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How To Design A Racing Bib with Lunacy

Designing racing bibs has never been easier! With Color Right Now‘s step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to create stunning designs for your racing bibs using Lunacy, a free online app that’s simple to use.

Here are some reasons to use Lunacy:

– Built-in templates and design elements: Lunacy comes with a variety of built-in templates and design elements, such as icons, illustrations, and photos, that you can use to quickly create professional-looking designs without needing to create everything from scratch.

Compatibility with Sketch files: Lunacy is compatible with Sketch files, which means you can easily open, edit, and export Sketch files without needing to use Sketch itself.

Free to use: Lunacy is a free application that you can download and use without any cost.

To get started, download Lunacy from the Microsoft Windows App site. Once it’s installed, you’ll be ready to begin designing your racing bib.

From the Microsoft Windows App site download LUNACY

how to design a racing bib with lunacy

  1. Template setup:

    To begin setting up your artboard on Lunacy.

    First navigate to the artboard logo by going to the top left corner of the application. Once you’ve located the artboard logo, click and drag your mouse in the main area of the application to create a new artboard.

    Next, click on the artboard in the right-hand corner of the application and enter the dimensions you desire. For racing bibs, the standard size is 6 inches by 9 inches, with an additional 0.125 inches of space around the edges for cutting purposes. To ensure your design fits these specifications, you can type in W: 888px (9.25 inches) and H: 600px (6.25 inches) in the width and height fields.

    This will give you an artboard that is perfectly sized for creating a racing bib design. With your artboard set up, you can now begin designing your racing bib.

  2. Racing to design:


    With its user-friendly interface and a wide variety of design elements, designing your racing bibs has never been more exciting.

    First, you’ll set up your artboard. Then, you’ll dive into the world of design elements, with the four main design tools on the left-hand sidebar.

    Styles, Icon, Photos, and Illustrations are your tools to make your racing bibs stand out from the crowd! Each of these tools offers a wide variety of design elements that you can use to add to your racing bib. You can experiment with pre-designed styles like gradients and shadows, add symbols or other visual elements with the icons, use beautiful images and illustrations to make your bibs more attractive.

    – Each tool has a search bar that you can use to find specific elements. For example, you can search “Racing” in the search bar and you will find a variety of running photos and icons that are related to racing.

    But that’s not all, as you design, remember to keep the edges and the middle of the bib free from important information to ensure that nothing gets cut off during printing. With this in mind, you’ll be able to create a racing bib that is not only functional but also a true work of art that will make all the racers stand out from the crowd. So, let’s get started and design the most spectacular racing bibs with Lunacy!

  3. Look and remember spacing:


    When designing your racing bib, it’s crucial to pay close attention to spacing. This includes not only the spacing between design elements but also the space around the edges of the bib, where it will be cut. A good rule of thumb is to keep 0.125 inches of space around the edges and 0.25 inches around any important information such as the racer’s number or name, to ensure that nothing gets cut off during printing.

    To help you visualize the correct spacing, refer to the sample provided in this image below. It shows a template that was created using the guidelines and circle. This template can serve as a reference for you to ensure that your design adheres to the correct spacing.

    However, you don’t have to use this template, as you can design your bib however you want as long as you keep the measurements in mind. Remember, keeping the right spacing is crucial to make sure that your design is not only beautiful but also functional.

    Sample of the type spacing you need for a racing bib design. Look at the red line and the red circles.


  4. It’s all about the numbers and names (Part 1):


    Google Sheets is a free online spreadsheet application that is part of the Google Suite of products. You can access Google Sheets by going to the Google Drive website ( or by visiting in your web browser.

    To use Google Sheets, you will need to have a Google account, which is also free to create. Once you have a Google account, you can sign in to Google Drive and access all the features of Google Sheets, including creating, editing, and sharing spreadsheets.

    * In addition, Google Sheets can also be accessed via mobile apps available for iOS and Android. You can easily find and download Google Sheets app from the App Store or Google Play Store on your mobile device, and sign in with your Google account to access your spreadsheets from anywhere.

    So need variable data for the bibs. For this “How To” we will be using Google Sheets. So let’s get started.

    – Open Google, go to the top right corner (Icon of 9 circles),
    – Click on it, and open Sheets.
    – Open a blank template.

  5. It’s all about the numbers and names (Part 2):


    When adding the variable data for your racing bibs to your excel sheet, it’s important to be organized and consistent.

    To do this, you can start by adding the titles of the bibs in column 1 (A, B, and C). The most common titles for racing bibs are “Number”, “First Name”, and “Last Name”. This will provide a clear structure for the rest of the information you will be adding.

    Then, in each row under the corresponding title, type in the number assigned to the racer in the “Number” column, the racer’s first name in the “First Name” column, and the racer’s last name in the “Last Name” column. It’s important to double-check that all the information is accurate and correctly spelled. Once you have all the information you need, it’s time to save your work.

    To save your excel sheet, you can use the share button located at the top right corner. This allows you to save a softcopy of your excel sheet and share it with others if needed.

    Note: It’s recommended to save two different files, one without any type in the middle and one with the variable data in the middle. This will allow the printing store to see what the bib will look like without the variable data and the second one will be the working file for printing.


  6. To save a softcopy:


    When saving your excel sheet that contains the variable data for your racing bibs, it’s important to save two different versions of the file.

    – The first version should be saved without any type in the middle, and the second version should include the variable data in the middle.

    The reason for saving two different versions is to provide the printing store with a clear visual of what the final product will look like. The version without any type in the middle will show the overall layout and design of the bib, while the version with the variable data in the middle will serve as the working file for printing. This way, the printing store can ensure that all the important information, such as the racer’s number and name, will be accurately placed on the bib and won’t be cut off during printing.

    It’s important to keep in mind that having two different versions of the excel sheet will also help you to check for any errors or mistakes that may have been made when entering the variable data. It is also useful when you need to make any changes or updates to the data before sending it to the printing store.

    When saving, it’s also important to give a clear and consistent name to the files to avoid confusion.

    – For example, “Racing Bib Design – Final” and “Racing Bib Design – Variable Data”. This will make it easy for the printing store to identify the files and for you to keep track of the different versions.


Easy and free, that is how to design racing bibs using Lunacy

Do you have designing questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page

When you have your design ready to print, your next step is to send us your file and request a price quote

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