Ever wonder how those fancy shmancy illustrators create the “sticker effect” for their characters?
Here’s a quick and easy method to do just that, using Photoshop.
First, start out with your image – make sure your character is on a separate layer (this is very important).
I generally keep my inks on a separate layer from my colors. What I want to do is combine the inks and colors without altering the original ink / color layers. So, duplicate the inks layer, then duplicate the colors layer (Command-J performs a layer duplication). Next, flatten the two duplicated layers with Command-E.
Your layers should look like this:
Next, on the flattened inks/color layer, choose the Layer Effects option (in the Layers palette) and apply an outer stroke. In my case, I set the size to 16px and the color to white.
To make your sticker look more convincing, consider adding a textured background, like the ruled paper texture I’ve used.
That’s all there is to it!