Are you wondering what the difference is between pre cropped vs un-cropped stickers? This quick tutorial shows you how to use and crop stickers if needed too.
In this tutorial I’m going to show the difference between pre-cropped and un-cropped stickers when it comes to digital planning.
But before we get started let me just clarify what a digital sticker is for anyone wondering.
A digital stickers is just an image that serves the same purpose of a traditional planner stickers: to decorate your pages, add character, color or make something stand out inside your planner.
You can use a digital sticker indefinitely because you can copy and paste as many times as you wish and use in as many planners or documents as you like.
Digital planner stickers are often PNG image files because this format allows for transparent background so the stickers don’t have a white boarder around them.
Digital Stickers Format
Here are the 3 ways that you might receive your digital planner stickers when purchasing from sellers online:
- Un-cropped sticker sheets
- Cropped PNG files
- Pre-cropped sticker books
But how exactly do pre-cropped vs un-cropped stickers differ from each other? Well, let me show you with examples below.
1. Un-cropped sticker sheets
Let’s start with a non cropped example. A sticker sheet is an un-cropped image.
It’s one file with several stickers together. When you receive stickers like this you have to pre crop your stickers yourself.
You cannot use any of these stickers on their own before you pre crop it.
And how do you do that? Luckily most digital planning apps will give you the ability of cropping stickers. In GoodNotes for instance I can use the lasso tool to make a copy of this file and then crop the image by adjusting the lines around the image that I want to use.
Once I am done I will be left with one cropped sticker. This is a bit of a tedious work, and you would have to repeat for every single piece of sticker you want to use.
That’s why many digital planner designers, including myself, advertise that they provide you with cropped stickers because this makes it so much easier for you to insert images.
2. Cropped PNG Stickers
So what are cropped stickers? Cropped stickers are just stickers on their own. They are basically the image file separated from the sticker sheets.
Here in this folder I have a bunch of cropped PNG file stickers, so I can just drop them on my digital planner, then resize and organize them however I want.
This is a lot easier than having to crop every single sticker, however I still need to import them to my digital planner.
3. Pre-cropped Digital sticker books
And the third way you can get your stickers is through pre-cropped sticker books, you might have seen sellers calling it a goodnotes file format, or goodnotes sticker book.
These stickers books are just pages with pre-cropped images that the seller has organized for you so you don’t have to import them to GoodNotes one by one. You just to import the file once and you will be able to use all stickers inside that file straight away with the lasso tool, they are cropped and ready for use.
This is by far the easiest way to get a large amount of stickers in your library very easily. From here you can use the lasso tool to select several stickers in one go and paste them wherever you want in any other document inside GoodNotes.
GoodNotes seem to be a popular app for digital planners that is why you see sellers offering GoodNotes stickers book often but the reality is that you can make digital sticker books in any other note taking app such as Noteshelf and Notability.