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Added Stickers Artwork Setup Guide

Artwork Limitations & Considerations

  1. Multiple die cut shapes need to be at least .125” apart on the sheet.
  2. Die cut shapes need to be at least .125” away from the trim of the sheet.
  3. Be sure to extend applicable background artwork .125” outside of the die cut.
  4. Be sure to keep all crucial text and artwork at least .125” inside the die cut.
  5. Be mindful that there is an unavoidable manufacturing variance of 1-2mm. This can affect uniform borders with a thickness of .125” or less – essentially making the uniform borders appear not so uniform. It’s recommended that if you wish to have a visibly uniform border on stickers, that the border thickness be at least .1875”.

What is required for print ready artwork?

We will need a total of 2 PDFs submitted for the sticker sheet artwork:

  1. 1 PDF with the die cut shape/shapes indicated BY A COLORED STROKE overlaying the printed artwork
  2. 1 PDF with just the artwork – no added die cut strokes.

If you are printing multiple sticker sheets, you will need to follow above for each individual sheet.

How do I setup my artwork for a sticker sheet?

  1. Set your document size to the intended trim size of the sheet.
  2. Be sure to include a .125” bleed on all four sides of the document.
  3. Create 2 layers in the document.
  4. The bottom layer should be the printed artwork.
  5. The top layer should be the die cut stroke.
  6. Add your printed artwork to the bottom layer and be sure to extend the background artwork to the full bleed on all four sides.
  7. Add your colored die cut stroked shapes to the top layer.
  8. Export out the required two versions of the artwork.

Can I see an example of print ready artwork?

Of course! Download this PDF to see example print ready artwork for a 8” x 10” sticker sheet with multiple die cut sticker shapes.

How do I setup my artwork for a die cut sticker?

  1. Set your document size to the intended trim size of the shape. 
  2. Be sure to include a .125” bleed on all four sides of the document. 
  3. Create 2 layers in the document. 
  4. The bottom layer should be the printed artwork. 
  5. The top layer should be the die cut stroke. 
  6. Add your printed artwork to the bottom layer and be sure to extend the background artwork to the full bleed on all four sides. 
  7. Add your colored die cut stroke to the top layer. This shape should equal the document size. 
  8. Export out the required two versions of the artwork.

Download this PDF example here to see example artwork for a die cut sticker that is 5” x 4.4”.