Templates & Art Stuff

Templates & Art Specifications

Bleed Lines – Safe Area- and Cut Lines


Every single label’s artwork file has three main attributes: Safe Area, Cut Line and Bleed. All essential information on a sticker like text or logos should stay inside the Safe Area. The area outside the safety zone is for background color and bleed. Typically the Safe Area begins 1/8″ inside the cut line, but this can be as narrow as 1/16″, just indicate this in the comment box when you upload your art work.


Any artwork that goes to the edge of the sticker should extend to the Bleed Line. This creates a tolerance that ensures the background doesn’t get cut off in production. The Bleed extends 1/8” out from the Cut Line.
The Cut Line is the edge of your finished sticker. Our lasers cut along this path during production. In general, the Cut Line is setup 1/8” out from your artwork, and this can be setup to be 1/16″ out from your artwork. It mostly depends on the size of your label. For labels over 1″ x 1″ in size, it is possible to make the Safe Area smaller, and have this be 1/16″. For smaller stickers and labels under a 1″ x 1″, a cut line of 1/8″ from your design will always be needed due to our finishing process. Cut Lines should also always have rounded corners.

Raster vs. Vector

We can print both raster and vector images. Vector images are infinitely scalable graphics made up of paths, lines and shapes. Vector graphics are commonly made in Adobe Illustrator and have file extensions .ai, .eps and .svg. Raster images are made up of pixels and are commonly photographic. Raster images need to be 300dpi at print size for high quality printing.

File Types

We want your labels to print with the best possible quality. Please send us your artwork in vector format or raster format at 300dpi CMYK color mode in one of these file formats. Not sure? Have a different file format? No problem. Our Art Department is always available by to help advise you or to fix up your artwork for print.

Color

Most of our stickers print using CMYK process color printing. That means the colors are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, like the four colors you see in the lightbulbs below. Our Silkscreen Stickers print using spot color printing. Not sure what we mean by CMYK or spot color? Learn more about the difference between CMYK vs. Spot Color here.

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