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 Photoshop CS6, but the process is the same regardless of your version. Also, this tutorial assumes you have artwork ready to print.

First, Place (File > Place) your completed artwork into the template and give the new layer (Window > Layers) a clear name; e.g., Place Your Art Here.

 Step 2 | Creating Your Dieline

Next, we need to create our Dieline path. For a good result, your path needs to be Vector. We recommend against converting a Selection to a Path, since that can create jagged, uneven paths that will cut very poorly. Your only safe options in Photoshop are the Vector Shape Tools or the Pen Tool.

If you’re using the Pen Tool, set it to Path Mode and draw your custom die line. Once created, save your path by Selecting the Path in the Path Panel (Window > Path) and choosing Save Path from the flyout menu. Please name your path something clear; e.g., Dieline.

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 | File Preparation

Perform a Save As… (File > Save As…) and select Photoshop for your format. Avoid ambiguous names; e.g., sticker.psd.

 Step 4 | 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.