The Ultimate Print Ready Checklist

Print-ready artwork can sound challenging. What is it? How can we get it? What do we have to do?

It’s much easier to prepare than you might think and can speed up the proofing process hugely.

We have created the ultimate checklist to help you ensure that your artwork will fly through the process!

1. Submit a High-Res File

By this, we mean either a vector file or a bitmap.

Vectors are perfect for text and simple artwork. These files consist of shapes and lines rather than pixels. Therefore, they are easy to scale and will print crisply. PDF, EPS, and AI are the usual vector formats.

Bitmaps are ideal for complex images. Each bitmap consists of dots, so-called pixels. These are measured per inch, dpi in short. Your artwork should be 300 DPI at a 1:1 scale to avoid it going blurry.

Fish sticker design in a bitmap and vector format

2. Convert Fonts to Outlines

Not all fonts are easily accessible. Converting your fonts to outlines allows us to access and print them even if we do not have that specific font on file.

It also reassures you that your artwork will not have to be modified to replicate the given font for you.

3. Use CMYK Colors

Your computer screen has an RGB color model. RBG stands for red, green, and blue, which are mixed to create over 16 million different colors.

On the other hand, printers use CMYK, cyan, magenta, yellow, and a key (a.k.a. black) to create colors. With that, we can make about 16,000 colors.

This explains why not printers can print every color you see beautifully vibrant on your screen. If you convert the colors of your artwork to CMYK, you can be sure that these colors will print much closer to how they look on screen.

A comparison between RGB and CMYK

4. Check the Size

Be sure to view your sticker at a 100% scale to see exactly how big it will be and how legible your text and images are at this size.

Our proofs indicate the size of your design and include a ruler to help.

However, quickly checking the dimension of your sticker before you decide on your final sizes can be super useful and ensures you will receive what you want.

5. Beware of the Minimum Height Requirement

Speaking of legibility, lots of text on a small sticker can sometimes be problematic.

For text, we recommend a minimum height requirement of 1.2mm. This translates into roughly 8pt, depending on the chosen font.

Through this standard, we can ensure that your text will be legible when printed – an excellent factor to consider before submitting your artwork.

6. Zip it

You can split your order into several designs as long as they are all the same shape and size and printed on the same material.

All you have to do is to combine your designs in a single .zip file and submit them. You can then let us know how many stickers of each design you would like.

And that’s all you need to make sure your artwork is 100% print-ready! It’s actually pretty simple