I put the capes on in whatever way the manual suggests. But...
Joedward wrote:If I can help it I try to make sure the word LEGO on the studs are the same orientation/face the same way.
The mark made by the spru on most types of tiles must always be hidden from view.
I have the same compulsive building habits - it slows the building process down quite a bit, but, a longer building time = more fun, right? Oh, and I always check the source material for sticker orientation. The manual can have you putting them on upside-down or backwards every once in a while (Ahsoka's Starfighter comes to mind...)