Designing Your Custom Vinyl Decal

Preparing your design file to be turned into an amazing custom vinyl decal is pretty simple, though there’s still a few things to keep in mind. Check out our handy guide below, but if you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll gladly help you out: design@grizzlydecals.com.

File Specifications

Design Color: black with a transparent background

Since your custom decal transfer sticker will be cut out of a single solid color piece of vinyl material, your design should be only one color with a transparent background.

File Type: .ai (preferred) .png, .psd, .jpg, .pdf // or any other file type you’re working with

No matter what file type you send us, we’ll be turning it into an .ai or .png file when we’re ready to cut; however, when it comes to making any changes or necessary tweaks to your design, we like working with vector artwork. Don’t worry, though. We can work with just about any file type and we’ll help get it ready. If we feel there’ll be problems with the design file you submitted, we’ll reach out ASAP.

Resolution: at least 72ppi

We like working with vector artwork, though rasterized images are good too so long as they’re at least 72ppi in the final size of the decal that you’d like cut.

Size: At least the size of the decal that you’ve ordered.

If you send us a file larger than the final size of your decal – great – the more pixels the better. If it’s a little smaller, we might be able to work with it, though we’ll tackle that on a case-by-case basis.

Bleed: None

You don’t need to include any extra space (bleed) around your design. You can include some if you want, but we’ll remove it before sending it to cut. To easily remove extra space around your design: open the file in Photoshop then go to Image > Trim.

Design Tips

We’ll work with you to get your artwork ready to be turned into a decal, but keep the following in mind when creating your design.

Make Sure Your Decal Can Be Cut At The Correct Size

Since we’re working with the physical material of vinyl, we’ll need to make sure that your design can be cleanly cut at the size you want. Areas that are less than 1/16-inch (.0625″) may not cut cleanly, so if you have parts of your design that are smaller, we’ll either have to make those areas thicker or increase the size of your decal.

Lines or areas that taper off into a point are usually fine, though if we anticipate any issues, we’ll let you know during the proof process.

 

Make Sure We Can Cleanly “Weed” Your Decal

Weeding is what we call the process in which we remove the unnecessary pieces of your decal. On your design, this’ll be the white or the transparent space.

Since each little bit of excess material is removed by hand, we need to make sure it can be taken away cleanly. The best way to accomplish this is to make sure those areas are at least 1/12-inch (.08-inch) wide. If there are areas smaller than 1/12-inch, we’ll either have to widen those areas a bit or increase the size of your decal.

Lines or areas that taper off into a point are usually fine, though if we anticipate any issues, we’ll let you know during the proof process.

 

Feel free to submit your design even if you’re not sure if it’s completely perfect for cutting. We’ll make any necessary tweaks during the proving process and let you know what we did. You can request unlimited changes, alterations, and tweaks until you’re completely happy with the final design.

We hope that these tips help you out when creating your artwork, but feel free to reach out any time with any questions to design@grizzlydecals.com and we’ll by happy to help out.

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