Make sure you save your files to a compatible version of Illustration (latest tested is CC 2021).
You will need an Adobe Illustrator file separated onto two layers, the print layer and the cut layer.
Print (bottom) layer: Contains all the images of stickers that you require, make sure your images are embedded – not linked.
Cutting (top) layer: Contains the cutlines around each sticker – this is a 1pt black stroke around the object
The vinyl comes off a 610mm (24″) roll. The vinyl cutter cannot go edge to edge when cutting, it requires minimum 25mm either end to allow space for the rollers.
The cutting layer (artboard 1 – smaller top layer) cannot be wider than 550mm. It can be up to 1442mm (56″) long.
The print layer (artboard 2 – larger bottom layer) cannot be wider than 610mm. It can be up to 5000mm long.
Mark each corner of artboard 1 with 10mm black circles for the vinyl cutter to align with.
Add your artwork to the print layer.
Duplicate in place (CMD + C, CMD + SHIFT + V) your alignment dots so they are on BOTH the cut and print layer.
If you’ve made it this far, nice work! Upload your Illustrator file and get a TO to print this for you on vinyl. Make sure your fonts and images are embedded, linked files will not be able to be printed.
The file will be opened in Photoshop, opening Artboard 2 (The print layer) when prompted, and printed via the Canon Plug-In.
Upload & Pay
Upload and pay using the Sticker Submit Form and your two layer Adobe Illustrator file.
Pay for the vinyl material through the Print Media Payment Portal and attach your receipt to the form. Accept the terms and conditions.
Export your cut lines out of Illustrator using the Roland CutStudio Extension. Exporting the alignment circles allows for visual alignment in CutStudio.