Paper stickers purchased in craft stores just do not cut it when applied to a bike or motorcycle helmet. Elements like the sun fade the sticker colour, while moisture completely destroys the sticker itself. Avoid having to scrape off sticker remnants from your helmet by designing and printing your own vinyl stickers for your helmet. Vinyl inkjet sticker paper is more durable than standard sticker paper, making your helmet stickers last longer. Also, designing your own stickers allows you to express your personality and show off your style.
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Things you need
- Graphics program
- Inkjet vinyl sticker paper
- Over-laminate sheet
- Plastic straight edge
Open a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. Go to “File” > “New” to create a new document.
Adjust the size of the document to standard paper, or 8.5 inches by 11 inches. This is the standard size of most inkjet printer papers, including vinyl sticker sheets. If you are using a bitmap program like Photoshop, adjust the resolution to 300 pixels per inch (ppi) and hit “OK.”
Select the “Type” tool to create a text sticker. Click-drag the Type tool on the document canvas to create a text box. Click the “Font” drop-down to select a font, then type into the text box.
Click the “Brush” or “Paint” tool and draw your own sticker design. Click on the “Create a New Layer” button in the Layers palette in Photoshop or Illustrator. Layers separate brush strokes, text and other objects into individual layers.
Insert the waterproof vinyl sticker paper into the inkjet printer tray. Go to “File” > “Print” and hit “Preferences” or “Page Setup.” Change the paper type to the paper number that appears on the sticker packaging, or choose “Glossy Photo Paper” or “Other Photo Paper.”
Hit “OK,” then press “Print.” Let the sticker designs print onto the vinyl, then let the sheets dry for about 15 minutes.
Peel the backing from the edge of one side of the over-laminate and position it over one end of the vinyl sheet. Press the over-laminate onto the vinyl paper, then slowly peel the backing away while pressing the over-laminate onto the vinyl sheet with a plastic straight edge.
Slide the straight edge over the over-laminate a few times to remove any air bubbles. Trim the excess over-laminate. Cut out the sticker shapes with a pair of scissors.
Tips and warnings
- Select a colour swatch in the Swatch palette or double-click on the colour swatch in the Tools palette to change the colour of a font or brush strokes.
- Print designs on label paper sheets and stick them onto your helmet. Then, cover the stickers in over-laminate to protect them from moisture.
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