How To Transform Your Artwork Into Custom Stickers

Stickers have been a popular form of self-expression for decades, and their popularity continues to grow today. It’s a great way to showcase your creativity, promote your brand, or even make a profit.

Designing stickers for t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, caps, mugs, face masks, clocks, glassware, plates, laptop sleeves, wall art, and more can turn you from hobbyist to entrepreneur fast because, with today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to transform your artwork into custom stickers without breaking the bank.

This blog will go through a step-by-step guide on transforming your artwork into custom stickers.

Choose The Right Software

To create custom stickers, you’ll need software that can create vector graphics. Vector graphics are made using mathematical equations, meaning they can be scaled to any size without losing resolution.

To avoid this, you can visit sites that take you from design to execution. You can order just the quantity you need – and even link it to your Shopify store if you have one.

Choose The Right Artwork

Do you have a niche in mind – buyers who identify with your designs and appreciate your style? Define your market so your stickers dovetail with their interests, tastes, and beliefs, hopefully turning them into fans and repeat buyers.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the beginning, but keeping things simple will get things going until you’ve learned the tricks of the trade. Here are some pointers to consider when choosing the right artwork for designing custom stickers:

Not all artwork makes for good stickers. When selecting the artwork for your custom stickers, consider the following:

  • As much as possible, ensure your output file has a transparent background, like PNG files. This can be done quickly using creativity apps like Canva or Adobe.
  • Simple designs work best. Avoid complex details or fine lines that may not translate well when printed.
  • Designs with bold lines and high-contrast colors stand out more.
  • Choose a design that’s meaningful to you or your brand. This will help promote your message and make your stickers more memorable.
  • Before creating custom stickers, make sure you own the design. If you created the artwork yourself, then you have ownership. However, if you hire an artist to create the design for you, you may need their permission to use it commercially. If you need clarification about the ownership of the design, seek legal advice.
  • Need an Artist? No Problem! If you’re not an artist but still want to create or sell custom stickers, you can hire a graphic designer to create the artwork for you. You can find freelance designers on Fiverr, Upwork, or 99designs. Alternatively, you can create your design online tools such as Canva or Adobe Spark.

Print Or Send Out?

Once you’ve created your artwork, you must print the stickers. You have two options: print them yourself or send them out for custom printing. Printing them yourself can be cost-effective with a high-quality printer, but it can be time-consuming and may not produce professional-looking results. The color may need to be more vibrant, or the edges may not be as crisp as you want.

Sending them out for custom printing may be more expensive, but it will save you time and produce higher-quality results. Having a trusted company do the printing allows you to create stickers too large for a personal printer. They can also be cut into different shapes for wall art.

Choose The Right Material

When selecting the material for your custom stickers, consider where they will be used. If they are placed on a water bottle or laptop, for example, you’ll need a material that is waterproof and durable. Vinyl is a popular material for custom stickers because it’s waterproof, durable, and easily removed without any residue. Other materials include paper, transparent film, and holographic film.

Personal Pleasure Or Business?

Finally, consider whether you’re creating custom stickers for personal pleasure or as a business. You may only need to print a small batch of stickers for yourself and your friends for personal satisfaction. If it’s for business, you’ll need to consider pricing, marketing, and distribution through websites.


Turning your artwork into custom stickers can be a fun and personally rewarding experience. You can create high-quality stickers that showcase your creativity and promote your message by choosing suitable artwork, software, and materials. Whether creating custom stickers for personal pleasure or as a business, remember to have fun and let your creativity shine!




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About the author

Isabel Simmons is a graphic designer and artist with a love for creating personalized and unique designs. She has been working with various clients for over six years, helping them turn their artwork into custom stickers, prints, and other merchandise. Isabel enjoys sharing her knowledge of design techniques, printing processes, and creative ideas through guest posts on art and design blogs. In her free time, she is an avid traveler, enjoys experimenting with different art styles, and participates in local art workshops.

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