We love to bring you design tips for your sticker projects. In addition to this post, be sure to check out Tips for Making Black and White Stickers, Desktop Design Terms and the sequel More Desktop Design Terms You Should Know, along with our blog called Inspiration! Projects for Vinyl Sticker. This blog will focus on incorporating fonts and numerals into your design, for both practical and fun projects. Ready? Let’s get started.
What are sticker fonts?
Strictly speaking, sticker fonts are representations of text. Basically, digital letters. Sticker designs that include names, sayings, etc., use fonts.
Fonts add a level of interest to your project whether they stand alone or are part of a larger design because sticker fonts come in a variety of styles, shapes, point sizes and weights.
What are numerals?
Like sticker fonts, numerals simply represent a number and are also available in a variety of styles, point sizes, weights and shapes.
Breaking down sticker fonts and numerals
Let’s take a closer look at sticker fonts and numerals.
The style, also known as the typeface, is the fun part! Your normal word processor comes pre-loaded with a variety of styles from the classic Times New Roman to styles that are scripts, appear typewritten or handwritten, and more. You can find sticker fonts for free and for purchase online. If you have special software, like what comes with the CriCut®, it may also come with a selection of proprietary fonts.
The point size is the vertical height of the font or numeral – how tall it appears on your screen and in your final design.
The weight is the thickness relative to the height. Sticker fonts and numerals that are scripts typically are lighter in weight, while bolder fonts designed to stand out have heavier weights.
The point size and weight matter because they affect how easy it is to read the sticker font and/or numeral.
Choosing your sticker fonts and numerals wisely
Here is where some design knowledge comes into play. You might like the elegance of a scripted font but if you are making large stickers for something like a garage sale sign, script is going to be very hard to read. When choosing your sticker fonts and numerals, think about how the style, point size, and weight all must come together to convey the end result.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Heavier weights and larger point sizes denote authority. If your sticker is to mark an exit location or impart information, like a name tag, use a simple style, a heavier weight, and a larger point size.
- Script is elegant but can be hard to read if overused. Scripts work well for things like names on candle holders, mugs, glasses, or wedding invitations. Script naturally has a light weight and usually is combined with a shorter point size. Avoid using too much script on any project and never when your sticker needs to be viewed at a distance.
- Just because it’s a bold font doesn’t make it automatically readable. Some bold sticker fonts and numerals feature modern elements like gaps or atypical shapes. If the font or numeral is on the artistic side, use it sparingly like you would a script. These fonts work well as a single element, not as part of something to read like a paragraph. The numeral 1 in such a style, to mark a door, for example, would be appropriate.
- But do have fun! Making stickers is all about the fun so while you should keep readability in mind, don’t be afraid to wade through your many options and to play with the point size. Some programs even let you adjust the weight of the graphic or the kerning (spacing between characters). Just as you would with any other design element, play around with your sticker fonts and numerals as you create your unique projects.
Printing Stickers with Fonts and Numerals
Any sticker design with fonts and numerals follows the same rule as printing any other kind of document – with a caveat. If your sticker fonts are on large stickers (such as a full page sticker or a sheet of identical stickers) and you have used a large, bold style with a high weight, check your ink and double check to see that you have the right printable sticker vinyl.
Printable vinyl is formulated for inkjet and for laser printers. As they both apply the ink in different ways, using the wrong formulation can result in a streaked or faded result. Same for being short on ink. Some printers will perform one color, or black, at full capacity even if cyan, magenta, and yellow are nearly empty. Other printers will compromise the entire spectrum’s integrity if one cartridge is low.
Sticker fonts and numerals are used to enhance your project or create informational or directional signage (name tags, door numbers, etc.). Fonts and numerals are made up of a style (typeface), weight, and point size. Consider all three elements when working on your project. Script is beautiful but hard to read when overused. Bold fonts stand out and are good for being read at a distance. Modern fonts can be atypical and artsy, so use them sparingly if your project has a lot of text. Match your printable sticker vinyl to your printer (laser or ink jet) and make sure the right cartridges are full. Have fun and use your imagination when designing projects using sticker fonts and numerals.
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