In a printing business, it is basic knowledge to understand the type of papers or other materials and media you can use for your printed goods, as well as the type of ink and printers suitable for each type of papers. But to come up with a better result, you will also have to have a good understanding of the processing tips and tricks. These tips may help you to perform a better stickers printing process.
1. Color match
The print process you select will impact on the color accuracy of the result you produce. CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colors are the most commonly used colors for home printing and even professional presses because it is quite low-cost. To process these colors, you will need to layer color ink in dots until it creates the color you want on the page. This CMYK color processing is very common even in professional-grade photo printers. A good CMYK processing will result in a good and color accurate results that come with a reasonable price. Another option you can go for in printing vinyl stickers is using Pantone color. Pantone has a large color collection and it is precise as well as consistent. Pantone is especially good for stickers with a large solid color area. CMYK tones above ten percent would usually be lost, but Pantone can retain accuracy from screen to sticker better. However, Pantone is generally more expensive and harder to produce on your own.
2. Choosing colors
CMYK doesn’t accommodate lighter colors well. Colors that are less than 10 percent of the spectrum don’t translate at all. This will result in colors that impact negatively on your design. This can also happen for black colors. The wrong design choices can cause tinted black hues or color casts. That is why it is very important to create a good design that considers the color combination of your stickers.
Depending on ink, print process, and paper, your stickers will have various longevity and durability. You must be able to choose the most appropriate materials depending on the purpose of the sticker itself. For example, whether the sticker is to be put outdoors or indoors, or put in certain conditions such as low or high temperature.
4. Die cutting
The shape of your stickers will, of course, have a good visual impact and emphasizes your design. One of the quickest and easiest ways to custom cut your stickers is the die cutting technique. Die cutting is often used in professional presses as it is quick and easy, and produces a better final result. It is also possible to be done in a smaller printing business with a laser cutter like the one we can find on Kiasuprint.
5. Break up large color areas
Large solid color areas are not easy and usually heightens the price of your sticker. It can be done with Pantone to ensure a good quality final result, but it is far more expensive than CMYK printing. That’s why it is better to avoid a large area of colors so that you can work with a cheaper method and still get a good final result.