The best part about designing your custom sticker is having it look exactly how you want it! However, when making die-cut lines can get confusing. Sticker Mountain is here to help. In today’s blog, we will walk you through step-by-step tutorial creating die-line for a rectangular sticker using Adobe Illustrator.
In this example, we will create a 3 X 2 inch rectangular sticker.
Step 1: Open your artwork in Adobe Illustrator
Step 2: Resize your artwork
Resize the artwork to fit inside the 3X2 Inch rectangle. Or what the desired size is for your sticker. This particular example will be sizing it down by 0.25 inches smaller than the sticker. To do this:
Click on your artwork
Then go to the top of the screen where it has the dimensions. Make sure the dimensions are locked, so you do not warp your artwork in the width section, and type 2.75 inches.
Step 3: Center the artwork
Go to the align panel, then go to the align object section and press the vertical and horizontal align buttons; this will make it easier to align the rectangle over the top later in the process.
Step 4: Create a rectangle
On the left side of the screen, select the rectangle tool.
- Then click on an empty space on your artboard, and a dialog box will pop-up asking for your sticker dimensions.
- For the Width, you will put 3 inches and 2 inches for the height.
- Then press OKAY
How to make rounded corners for your sticker
Suppose you would like to curve your rectangle corners. Double-click on the little circle in the corner of your rectangle.
- The Transformation panel will pop up; under Rectangle Properties, go to the corner type section.
- Type in 0.125; this is the standard corner radius. However, you may enter whatever you like.
Step 5: Center the Rectangle
Finally, it is time to line up the rectangle vertically and horizontally, so it lines up with your artwork.
Select your rectangle, go to the color panel on the right side of the screen and turn the fill color off by clicking on the square with the red line through it.
Then on the stroke color, which is the square next to it, make sure to turn that color black.