Gone are the days where stickers were only made for children. Today, adults and children both enjoy collecting little pieces of adhesive art.
Stickers are a great way to customize your items and give them your personal touch. Your own extensive collection can be found on laptops, water bottles, notebooks, and more.
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Have you ever wondered how these decorations are made?
Small business designers and big corporations both use similar methods to produce stickers. Let’s take a look at how the sticker industry manufactures its products.
Design is the first and most important part of the sticker-making process. The art can be anything from a business logo to a fan-made creation. Careful planning helps create some of the best stickers possible.
Consider the final size of the sticker during the design process. An intricate piece of art may look crowded if you only have 1 square inch to work with. You may wish for your final sticker to be slightly larger if the design is complex.
Determine which font will work best with your sticker. Comic sans may not be the best for a serious piece. But, the font can enhance humor in art.
You’ll want to pay attention to the shape of the sticker as well. Do you want your final creation to stand out or blend in? Does it look better with the simplicity of a circle, or do you need a wacky shape?
You don’t have to hire someone to do this entire process for you. You can make your own stickers at home with different design programs. Adobe Spark provides an easy way for anyone to create stickers.
When you use a design program, you can print cute stickers at home to share with your family and friends. You can even start selling your own art in this medium.
After you’ve designed your perfect sticker, it’s time to print them on physical material. Litho stock is a flexible material that allows sticky stickers to adhere to a variety of surfaces. This makes it a popular choice in the sticker industry.
Vinyl is another commonly used material. It is a great choice for stickers that need to be durable or water-resistant.
You can even print stickers on foil!
A manufacturer makes these materials into sheets which are then combined with a special adhesive. The sheets are usually white but can be custom colored.
The design is then printed on the sheets with ink made by using the Pantone Matching System. This system gives more color options than the old ink system that only uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK).
Sticker adhesive can be permanent or removable. Some adhesives are tamper-evident, while others allow a sticker to stay intact upon removal.
Design Your Own Stickers
Stickers are a fun and creative way to decorate and show your style. Download a sticker design program and start creating today.
Be sure to check out our technology section for more ways that computer programs can help you create.