How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers

Sticky residue is often left behind when you are removing a sticker from a surface such as glass or wall, where the sticker has been pasted on for a while. How to remove the sticky residue easily?

There are several methods you can use, and we will list them in this article.

Stickers are fun to use and apply on any surface you like, but they can be a pain to remove!

OPTION 1: EASILY REMOVABLE STICKER

Some stickers are easier to remove, so you can simply use your hands and fingers. You can peel off the sticker, and find that it doesn’t really leave much stubborn residue behind on the surface. The surface also makes a difference – whether it is a smooth and polished surface such as glass or plastic, or a rougher, textured surface such as a stone wall or wooden surface.

If you find that the sticker is comparatively easy to peel off, and the residue left behind is minimal, you can peel off the sticker by going around the perimeter. Peel a bit off from every side, and then keep going in towards the center of the sticker, attempting to peel it off as one single piece, instead of ripping away shred by shred. This usually works when the adhesive on the sticker was not that sticky to begin with, and there is lamination on the surface of the sticker, so it’s held together quite intact throughout the peeling process.

As a last step, use hot soap water to go over and wipe away any sticky residue or film that is left behind.

OPTION 2: USE ADHESIVE REMOVER

Some stickers are more stubborn to deal with.

When you try to peel them off, they leave behind residue, or jagged shreds on the surface.

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers
Peeling off stickers that leave behind sticky residue

In cases like these, you can opt to use adhesive remover. We would recommend the 3M Adhesive Remover which you can easily purchase at most hardware shops. Simply spray some of the adhesive remover over the sticker and leave it in for a few minutes. You will find that it becomes much easier to peel off the sticker then – it comes off in one piece.

OPTION 3: LIGHTER FLUID

Another option is to use lighter fluid such as the Zippo lighter fluid. The application is similar, and this works well for small pieces of stickers. Again, leave it in for a few minutes, and when you return to it again, you will find that the sticker comes off easily.

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers
Diecut stickers are fun to apply on most surfaces.

USING A SCRAPER: You can opt to use a scraper, but be sure to test it out gently at first, making sure that it doesn’t scratch the surface you are working on.

ADVISORY: When working with these liquids and materials, be sure to work in an airy environment, and use gloves if you need to. Wash your hands thoroughly, and make sure they don’t come into contact with your eyes.

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View Fireworks at Padang Singapore on National Day

View Fireworks at Padang Singapore on National Day

If you are searching for the best spot on National Day at the Padang Singapore to view the fireworks and festivities, please watch this video:

This article from Straits Times also highlights the best places to get the perfect shot on National Day from the Padang of the Singapore festivities on the night of 9th August 2019.

About Padang Singapore

Padang is a Malay word meaning ‘field’. The Padang Singapore is a huge open field located in the Downtown Core in Singapore. It is surrounded by several significant landmarks, such as the City Hall MRT Station, City Hall, the Old Supreme Court Building and the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.

Padang Singapore is used as the venue for many events, including the National Day Parades due to the significance of the first National Day Parade having been held there in 1966.

Padang Singapore is also used as a recreational area with both the Singapore Cricket Club and the Singapore Recreation Club having been formed there in 1870 and 1883 respectively.

In Singapore, it is a common sight to see the National Day flags being displayed around the island, on HDB flats and around the residential estates.

We at Pullupstand.com also offer NDP banners to decorate office spaces and condos and business areas, with ready templates that you can customise to include your company’s logo, and quickly be prepared to join in the festivities.

If you are a visitor to Singapore, welcome!

We love this sunny island we call home, and every year when National Day swings around, we become all nostalgic and emotional, especially when national day songs are in the air wherever you go, in the car on the radio as you are navigating through peak hour traffic, at the supermarkets as you are navigating the aisles, and more.

Here are a list of National Day songs, including some of our favorites – Stand Up for Singapore, Count on Me Singapore, We Are Singapore, and our personal favorite and guaranteed tearjerker (especially if you are a Singaporean celebrating NDP overseas) – Kit Chan’s rendition of ‘Home’.

Woman Standing Under a Man-made Flowing Water Fall
Jewel @ Changi Airport – check it out if you are visiting Singapore.

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Pull Up Banner Sizes to Choose From

Pull Up Banner Sizes to choose from

What are some of the most common pull up banner sizes used around the world? And how do you choose which size is suitable for your use?

Common Pull Up Banner Sizes

85cm x 200cm – This is the most common size of pull up banner that you see most of the time. This roughly translates to 33 inches x 78 inches, for countries that use the imperial system instead of the metric system.

This size of pull up banner is commonly used for exhibitions, tradeshows, airports, hospitals, schools and more.

some links to other sites that show the 33 x 78 inches:

Banner Stands Depot

Displays 2 Go

Posterhead Signs

Pinterest Examples of Pull Up banners

Another common pull up banner size is 60cm x 160cm

This is smaller in size, and better for use in malls or shops where you might not want the pull up banner to overpower other displays or shelves.

There are also bigger sizes – such as 120cm x 200cm and the largest – 150cm x 200cm. Opt for the biggest sizes when you want to really make an impact and stand out from the competition. We have customers who only want the very biggest size of pull up banner that we can provide.

Aside from the size, there are also different designs and model of the base for the pull up stand. You can view the different sizes and models on our Pull Up Stands page. We also show the different prices for each model. Most of the models are readily available in stock and we can print your designs fast in time for your event.

Related posts and pages:

How much does a simple Pull Up Banner Cost?

Can I Reuse my existing Pull Up Banner Stand?

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How do I prepare a poster for printing?

how to prepare poster for printing

How do I prepare a poster for printing?

Do you need to prepare a poster for printing? Cool. What used to be the domain of the select few, such as advertising agencies, design specialists and graphic artists has now been liberalised such that anyone can do so and almost anyone will be able to print posters which they have designed themselves.

Over the years, the process has become easier, more affordable and within the reach of the average Joe. Anyone with a smartphone and a computer can whip up a poster on their own, and send it for printing. Even if you don’t have access to a professional graphics editor such as Photoshop, there are free alternatives such as GIMP, Paint, Canva and more. You can find them listed here.

Having said that, there are a few rules to take note of when you are preparing your artwork. In this article, we have come up with 5 things to keep in mind when you are preparing your poster for printing.

 


5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PREPARING A POSTER FOR PRINTING


 

There are 2 parts to preparing a poster for printing – the Art and the Science of it.

The ART of preparing a poster: creativity and aesthetics. Here’s where you inject beauty into the frame, splash your ideas across the canvas and design to your heart’s desire. Make it beautiful. Make it pop. If you’re designing a poster to promote a product or for marketing purposes, then bring attention to the marketing message. Design with the objective in mind. Have a call-to-action.

The SCIENCE of preparing a poster: the specifications and technical aspect of ensuring your poster will print out properly. In the 5 things we cover, it will assist you in preparing the science of printing a poster.

 

1. COLOR MODE

There are 2 color modes in most graphic editors such as Photoshop that you need to know – RGB and CMYK. RGB color mode is suitable when you are designing for the web or for display on a digital screen. CMYK is suitable when you are designing for print output. This is because printing machines use CMYK color (CMYK = cyan, magenta, yellow and black). The CMYK color properties will relay to your printer how to mix ink to produce the shades in your design.

If your photos are in RGB, fret not. You can select to change the color mode in Photoshop to CMYK. Go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color. This will convert your file from RGB to CMYK color mode.

Change RGB to CMYK color mode

Change RGB to CMYK color mode

 


2. IMAGE SIZE & RESOLUTION

Start off right by preparing the canvas accurately. Image size (in centimetres or inches. the width and height) and Image resolution (pixels/inch) will prepare the poster correctly so that it prints out nicely and clearly. You must not expect to design a poster in A5 size and print it out in A1 size without the images appearing blurred and pixelated. That will be so disappointing.

Decide what is the correct size that you want to design for. If it is A2 size (as shown in the screenshot below), then the width will be 42cm and the height will be 59.4. For more information on other poster sizes, refer to our post on Common Poster Sizes.

Choose Image Size for Printing Poster

Choose Image Size for Printing Poster

For the resolution, you can select minimum 150 pixels/inch. This is also referred to as 150dpi. For large format printing, 150dpi is sufficient. If you are preparing artwork for offset printing (brochure, namecards, flyers), then we suggest 300dpi. A yardstick for this is: ‘the higher the better’. (However, if it’s too high, the file size will be HUGE!) Just don’t send artwork in 72dpi.. the printout might be blurred and undesirable.

 


3. CHECKING THE IMAGE IS SHARP ENOUGH

After you’ve done the artwork, check on your side if the images will turn out fine. Zoom into the graphics at 66.7% on your screen and visually go over every part of the poster. Is it clear? Is it sharp? The sharpness of the details, the text and the images you see on your screen at 66.7% is a close indication of how the printout will appear.

If it’s all good, great! You are ready to send the poster in for printing!

Checking Artwork for Poster

Checking Artwork for Poster

 


4. SAVING THE FILE

We suggest that you save the file in both PSD and JPEG file format. (Please see footnote below as well..)

PSD file will retain your artwork in its working file mode, with all the layers for text, photos and colors separate. So if you should need to go back to your artwork at a later date and make changes, edit it, you can. Be sure to save a PSD version for your safekeeping.

JPEG file is what you will send over for printing. JPEG file will not be as big in size as the PSD file. In the JPEG file, all the layers will be flattened, so the printers will only see one flattened artwork. The printers won’t be able to edit or tweak the artwork, so this ensures that no text will go out of alignment, etc. Save the JPEG file in the highest option for Quality (’12’) and you are good! You can email that file over to your printer to have your poster printed.

Save as PSD and JPEG file

Save as PSD and JPEG file

* If you are more well-versed with Photoshop & Illustrator, we will actually love to receive your file in Photoshop EPS file or high-resolution PDF file. You can export your file to a high-resolution PDF file from most programs, especially Photoshop & Illustrator. If you are not very sure on this portion, feel free to give us a call or email us so we can clarify further.

 


5. CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRINTING PARTNER

We also emphasize on choosing the right printing partner. Find one who is easy to communicate with, offers a lot of support and cares about getting you the output and quality that you need.

We have often heard of horror stories where the printing partner simply received the file from the designer or customer and simply went ahead to print it without spotting errors in the file or asking the customer to double-check on design in the poster that seemed not in place. Sometimes it comes down to common sense, but usually we narrow it down to one thing: Caring for the Customer.

At Pullupstand.com, we check through every file sent to us, ensure all is in order, and even send a visual back to the customer. The customer checks through the visual and has to give us the final confirmation that all is in order with the artwork, before we proceed to print the poster.

Choosing the Right Partner to Print

Choosing the Right Partner to Print

There are many finishing options that you can select for your poster:

• Do you want it to be mounted on foamboard, or non-mounted?

• Do you want it matt-laminated (95% of customers do) or gloss-laminated?

• Do you want it to be framed? Or mounted with capping?

• Do you need a display stand to hold it up for you?

 

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

 

All said and done, enjoy the process!

Let us know if you need any assistance. 😀

 

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