First you’ll need a Jakprints template. We determine your final print size by looking at the tallest and widest points in your artwork. For our artwork, we’re using the 2×2″ template.

To the right, you can see our finished artwork: A 2×2″ Inkling sticker with a thick, white stroke provided by the dieline.

Step 1 | Setting Up Your File

This tutorial uses Adobe InDesign CS6, but the process is the same regardless of your version. And, this tutorial assumes you have artwork ready to print.

Let’s get going on the file preparation, assuming your artwork is already created, we’re going to place (File > Place) the artwork into InDesign into the layer labeled Place your art here.

 Step 2 | Creating Your Dieline

Next, we’ll start on our Dieline. This can be done by using any combination of the Pen Tool or the Shape Tools — as long as your result is a Vector Path. It’s best practice to create your dieline in a unique Layer (Window > Layers), choose the layer labeled Place Die-Line On This Layer.

A couple things to remember when creating your dieline.

  1. If you want your artwork to Bleed off the edge — as-in, you want your artwork to go all the way to the edge of your sticker — please ensure that your artwork extends a full ⅛” outside of the dieline.
  2. During cutting, the sticker sheet can shift slightly due to a number of factors. We recommend including ⅛” of Safety on your artwork to account for this. What’s that mean? Double-check that no important information or graphics — e.g, logos, web addresses, text — are closer than ⅛” to the dieline.
  3. Want a thick white border, but not sure how thick to go? That will vary based on your sticker size and personal taste, but we’d recommend no thinner than 9 pt. (0.125″).

How Complicated Can Your Shape Be? Fairly complicated, actually. Inset shapes or kiss cutting are available, but are not included in the standard pricing. Please request a custom quote.

Bear in mind that while Vinyl Stickers are durable, it is very thin material. Watch out for excessively narrow pieces that may be easily torn by your customers. But in general, let your imagination run wild. If we see something that we’re concerned about, we’ll be sure to reach out.

 Step 3 | Path Preparation

Make sure that the Stroke (Window > Stroke) of your path is set 1 pt. and that it uses a bold color that can be easily seen on top of the artwork. In our example, we’ll pick something that contrasts with our cyan Inkling, like 100% Magenta.
Next, we’ll convert our dieline into a Spot Color. That will tell InDesign to treat the dieline as a unique color, instead of a blend of the standard printing inks.

Plus, we’ll need to set our Dieline to Overprint. Otherwise, the Dieline will knockout any of your sticker colors underneath it — which means that your final stickers would have a white line along the cut — not cool. Open your Attributes panel (Window > Output > Attributes), and with your Dieline selected, check the box marked, Overprint Stroke.

 Step 4 | File Export

Your sticker file should be ready for Export (File > Export)!

  1. Select Adobe PDF (Print) as your Format.
  2. Name your file something clear, avoid ambiguous names; e.g., sticker.pdf.
  3. Click Save to bring up the PDF Settings dialog box.
  4. From the list of Adobe PDF Presets choose [PDF/X-1a:2001].
  5. Select the Marks and Bleeds tab to the left.
  6. Under the Bleed and Slug heading, ensure that Use Document Bleed Settings is on.
  7. Click Export and rejoice!

 Step 5 | Upload Artwork

Now you’re all set! Click to upload your artwork or place your order. A friendly Customer Service Rep will be in touch shortly.