I'm creating a sticker in Illustrator and was wondering whether when exporting to PDF format, can it only be saved in a rectangular/square shape?

I'm asking because if not then I'd prefer to have a PDF that wraps around the corners and curves to create a more interestingly shaped sticker.


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    Welcome to Graphic Design! Your question is a bit unclear: the aim of the PDF is to be printed? Usually printers and plotters manage rectangular sheets, and professional printers are able to create irregular cuts for the stickers. – Paolo Gibellini May 22 '15 at 10:21
  • The image is printed on a square media and then cut into shape yes. No there are no 2d image formats that are non square. (there is a 3d one tough). You can use transparency but most ussers woul not know the difference. – joojaa May 22 '15 at 10:24

As I originally find it here acrobat shows a white background by default. You can open the pdf file in Acrobat App and click Ctrl+K and check the Show Transparency Grid

But by default, browsers and Acrobat app on other PCs will show a white background.

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    That's great, thank Paolo, yes, sorry if my question was a little unclear that what I meant. I'll send to the printers in a rectangular format. Also handy to know about transparency trick Ferdi and Joojaa. that answers my question, help much appreciated – buzzdude May 22 '15 at 11:16

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