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How do I design for stickers?

What is a kiss-cut sticker? How do I design for transparent stickers? Sticker Packs? Who that? If you’re looking for answers to these questions, you’re in the right place. 

Stickers are one of the all-time best selling products on Redbubble and they are especially appealing when artists are able to use all the know-hows that come with designing for stickers. Put your designing glasses on and read ahead! 


High Resolution Images

Don’t be fooled by the size of our stickers, it’s essential that you upload high resolution images so they end up looking crisp and clean.

Have in mind that stickers come in large sizes all the way up to 14 inches (35cm), so higher resolution files will be offered in the larger sticker sizes and still look exciting. We recommend uploading a file with the maximum pixel requirements (2800x2800 pixels) to ensure your design is available on all 4 sticker sizes.

You should also pay attention to details, textures, and any text that you add to your design. Take into consideration that these types of features might not be so easy to read in smaller sizes. 

Kiss-cut and Transparency

With the new addition of transparent stickers to our catalog, it’s vital that you’re able to master the art of transparency.

Let’s start by explaining what kiss-cutting is. All Redbubble stickers are kiss-cut, which means that they are printed in twos onto a rectangular sheet. Stickers are cut to the exact shape of your design, plus a 1/8 inch (3.2mm) white/transparent border, so they can be easily peeled off from the sheet.  

In order to get your sticker to be cut to the shape you want, your artwork needs to have a transparent background and the file must be saved in PNG format.

If you feel unsure of how to create a transparent background, you can check out this blog post for more nitty-gritty information! 

Once you have your transparent background, you’ll need to check for stray pixels. These might be caught by the machine and be cut around as well, so the sticker can end up having extra white/transparent space that doesn’t belong there. 

A trick to eliminate all of these pixels is to create an extra layer under your artwork and fill it with an intense color that is not present in your design. This way, it’ll be easier for you to spot the pixels and erase them. 

Designing for Sticker Packs

Sticker packs are gradually stealing the show in Redbubble and artists are more and more excited to design for these fun compilations of mini-stickers. Don’t miss the chance and jump on the packswagon

It’s important to note that it’s not possible to estimate a fixed size for each mini-sticker, as we’re are only able to determine the final size of the whole sticker pack.  

How can I create a sticker pack? You may ask. Well, let’s look at the essentials of a sticker pack: 

  • Your file must be saved in PNG format. 
  • The artwork must have a transparent background. Good thing you already know how to do that! 
  • All the individual items in your design must be fairly apart from each other. If they’re too close, the machine won’t be able to cut them separately.  

If you are not sure how the final product is going to look like, just go to the Stickers tile in the uploader and see for yourself! You’ll get the hang of it soon.

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