How to Put Stickers on Your Guitar From a Picture

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How to Put Stickers on Your Guitar From a Picture
Guitars can become a blank canvas waiting for personalisation with stickers (guitar image by Darren Nickerson from Fotolia.com)

Stickers on guitars have many uses. They can be used as a form of personal expression, or they can be used to cover up nicks or cuts in the guitar's body. No matter what you choose to use them for, stickers can be bough pre-printed or you can custom design your own. You can even personalise a sticker for your guitar by using an existing picture that you own. A computer and at least some basic proficiency with photo editing software is necessary to complete this project.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Photo editing software
  • Inkjet printer
  • Scanner (if printer lacks one)
  • Vinyl sticker printer pages
  • Blow dryer, if necessary

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Scan the photo you want to turn into a sticker onto your computer using your scanner or All-in-One inkjet printer.

  2. 2

    Load the picture into your photo editing software program.

  3. 3

    Edit the photo so that it is centred and appears as you would like it to on the sticker.

  4. 4

    Load the vinyl sticker paper into your inkjet printer.

  5. 5

    Print the edited photo onto the vinyl sticker sheets. Lay the printed stickers out on a flat surface to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Wipe your guitar clean. Leftover adhesive from previous stickers or removed pick guards are not only unsightly but can prevent new stickers from properly adhering to the guitar. If some leftover adhesive is particularly troublesome to remove, a light heat source like a blow dryer can loosen it, making it easier to remove.

  7. 7

    Remove the sticker from the paper backing and apply to your clean, dry guitar. Smooth it your with your thumb, making sure no air bubbles form underneath the sticker. You can now add additional stickers or start playing.

Tips and warnings

  • If you wish, you can apply a thin coat of laminate such as ModPodge on the top of your sticker before adhering it to your guitar. Though not necessary,this can protect the sticker and possibly make it last longer. Be sure to let the laminate dry completely before touching or applying to your guitar.
  • Though you may be tempted to use a cheaper version of sticker paper than vinyl paper, try to refrain from doing so. Vinyl sticker paper is thick and will last years with proper maintenance, whereas cheaper stickers lose their adhesive very quickly and will have to be replaced frequently. You may even have problems getting the cheaper stickers to adhere to the guitar due to cheaper adhesive being used.
  • If using a blow dryer on your guitar, be careful not to let it blow too long directly onto one spot. Too much heat on one part of the guitar wood can cause it to become warped, which will affect the sound of your guitar and may even ruin it.

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