- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
Custom shape vinyl stickers are great for both indoor and outdoor use as they are printed with weatherproof latex inks on your choice of glossy, matte, clear or reflective vinyl stock. Order as few as just 10 stickers and up to 10 different types of art in the same order.
Who doesn't love custom shape stickers? Collected by adults, kids, and fans alike, you'll spot them later on your customers' laptops, bicycle helmets, water bottles, and car bumpers.
Custom Shapes Must Be Simple
Custom shape stickers need to be a simpler or non-complex shape. Sharp curves or tight spacing is not achievable using this cutting method. If looking for inside cut, please ask us for a custom quote.
Be Sure to See a Proof
We strongly recommend seeing a printed proof of your artwork. Due to the nature of the Eco-Solvent printing, some colors have a grainy appearance. Requesting and viewing a proof is the only way to preview and be sure you are okay with the results prior to printing. Any projects ordered without a proof will not be eligible for a reprint due to color or quality expectations.
What Type of Surfaces?
Our stickers adhere to non-porous, non-textured, smooth surfaces, such as painted surfaces, metal, smooth sanded or finished wood, lacquered surfaces, glass, painted fiberglass, plastic, other vinyl, and leather. Surfaces like vinyl and leather that have been treated with Armor All or any other oily type substance must be thoroughly cleaned before application.
Will These Stick to Plastics?
Although they use a permanent adhesive, these stickers don't stick to 'Low Energy Surfaces' which can include some types of plastics. We recommend testing some samples prior to ordering to ensure these labels will work for your use.
These Stickers Are Weather Resistant
Although these stickers are weather resistant, they will fade over time in the sun and when exposed to friction. If you need fully weahterproof stickers, please ask us for a custom quote of our Flexographic Printed Weatherproof Stickers.
These Stickers May Shrink Slightly on the Backing
Overtime stickers printed with bleed and especially those with heavy ink coverage may shrink slightly. You may notice uneven edges when the stickers are still on the backing. However, the edges will still be straight when applied.
Backing Edges May Be a Bit Rough
Due to the way these are trimmed out into single stickers, you may see some roughness to the edges o the stickers. We try to minimize as much as possible. However, due to the method of trimming, it is unavoidable. If this is a concern, we recommend either our Flexographic Anyshape labels available as a custom quote.
Technical Specifications + Templates
Kiss Cut Dieline (Shape of Sticker): supply a file that includes a vector path outline indicating the shape and size of your die cut sticker. The custom die line for your full color vinyl stickers should be as simple as possible or the order may be placed on hold. Keep your customized shape basic and smooth.
Cut Through Die Line (Sticker Backing Shape): choose to have your graphics centered on a rounded-corner rectangle or rounded corner square sticker backing, 1/8" larger than the final size of your die cut stickers, or supply a vector file with an additional dieline indicating the custom sticker backing shape. This should be no larger than 1/8" than the final sticker size.
Bleeds: if your artwork or background color extends to the sticker edge, you must bleed those graphics past the trim by 1/16" on all sides
Live Area: keep important text and artwork not meant to be trimmed 1/16" inside from the edges
Color: supply artwork in CMYK color (Pantone/RGB colors will be automatically converted and may not print as expected)
Resolution: 300 DPI minimum resolution
Fonts: live text should be converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept font files)
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG