Streams of stickers come pouring out of our printers every day. Today alone we’ve printed several hundred to go on books, notebooks, brochures, bottles, boxes and much more. Basically, we just can’t get enough of printing stickers, and so we’ve decided to dedicate an entire article to them!
We’d like to introduce you to the various programs available online for creating stickers and adapting them to suit your needs. This article is aimed at those who want to know how to make stickers with as little effort but as many customisation options as possible. We’ll give an overview of the different pieces of software and try to help you work out which one best meets your needs.
Software for creating customised stickers
If you’re a dab hand at graphic design, you cannot but agree: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are the best programs for any type of graphic design project, including designing stickers. They allow you to fully customise your design and produce a result that is perfect down to the very last detail.
However, they are not easy programs to use, nor are they cheap: they are definitely aimed at the pros! We therefore recommend that less expert users give the software listed below a try – a good result is guaranteed, without you cursing the day you first set eyes on an Illustrator or Photoshop panel.
1. Adobe Spark
The first program we’d like to discuss is Adobe Spark. Yes, ok, it’s still in the Adobe family, but this web app is free and a lot more intuitive to use. Spark is a very simple program for creating stickers, and it gives you excellent design results.
Once you’ve registered, go to the ‘Post’ section to make your stickers. You’ll be taken through the process step-by-step, as follows:
- Choose the correct size and shape for your stickers.
- Select the layout that best meets your needs and decide where to put your text and images. You can also let Spark do it for you – the software will automatically put the various elements of your design into the best places, at least in its opinion 😉
- Customise your design by adding images or filters. You can upload your own images or choose from the huge range available in the gallery.
- You can, of course, also add text in your preferred font.
Once you’ve finished, save and download your stickers or send them directly to us by email, and we’ll take care of the printing. Here’s an example of the type of personalised stickers you can create with Spark.
We’ve mentioned Canva before, in our article explaining how to create Christmas cards online. If you’ve tried it and got on well with it, you’ll be pleased to hear you can also use it to create custom stickers. You can register for free in just a few steps, and the tool is genuinely simple to use: so simple, in fact, that we can describe all the steps here. At the beginning you will encounter this page, on which you can flick through the vast gallery of templates offered by Canva: there are hundreds and hundreds of different layouts to choose from.
Choose the template you like best, safe in the knowledge that all of the various aspects can be altered: you can delete, move or resize all the pre-existing elements, change the background, colours, text, sizes and fonts, add filters and images, and so on. When it comes to images, you can, of course, upload your own file (by dragging it into Canva) or you can use the images in the gallery, where there are over one million photographs, illustrations and icons to choose from.
To open the library’s floodgates, simply insert a keyword into the search box. Once you’ve finished designing your sticker, you can download it in PDF, JPEG or PNG format and send it for printing. You’ll end up with stickers that look almost as good as if you’d hired a graphic designer.
The third software for creating stickers we’d like to tell you about is Crello. We’ve tried it, and we have to say we had a lot of fun! After logging in – you can register in just a few seconds, also through Facebook – you will find yourself with an artboard very similar to the one found in Canva.
On the left there is an endless number of tools to customise your project. And when we say endless, we mean endless! In the ‘Design’ section you can choose from a huge number of layouts, which can be altered in any way you like: you can upload your own images, choose from those in the gallery, change the colours and add text, frames, icons, symbols, geometric shapes, pre-prepared sticker templates and illustrations.
Alternatively, you can start from scratch and create your own sticker, using all the different elements offered by the software. The choice is so extensive, we’re sure you’ll manage to create the stickers you have in mind. We enjoyed designing a sticker for an organic bistro. Here it is: it took us less than a minute.
Do you like it? Using these programs for creating stickers online really is child’s play. We’ve already sent our design to be printed!