How to Make a Sticker in Photoshop


If you’ve got a great idea for a sticker or can’t seem to find much to your liking from generic, store-bought choices, you can make your own with just a few quick steps in Photoshop. Photoshop is a graphics tool available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, offering options for sticker making including drawing tools, painting and filler designs. Create stickers to promote your band, show off your latest doodles, offer encouragement or just to decorate your locker or office door. With a few simple clicks, you’ll be making custom, personalized stickers.

  • Open Photoshop and select “File,” then click “New.” Name the file “MySticker.” Set the dimensions for your sticker, such as 4 inches by 4 inches, and choose “RGB Color” from the “Mode” drop down. Select “White” from the “Contents” section and click the “OK” button. Click “View” and “Fit on Screen,” which gives you more room to work.

  • Click the “Paintbrush” tool on the “Tools” palette on the left side of the screen. Double-click the top left box in the “Color Picker,” which is the two overlapping colored squares. Select a paint color, then choose from the “Brush” menu at the top of the screen. Draw the outline of an object for the sticker, such as a cat head, sports team logo or peace sign.

  • Click the “Paint Bucket,” then click inside the outline you just drew, which fills with color. Click the “Paintbrush” again, switch paint colors and brush heads, then add more accents to the sticker.

  • Click the “Text” tool, which looks like a “T,” and notice the new toolbar at the top of the screen. Select a font, color and size, then position your cursor inside the “MySticker” box. Type your name, a phrase or word.

  • (Optional) Click the “Paint Bucket” and pull down the “Fill” menu at the top of the screen. Choose “Pattern,” then click the “Pattern” box and choose a design. Click inside the “MySticker” box, which fills with the pattern as the sticker’s background.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you’re going to print your sticker on a clear/transparent decal sticker, when you set up your file, choose “Transparent” from the “Contents” section and save the file with a “GIF” extension; GIFs are the only files that permit clear backgrounds.

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