Few months back, one of my friend was visiting who is crazy about bike riding. He had to buy some stuff for his bike in chandigarh and we reached Karol Bagh Market. on back side of main market, there is a huge market for bikes and cars. I think it was diwali day and market was almost close. During this visit to Karolbag, we also visited Universal Digital Imaging Company, which is a shop for printing different types of stickers. Let's check out this PHOTO JOURNEY, with some details about the way they process these stickers in few seconds...
It was probably a 50 square-feet shop, which was full of stickers all around, two computers and few printers. Initially, this setup was not very impressive to me. Aneesh, who was accompanying me started talking to the person there. He needed some special stickers, who can only be printed for associated members of a particular Motorsport Club. That fellow asked for the permissions and we had nothing in written. Aneesh called up one of the officers from the relevant club to take permission. Finally they started processing the stickers. I was amazed to see the level of scrutiny this sticker shop was doing.
After all the formalities, the guy started working on his computers and there were thousands of images on his machine. Almost all kinds of stickers - Political parties, Motorbike clubs, Media channels, Religious etc. We picked up 4 of them for Aneesh. This computer was connected to a printing machine, which actually cut out some pieces of various shapes, as designed in a image. Different colored papers are fed into these machines and final outcome came as cut out marks. To see how these machines work, please check out the video in the end.
Universal Stickers in Delhi is one of the most popular shops, which prints stickers for various companies, organizations or political parties from various states of India. All people at this shop were amazingly efficient in handling customers. Everyone had a specific set of skill to handle all jobs in an efficient way.
Few people were extremely efficient in handling computers, which was more about doing custom changes on runtime and printing them accurately and at the same time, some people were skilled for taking the cut out portions out of the main sheet and align them. I know, it sounds weird that how sticker printing can be so complex. But yes, it is. There are lot of complex stickers in market which have complex curves with multiple colors and all this need special handling. Don't forget to watch this video for understanding the way these stickers are created. In fact the primary step is shown in this video.