Making a vector path in photoshop
You can create **vector** paths in Photoshop by using the magic wand or magnetic lasso tool to select the area for the path, then hit the 'Make Work Path' icon on the Paths pane. You can then copy it using the Path Selection tool on the main toolbar (small black arrow) and take it into Illustrator.
Get some stock images
Need a photo or image to add to your design but don't know where to get it from? Try searching on fotolia.co.uk. They have millions of images in bitmap and vector format for you to download from just 60p!
Easily convert bitmaps to vector files
You can automatically convert bitmap files to vectors on www.vectormagic.com. Just upload your image and the website does the rest.
Vector files can be scaled to any size without loss of quality.
Get free design software
GIMP is a photo and image editing program equivalent to Adobe Photoshop.
Inkscape is a vector graphics program like Adobe Illustrator.
They both have tools and functions comparable to commercial applications.
300 is the magic number
When preparing artwork for print, remember that to guarantee a great quality print the image must be 300dpi or above. Unless, of course, you're using a vector file which can be scaled to any size without loss of quality.
Converting text to outlines
If you supply a vector file with text you need to convert the text to outlines or the font may drop out. To do this in Adobe Illustrator select the text and go Type > Create outlines. Job done!
Reordering is easy
If you need a repeat of a previous job just log-in to your account and go to 'My Orders'. You'll see your order history - just hit reorder on the appropriate job and go through to the checkout to pay. If you need to alter the quantity but keep everything else the same select 'Edit Item' and enter a new amount.
Text point size
If you want the text to be legible on your sticker please keep to a minimum of 6 point.
Applying contour cut stickers with several parts
Got a contour cut design comprising of several different pieces and want to apply them to something in the correct place? Remove the excess sticker material from the sheet and rub masking tape across the stickers. Lift the tape from the sheet and rub the whole thing onto the application surface before pulling the tape off, leaving the individual parts intact.
Get creative with fonts
Tired of the same old fonts? Want to liven up your designs? www.dafont.com has tons of unusual fonts you can download for free and use in your creations!
CMYK or RGB?
Always prepare your artwork in CMYK colour mode rather than RGB. RGB is designed for screens so some of the brightest colours are beyond the printable gamut.
Adding bleed to your artwork
If the print goes right to the edge of your sticker always extend your artwork with an extra 2mm bleed to allow for small variances in cutting. That way you won't have a slither of white down the edge of your sticker!
Please supply your artwork in pdf, ai, eps, jpg, tiff, psd, png or gif format. We can't accept artwork in formats such as doc, ppt, wps and pub.
Prepare artwork at actual size
Your artwork should always be prepared at the size you'd like the print. You can set the document size in the 'Document Setup' dialogue box on Illustrator or the 'Canvas Size' feature on Photoshop.
Adding a contour cut line
If you're ordering contour cut sticker you need to indicate your cut line on a seperate layer of your Photoshop or Illustrator artwork. If no line is specified we will add one at our discretion.
Specify white and gloss areas
If you add a spot gloss varnish option, or choose a product that uses a white layer (clear and metallic stickers) you'll need to specify which parts of the sticker you'd like printed in white and which parts you'd like spot gloss varnished. To indicate this shade the areas you'd like on a seperate layer on Photoshop or Illustrator.
Add a border
Art paper prints and posters often look best with a white border. If you decide to use one make sure you factor it into the final poster size when you get a quote.
Get a custom sample
Since we have no minimum order we don't offer custom samples. If you're thinking of ordering a longer run but would like to see the product first why not just order one sticker or poster?
Applying a large sticker
Diginate stickers are nice and thick to make application easier. Just gradually pull the backing paper away whilst smoothing the sticker on with the palm of your hand.
Guarantee your delivery
Choosing the Interlink Express delivery option guarantees you a trackable delivery one working day from dispatch.
Get some colour inspiration
If you're bored of the same old colour combinations why not check out colour palatte generating websites such as colrd.com for some inspiration?
Design your artwork online
Don't have any specialist design software on your computer? Don't worry! You can use our online designer to generate your artwork.
Show off your Diginate projects
Done something cool with your Diginate products? We'd love to see it! Why not post pictures on our facebook page?!
Maximum file upload
Keep an eye on your filesize - our maximum file size is 50mb. If you're preparing poster artwork and struggling to stay below that try saving down as a flattened jpg or a tif with file compression.
Ask us a question
Need to find something we haven't covered in our help section? Just send us a message via our contact form and we'll try and get back to you the same working day.
Stay updated via twitter
Enter your twitter username during the checkout process or in your account area and we'll keep you up to date as your order progresses through our production process.
Add a QR code
Make your stickers or posters interactive with a QR Code linking through to your website or social media profile.