How I Make Pre-Cropped PNG Digital Stickers for GoodNotes

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How I Make Pre-Cropped PNG Digital Stickers for GoodNotes

Create Perfect Pre-Cropped PNG Stickers for Goodnotes: My Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking to create your own digital stickers for Goodnotes, but don't know where to start? Don't worry, I've got you covered! In this article, I'll be sharing with you my step-by-step process for making pre-cropped PNG digital stickers that are perfect for use in Goodnotes.

What are Pre-Cropped PNG Digital Stickers?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to make pre-cropped PNG digital stickers, let's first discuss “what are pre-cropped PNG stickers?”

The term "pre-cropped" refers to the fact that these digital stickers have already been trimmed and edited to the exact size and shape that you need. This means that when you insert them into your digital planner or notebook, they are ready to go and don't require any further editing.

Pre-cropped PNG digital stickers are essentially digital images that have been pre-cropped and saved in a PNG file format with minimal space around the edges. Instead of having one large sheet of multiple images to manually crop within Goodnotes. Each sticker is a standalone sticker, ready to go and can be inserted into your digital planner or notebook with ease.

Secondly, pre-cropped PNG digital stickers offer a higher quality result as they are generally a higher resolution. By creating your own pre-cropped stickers, you can ensure that they are high resolution and perfectly fit the dimensions of your planner or notebook pages.

Now, let's dive into the steps for creating pre-cropped PNG digital stickers.

Choose Your Design Software

Alright, let's get down to business! The very first thing you need to do when creating pre-cropped PNG digital stickers is to choose a design software. Now, there are plenty of options out there, so it can be tough to know where to start.

Personally, I think Adobe Illustrator is the way to go. Why? Well, for starters, it lets you get super precise with your designs and editing. And when it comes to creating small images like digital stickers, that precision is crucial.

But also, Adobe Illustrator also has some amazing features like data merging elements and actions for batch exporting your stickers. Trust me, once you start using these features, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them!

Setting Your Artboard Size

Once you have your design software up and running, you'll need to set your artboard size. This is the size of the digital sticker that you'll be creating. In Goodnotes, the standard page size is A4, Half Letter and Goodnotes Standard so I usually set my artboard to 1000x1000 pixels. Do what’s comfortable for you and your sticker design needs, depending on your choice of exporting the artboard size may not matter too much.

Design Your Stickers

Alright, now for the fun part - designing your sticker! This is where you get to flex your creative muscles and let your imagination run wild.

Start by using the tools available in your design software to create the perfect sticker for your needs. Keep in mind the size that your sticker will be when viewed in your planner or notebook - it's easy to get caught up in the details, so make sure to zoom out occasionally to get a smaller, more accurate view.

If you're using Adobe Illustrator (which I highly recommend), some of the tools you'll be using most often include the pen tool, select and direct select, shapes, line weights (with the width tool), pathfinder and shape builder, swatches, gradients, and the eye dropper tool.

Saving Your Stickers as Pre-cropped PNG

The final step in creating a pre-cropped PNG digital sticker is to save your sticker as a PNG file. PNG files are high-quality and allow for transparency, which is essential when working with digital planners and notebooks.

The process for Exporting a PNG in Adobe Illustrator - ensuring you get as little of a boarder around your sticker and ultimately end up with a pre-cropped Goodnotes stickers - is to select your final design and then go file > Export Selection > Name and save it in your organised file system ready to be downloaded to your iPad and imported to Goodnotes. And that is literally how easy it is to get pre-cropped digital stickers for Goodnotes Elements.

Make sure to save your sticker with a descriptive file name so that you can easily find it later. I usually tend to use the search bar in file explorer so the more detailed I can be with my file names the better I am able to find them.


Creating pre-cropped PNG digital stickers for Goodnotes is a simple process that can save you time and effort in the long run. By following these steps, you'll be able to create high-quality stickers that perfectly fit your planner or notebook pages.


  1. Can I use other design software besides Adobe Illustrator? Yes. There are many design software options available, including Canva, Procreate, and Affinity Designer.
  2. Do pre-cropped PNG digital stickers work with other digital planning apps besides Goodnotes? Yes, pre-cropped PNG digital stickers can be used in other digital planning apps as well.
  3. Can I create pre-cropped PNG digital stickers on my iPad or tablet? Yes, there are many design software programs [apps] that are available on Windows, Mac and iOS, including Adobe Illustrator for the iPad.


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