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How to make Real Vinyl Stickers - stickers

video How to make Real Vinyl Stickers - stickers
This is how to make real vinyl stickers. These are real stickers not labels or cheap stuff like that.
mjenkins19 months ago
Thanks. You explained this much better than another video I just watched. Very helpful!
reptedjess4 years ago
I got that those stickers and made a bunch of stickers for a local band. Everyone I've seen stuck to a car is peeling. The adhesive isn't strong enough for outdoor use. If you use a regular inkjet printer, they will fade very quickly as well.
Not all of Papilio's vinyl are meant to be used outdoors. They have special vinyl designed for outdoor use which are also designed to be extremely difficult to remove. As for the fading, the Papilio site warns of this possibility and therefore makes an aerosol UV laminate spray which is meant to prevent this from occurring.

Outdoor paper: http://www.texascraft.com/hps/product.php?productid=17514
UV laminate spray: http://www.texascraft.com/hps/product.php?productid=17537

*Please note that the paper link is for 10 sheets. Papilio also offers 1, 100, 500, and 1000 sheet packages.
airraiser3 years ago
How durable are these stickers for outdoor use? I've had a number of people ask me for stickers that are water proof so they can put them on bike helmets and such.
Theres some stuff you can get at Amazon. Papilio brand. Inkjet Removable Waterproof Vinyl. Depending on how much wear it'll see, not to mention weather, you might want to spray the stickers with a fixative before you apply em. But they're pretty durable and waterproof on their own. Good luck!
gmjhowe5 years ago
Great work! that laminate sheet is a great idea. Is corel draw really the industry standard over there? I alway thought illustrator was (well it is in the rest of the design industry) i thought corel draw was more a prosumer program. Cool -ible! Thanks for sharing.
AirbrushTricks (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Corel is the standard in my mind at least for screen printing. Stickers really fall under screen printing in my book. Just my opinion. I get really frustrated with Adobe ilustrator. Although all my vids are Adobe Premier Pro.
just a question, can I use any INK_JET printer with any INK
zseha zseha4 years ago
Im using corel to. It is a great desing program
gotya, im guessing corel probably works better with plotter cutters also, which im sure you have used for stickers.
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In my experience InDesign, not Illustrator or Quark is the standard for magazines and newspapers, at least on a smaller production run. The really big papers tend to have their own apps running most of the show.
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I agree Quark is still very popular, but I think InDesign has taken over the majority (at least in Canada). But again for smaller papers, at least in Ontario.... although it seems like the presses like to run everything through Quark. I think Quark holds on to users because its easier to keep using it than to change infrastructure and user training.
well, indesign is a better featured, and more compatible program, however we use quark because it just has a much more stable outcome. When we make a pdf from quark, we can practically guarantee that the final result will match!
thanks for that info, its great for people unsure, however personally, i know all about them! They are all my friends, i actually work in a studio for a printworks, we do use quark mainly, but both photoshop and illustrator are essential and are used along side. However alot of people are starting to use indesign, mainly because it can be purchased for not much extra as part of the creative suite, and also its great integration with the other aodbe products. Indesign is by far a better piece of software than Quark - But, in terms of printing, quark has this amazing high standard of reliability, with us have very few problems when the files get to the press.
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haha! InDesign FTW
lets not mention freehand
dragonflii5 years ago
awesome! thanks! i will be using this so we can make our stickers for our band cheap! =)
yamaha855 years ago
hey i want to make a graphics kit for my motorbike but i dont have an inkjet printer, would u be able to use a canon mp510 printer?
I take sticky-back vinyl and run it through a color laser printer, then spray paint high-gloss clear enamel. I get the vinyl at Auto Trim in Tukwila, WA.
concreat5 years ago
Hey does anyone know where I can buy the stuff to actually execute this process?
not that this is my Instructable but just by the brand name of Papilio I came up with http://www.papilio.com/ . If you click on the Inkjet Waterproof Self-Adhesive Vinyl (the one of the hand holding a paintbrush and is painting) you will find the product that you print on and if you scroll to the bottom, there is also the transparent sheets that is recommended for a top layer. You could definitely put out some cool stickers with this!
AirbrushTricks (author)  cerberustugowar5 years ago
Thanks man.
dchall85 years ago
That's good. I usually don't like video Instructables. If you stuck the sticker to some magnetic sheeting, then you could make refrigerator magnets. I used to use clear cupboard liner to protect art projects. If I got a bubble I would stick a needle into it and bleed the air out. Could you post your sources for the vinyl and overlay materials?
AirbrushTricks (author)  dchall85 years ago
Papilio.com is the only supplier of 8 1/2 x 11 printable injet vinyl i know of right now.
mrmath5 years ago
Where do you get the stuff?