To the right, you can see our finished artwork: A 2×2″ Inkling sticker with a thick, white stroke provided by the dieline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your sticker file should be ready for Export (File > Export)!
Now you’re all set! Click jakprints.com/upload to upload your artwork or place your order. A friendly Customer Service Rep will be in touch shortly.