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What is an Art Proof?

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Are you looking to order custom labels or stickers, but you’re unsure where to start? Below we will give you a step-by-step guide on how an art proof works, and how to make changes to the artwork you already ordered! Sticker Mountain will be your guide! 

Proofing is crucial to ordering your custom labels or stickers. In fact, it is one of the first steps in the ordering process and the most important! Having your artwork exactly the way you want it is the key to perfection.

What is an Art Proof?

In other words, an art proof is when the Sticker Mountain Art department receives your submitted order with your custom artwork. Our art team will edit your image using state-of-the-art illustration programs based on your custom requests. Secondly, they then create a cut line for your design and size it to fit proportionately to the dimensions of your order. Once complete, you will receive an email with a pdf file of your finished product label design, business logo sticker, or personalized brand. Most importantly, it is now your duty to look over the proof to ensure it matches what you want. 

Requesting Changes to your Art Proof

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What if you already submitted your order but realized you selected the wrong shape and size or wanted a different color? Send Sticker Mountain an email at or give us a call, and tell us the changes you need made. Once we receive your email, our art department will make those changes. 

After getting your first art proof back from Sticker Mountain, you may realize some things need to be changed. As mentioned before, the size, shape, and color need to meet your requirements. Here is a list of things to check for:

  • Spell Check

    If there is contact information on the custom label or sticker, check that, as well as any important information such as the ingredients list or warnings.

  • Shape Check

    Ensure that you have the right shape selected, whether it needs to be custom, a circle, or rectangle!

  • Size Check

    Our goal is to print your custom sticker or label to your desired specifications accurately. Additionally, you can print out your art proof from home, cut it out and overlay it on your product to ensure sizing is correct. Are you unsure how to measure your sticker or label? Click on "Size Check" for some helpful tips.

  • Color Check

    Does your red look too pink? Is the yellow look more orange than you hoped for? All these details matter! It is essential to have the proper CMYK build. CMYK is a four-color process that stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (which is black). CMYK a color space that when these four colors combine it makes all the other colors we can see. Click on "Color Check" to learn more about color spaces.

  • Lamination Check

    Are you getting the correct finish on your custom design? Is it the right paper material, or if it's metallic, or clear, are the right areas showing through? Let us know if you have any changes for how you want your metallic or clear effects to look. Click "Lamination Check" to learn about our two lamination types, matte and gloss.

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At Sticker Mountain, we do our best to make the ordering process easy for our customers. 

Here is a small step by step guide on how to request art proof changes:

  1. Oh no! I already submitted my order to Sticker Mountain, but I want to change my design to a circle instead of a square, and I wanted my background lettering to be metallic instead of white Bopp material. 
  2. Send an Email to requesting these changes.
  3. The Sticker Mountain art team receives the email and immediately makes these changes. 
  4. One of Sticker Mountains’ skilled art professionals will go into your art proof and make the cutline for your requested circle.
  5. Then they will mask out which areas need to be metallic instead of white Bopp. 
  6. After these changes are corrected, your artwork will be uploaded in a PDF document and sent back to you for review. 
  7. Once your artwork is approved, Sticker Mountain’s production team will receive the order to get your custom label or sticker printed, laminated, and cut based on your preferences. 
  8. Your custom labels or stickers will be packaged up safely and sent to you. 
  9. You are one happy customer! 

No matter what, here at Sticker Mountain, we can turn your creative thoughts into stickers or labels! Sticker Mountain’s expert team is here to help. If you do not want to email us your custom design updates, you can also call our customer service number and speak with one of our art professionals. 

Random Fact of the Day:

Did you know 62-90% of first impressions are based on how somebody recognizes color in a situation?