In some of our recent articles, we showed you how to make stickers for a variety of occasions and using many different techniques (such as the popular Microsoft Word tutorial).
But now has come the time for Photoshop users – this tutorial is especially for you!
Photoshop is a great tool for professional looking designs. If you want to take your sticker to the next level, stick to these basic steps and you will have your very own design in no time.
Step 1. Preliminary preparations
Before opening Photoshop, you should start by putting a few ideas on paper. The sketches don’t need to be accurate. You will be able to make all the necessary adjustments later. Feel free to sketch several ideas and choose the ones you like most.
This process will help you solidify your design concept and, because they are just sketches, you can draw many different variations quickly.
TIP: To bring your drawings into your computer, you can either scan them or take a high resolution photo. If you have a drawing tablet and you’re a proficient user, you can actually sketch directly in Photoshop.
Step 2. Setting up your document
Launch Photoshop and create a new file, choosing a stickerish name for your document. The following color, size and resolution setting are what we most highly recommend:
- Size: 8.5 inches by 11 inches
- Color Mode: CMYK
- Resolution: 300 pixels per inch
These settingd will result in the highest quality artwork when printing. However, if you want ensure your stickers are printed perfectly, or if you plan to print a large quantity, we would recommend using an online printer for the best results.
Step 3. Shaping the sticker
Open your uploaded image in Photoshop. Using the pen tool, trace over the original drawing.
When the basic tracing is done, use the selection tools to move the path’s anchor points and handles to adjust the shape. With path selected, right click and choose the “Fill Path” and “Stroke Path” commands to add color to your sticker’s shape.
Step 4. Using existing graphics
If you already have images you would like to use, you don’t have to create the sticker from scratch. All you need to do is add them into your Photoshop document and prepare them for printing with the same settings mentioned in Step 2.
If you are creating your stickers from photographs, adjust saturation and contrast to make every detail pop. Take advantage of Photoshop’s Levels and Saturation controls and Layer Styles.
Step 5. Preparing for printing
Unless you want your sticker to be big enough to fill the whole document’s area, you can accommodate multiple designs or images on the same document.
Select your sticker’s layers and press CTRL + G on PC (or CMD + G on Mac) to group them. With the group selected, resize the sticker with the transform tools and make different ones to fill your sheet.
TIP: If you prefer to print more of the same, clone the original sticker by selecting the group and selecting “Duplicate Group” from the Layer’s menu. Use the Move tool to position the various stickers so they are spaced adequately and leave enough room around the borders to ensure they will print well.
Stick with it!
You can use the same basic process to make any kind of sticker with any recent version of Photoshop. Most of the steps illustrated above will apply, and it will be up to your creativity to make a difference.
Don’t forget you can turn everything into a sticker with Photoshop, from vector art and photos, to type and illustrations.
Edited in Photoshop CC.