How can I provide optimal transfer sticker artwork?

When designing your transfer sticker, there are a few simple guidelines to ensure the best possible quality. File preparation is completely optional. Feel free to upload your design as it is and we'll make any required setup and modifications before sending you a proof.

If you haven't already, read how to design a transfer sticker which covers artwork size requirements and modifications.

Keep in mind transfer stickers are precisely cut from vinyl material. We use the lines, referred to as paths, in your vector artwork to determine where the material is cut. Irregularities in these paths can cause problems with how the material is cut and the final product. Our art and production teams look for these irregularities during the process.

To provide optimal artwork, avoid these common problems in your vector artwork

Double point

In this example, two points and their bézier curves overlap each other, creating an overlapping path. Remove the overlapping path and smooth out.

Avoiding double point problems in your vector artwork

Burs

Typically unwanted and overlooked, burs are misplaced points that can create a rough edge in the final cut. Inspect your artwork closely and remove any as needed.

How to fix burs or misplaced points 1

How to fix burs or misplaced points 2

Crossed paths

Ensure that areas and paths in your design don’t overlap.

How to fix crossed paths in your vector artwork 1

How to fix crossed paths in your vector artwork 2

Stray points and objects

Remove all stray points and objects. If not removed, they would be considered part of your design and cut out of the vinyl.

How to remove stray points from your vector artwork

Layered paths

All paths become cutlines for the sticker material. To avoid overlapping cutlines, it's important to merge layered paths in your finished design.

How to avoid layered paths problems in your vector artwork

In this example, there were black and white overlapping shapes. Here's what we did:

  1. Selected all paths and used the Pathfinder Merge tool
  2. Selected and deleted all the white areas
  3. Selected all paths and used the Pathfinder Unite tool

How to fix layered paths problems in your vector artwork

Duplicate shapes

Similar to layered paths, duplicate shapes create overlapping cutlines. Here's a trick for spotting and fixing duplicate shapes in your design:

  1. Add a thin 0.25pt stroke to all paths
  2. Zoom out to different zoom levels
  3. Look for paths that appear thicker than the others
  4. Inspect these paths for duplicates
  5. Remove duplicates as needed. In this example we simply selected all artwork paths and merged them using the Pathfinder Unite tool.

How to avoid duplicate paths problems in your vector artwork

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