I’ll demonstrate in this article how to use Photoshop to convert a photo into a sticker. We’ll create a sticker effect first.

I’ll also demonstrate how to export a digital sticker with a background that is transparent. I’ll also explain how to print it as a sticker.

Start with a photo, or an illustration.

Separate the image from the background.

Choose the Object selection tool

Click Select subject.

Use the selection tools to refine the selection, hold shift to add to the selection and Alt/Option to remove from selection.

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to copy the selection to a new layer.

Click FX to add layer styles.

Choose stroke

Give it a nice thick white outer stroke.

Optional: Click on Color overlay and give it a solid color. This is just an option of you want that.

Click ok.

Lets make it look a little bit more like a poster effect.

Click on new adjustment layer and Posterize.

Set levels to 3.

Click the icon to clip the effect to just the layer we are working on. (See the red box).

If you want to reduce the posterization effect, lower the opacity of the Posterize adjustment layer.

Let’s examine making a transparent digital sticker.

Turn off the background layer.

You should see a checkerboard pattern. This is transparency in Photoshop.

Let’s trim off the extra canvas around the transparent shape. You don’t need to crop, because Photoshop has a nice tool.

Choose Image>Trim

Select Transparent Pixels and click ok.

Save your file.

Now you can use it on documents and the transparency will show.

Making a printed sticker.

The important thing here is making sure you are at print resolution.

Set the resolution Image>Image size to 300ppi (dpi)

When you have finished designing your sticker, convert to CMYK mode. Image>Mode CMYK.

Some things to bear in mind. If you are using an irregular edge, the printer will have to create a die and die-cut the shape. This is more expensive than making a rectangular/square/circular sticker.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

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