Individual design elements are the building blocks of today’s best marketing pieces, and with today’s technology, almost anything is possible when it comes to print.
Print products can vary in texture, color, shape, and finish, bringing a staying power that allows your company to shine strong among competitors.
Step Up Your Game with Memorable, Inspiring Print Promos
Here are five simple and impressive print techniques that can drastically improve the appearance of your materials.
1. Cut it Out
Whether it’s brochures, business cards, or door hangers, printed pieces aren’t limited to square or rectangular shapes.
Consider reshaping your invitation to match your logo, or creating a custom label in the shape of your most popular product. For brochures or folders, you can add custom-shaped pockets, a peek-through window, or die cuts that accentuate the featured product.
2. Add Texture
While embossing was originally known for its use in personalized stationery, today raised elements can be used in envelope flaps, business cards, hang tags, and more.
Embossing elevates your design from the background, providing a raised, textured effect. It can be used to create geometric patterns, add borders, or add a custom seal to product packaging.
3. Be Blunt
Adding contrast is one of the most effective ways to add spark to your print piece.
Contrast helps organize your design and establish a hierarchy, guiding viewers to the most important parts of your design.
Add contrast by mixing dark and light colors (like white fonts on deep, rich backgrounds), by using opposite hues in close proximity, or by mixing organic, fluid shapes with angled, geometric elements.
Contrast texture in your font pairings, graphic sizing, or in disrupted patterns like these.
4. Go Retro
Though the eye loves symmetry, the heart connects with the imperfect.
From scary scars to burned edging, imperfections in design can humanize your creations and strengthen the bond between a brand and its user.
Add retro elements by making things look dirty or ragged. Degrade pristine images with vintage photo filters, add blur or gradients to your designs, or add artifact images that scream authenticity.
5. Finish Well
Like dolloping whipped cream on your pie, adding a stock coating in your designs can bring a delicious finishing touch.
In addition to providing extra protection to your marketing materials, coatings can draw attention to key elements by adding texture and shine. Add sophistication with a glossy UV coating, shimmer with pearlescent glitter coatings, accents with spot varnishes, or coarse texture with grit coatings.
Coatings add class and show that you approach business with pride, which can make customers more comfortable working with you.
Create a Timeless Treasure
While new trends take shape every day, you can make a modern design statement with existing techniques that give your print materials a sleek twist. Great designs mix the old and the new to create timeless print pieces your clients will love.