A Simple Guide to Print Stickers for Beginners
In Singapore, printing a sticker might sound like an easy task to do. But it is actually not that easy. There are several things that need to be noted especially if you are a beginner when it comes to sticker printing. But worry not beginners, we will guide you on your first journey on sticker printing Singapore.
Here are some things noteworthy for sticker printing:
1. The Purpose of Your Sticker and Its Location
The first thing that you have to remember before designing your very own sticker is: what is the purpose of the sticker you are about to make? Where will you put the sticker? These two questions are crucial. You don’t want to spend hours of your time designing a sticker that doesn’t match with its purpose and location. For example, if you are designing a sticker (label) for a sauce bottle, you have to consider the bottle’s colour and make it as a basis of your design.
2. Roll Sticker, Sheet Sticker, or Cut-to-Size Sticker?
There are several types of sticker: roll sticker, sheet sticker, and cut-to-size sticker. Of course, all of them have their own pros and cons. It is important for you to decide what type of sticker is perfect for your sticker purpose. For example, rolled stickers are compact, able to store larger quantities of stickers, and is easy to manage. Rolled stickers are best for product labels. Meanwhile, cut-to-size stickers are best for promotions, giveaways, and high-quality labelling project.
3. Choose Appropriate Materials and Finishes (State the Materials)
If you have decided on the purpose of your sticker and the type of sticker, now it’s time for you to choose appropriate materials and finishes. There are many materials you can choose from, such as industrial vinyl, polyester, and satin. Each material has their own pros and cons so you need to choose appropriate material that better fulfil your needs.
Apart from the sticker materials, you also have to think about its finishes. Do you want matte, glossy, clear, or even metallic finishes? It’s entirely down to your personal choices. Just make sure it suits its purpose and location.
4. Use CMYK Instead of RGB
When you are designing a sticker, always remember to use CMYK colour mode. This is something that is a ‘given’ for professional sticker designer. The usage of CMYK colour mode is due to printing machine that uses these four colours to create an image by combining them to varying degrees. Meanwhile, RGB colour mode is better used for digital work.
5. High Resolution
This is something that goes beyond saying even for non-professional designers. Always, and we repeat, always design something in high resolution. This will ensure that your final product will look exactly the same with what you had in mind. If you design something in low resolution, chances are your final product will be pixelated with rough edges. Most printing places will require a resolution of at least 300DPI.
6. Set the Bleed Area Right
Something that are usually forgotten by beginners are they don’t set the bleed are for their design. Bleed area is an area on the side of your sticker that goes beyond the trim edges. It is important as it will ensure no part of your sticker will occur on the final trimmed sticker.
Those are 6 crucial points before you print your stickers. We hope this simple guide can help you to print the best sticker for your own purpose. Good luck!