printer’s paper tray so the print side (non-adhesive side) will be the side that the printer prints onto.

If you’re not sure whether to put the paper face up or face down in the tray, run a test sheet through the printer to check.[6] You can find vinyl printer paper online or at your local office supplies store.

Use clear vinyl printer paper if you want the background of your stickers to be transparent.

Technically, you could make a vinyl decal with multiple colours. But to do this you’d have to cut each layer of vinyl separately and then do one of the following:

Peel back the rest of the over-laminate backing slowly. Press the laminate onto the vinyl paper as you go. Keep going until you’ve peeled off all the backing and the whole sheet of vinyl is laminated.

[9] To prevent air bubbles, use the edge of a ruler to press the laminate onto the vinyl paper.

An Image Editing Software (Krita is very good for professional art, but Paint or Gimp might come preinstalled on your computer)

Wait a minute. Did you just understand all the terms in those last sentences? If you did than you just might be on your way to becoming a true wizard. Welcome to the club. Now use your newfound knowledge to impress your friends. Or head to our online shop and buy something knowing exactly what to expect. Want your own custom decal or sticker? Just contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

The vinyl cutter is connected to a computer which allows it to read our vector design files. The cutter uses a single, tiny blade to cut into the vinyl .The big roll of vinyl is moved back and forth as the blade cuts into the material. Most importantly, the blade only cuts deep enough to slice through the vinyl material, not the backing paper it is stuck to. The result looks almost exactly as before. One big sheet of vinyl. But there’s an important difference! Look closely and you’ll see tons of tiny little lines cut into the material.

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Peel off the backing on your stickers to use them. The vinyl backing will be on the opposite side of the over-laminate, on the back of the sticker design. Grab a corner of the vinyl backing with two fingers and peel it back until it’s completely off the sticker.

Place your sticker on a dry, flat surface.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Q: I have a great business logo but it’s pretty abstract looking, will I be able to get custom logo stickers of its exact shape?A: Absolutely! Every logo can make a great logo sticker! Simply upload your logo or design in our online sticker editor and the exact shape of your sticker logo design will be outlined and ready to cut! Q: I’m starting a new business but have no experience in graphic design, how easy will it be for me to design a sticker?A: Fret not! Even if you don’t have a business logo you can use StickerYou’s online database of shapes and designs to edit them hassle free in our online sticker editor.

Change shapes, sizes, colours and add text with the simple click of a button. Any additional text or images you add to your vinyl die-cut will also appear within the border, meaning no matter how many changes you make to your logo your custom logo sticker will always be the exact shape! If you’re still in a jam, we offer online logo design services as well.

Q: Can I get a sheet of custom logo stickers?A: Absolutely! Once you upload your logo or design you can choose the size of the logo sticker you need and we’ll show you how many will fit on a page. From there you can decide whether you want your logo stickers to be die-cut to the logos exact shape, or in one of our standard shapes which include circle, oval, rectangle, or square shape.

Q: I can order just one business logo sticker?A: For sure. At StickerYou we have no order minimums, so if you want to see what your logo will look like as a sheet, a die-cut single, or a kiss-cut single.

You can also order single pages of your sitcer logo design or kiss-cut singles in different materials to determine which one is right for you!Q: I don’t want my die-cut company logo stickers to have a white background, can I remove it?A: That is possible! In our online sticker editor simply select a transparent background to get your die-cut custom vinyl decals cut flush to the edge.

Q: What makes sticker logo printing through StickerYou more affordable then if I ordered through a local print shop?A: Some local print-shops may offer sticker printing however every step is manual (from design, file preparation, printing, cutting and laminating.

StickerYou has developed proprietary system for managing the custom logo sticker printing process which automates all the steps. We can thus produce the stickers at a fraction of the cost a local printer can offer.

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You might wonder why the Alice Searching Behind the Curtains macbook sticker above is a vinyl sticker and not a decal. After all, it’s a single colour isn’t it? That’s absolutely right. The problem is that it’s a very complicated design. There’s no way you could get all the detail in the cross-hatching of that illustration in a small macbook decal. Our team would spend 10 hours to weed it and you would drive yourself crazy trying to keep all the little pieces on the application tape when you tried to stick it down. In cases where a single-colour design is too complicated to produce as a decal, we produce them as stickers that are printed onto transparent vinyl. The result is a product that looks a lot like a decal but has all the properties of a vinyl sticker.

Once the decal has been weeded, it’s ready for the taping machine. When the decal is pushed through the taping machine it rolls a layer of application tape onto the decal. This is what is then used to apply the decal to a surface. Voila! You’ve got yourself a vinyl decal.

Ok. Maybe not quite a vinyl wizard. The vinyl wizards in our studio have been honing their craft for years to learn the best way to weed a decal and create design files for die-cut stickers. Their experience helps us to make the best vinyl stickers and decals around.

Combine all the layers onto a single piece of backing paper before taping them. This leaves you with only one layer to apply when it comes to sticking it to your surface. Tape each layer separately. This means you then have to combine each layer separately when you try and stick it on your surface.

A Pencil or Pen (Note — You won’t be able to change your draft if you use a pen, so choose wisely)

You can easily print your own vinyl stickers at home using a few simple tools. Once you’ve designed your stickers on the computer using an image editing software, print them onto vinyl printer paper. Laminate your stickers to protect them from water and UV rays from the sun. When you’re finished, just peel off the backing on your stickers and they’ll be ready to use!

A Computer or Tablet. Anything with a large enough screen and the correct software will do, but note that it must be able to print.

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