Sticker printing at home
Now it is time to get printing. The die cut sticker printing process seems rather straightforward: use your printer of choice, feed it your material and press print. However, there are a few essential tips you should keep in mind.
Choose a high-quality printer
The print quality can make or break your die cut stickers. Even the best design will only take you so far if you are working with a low-quality printer.
If you are looking to invest in a new printer, the Epson XP-7100 for £200 makes a great entry-level machine. Do you want something more professional? Are you looking for something more professional? Then have a look at the Canon PIXMA PRO-100S for £400.
Convert your colours
Before you start printing your stickers, make sure you convert your colours to CMYK mode.
The colours you see on your computer screen are not the colours that will be printed. That is because your computer displays colours in RGB mode. RGB stands for red, green and blue. With these colours, your screen can generate 16,777,216 colours.
Your printer, on the other hand, uses a CMYK gamut. With cyan, magenta, yellow and black, it can create about 16,000 different colours. This is still a lot, but there is the possibility that your screen will show you colours that simply cannot be printed with your printer. You can find out more about CMYK vs RGB here.
So make sure to convert your colours from RGB to CMYK to accurately represent what your stickers will look like. Programs like Photoshop and CorelDRAW have this function built-in, but you can also use websites that convert colours for you.
Learn more about the ink we use and the different printing technologies available.