Friday, February 3, 2023

5 Main Differences Between Print and Online Graphic Design


 

Graphic design is critical in making marketing effective.

But, unfortunately, you can't just take one well-designed piece and transfer it to another form of advertising. It just doesn't work that way.

Graphic designers are trained to know how to design for the two forms. Here's a glimpse of what they know…just in case you want to try it yourself. 

5 Main Differences Between Print and Online Graphic Design

 1. Print is tactile

When you think of print, you think of a more tactile experience, such as texture, smell, and shape.

This lends itself to a different experience than online. When printing materials, you might try letterpress, embossing, or debossing, which reaches out to one's senses in another way than online. 

2. Web is flexible

For print, all information must be presented within the constraints of the printing surface, whereas designers have almost unlimited flexibility to organize, arrange, and filter information for the web.

However, using different browsers can change the web designer's original layout, requiring testing with various browsers and operating systems.

3. Color differences

Color is another way that print and web design differ.

There are different color spaces for attaining the correct color in print versus on the web. You either use CMYK for print or RGB for the web and knowing the difference will make your images and design shine.

You'll need to know how to use Pantone colors to create the colors from print that you want online. 

4. Font variances

Desktop fonts and web fonts are different.

Besides the basic rules, anything goes in print. For example, you want to avoid clashing styles and give plenty of space between letters and lines. Also, cut down on dangling text fragments and focus on creating a clean alignment.

But in web design, you must make sure it is legible online by using sans-serif or an unembellished serif. Designers have less control over how fonts display across various devices, so enhancing readability (as much as possible) is vital

5. File modifications

Deciding on a file type is essential in design.

However, before deciding on a file type, you should first consider the destination of your piece. For example, the TIFF file extension is a good choice if you're designing for print because it can be compressed without sacrificing quality.

If you are designing for the web, two file formats will only work: GIF and SVG. GIF offers the ability to use transparency and animation. But it's worth noting that this format isn't ideal for high-resolution photographs due to its limited color capabilities. In that case, the SVG format works best to preserve quality regardless of how it's scaled.

This is the tip of the iceberg in web and print design differences.

If you need insight on graphic design for your next print project, reach out to us! We would love to help you create the right image for your business.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Coated vs. Uncoated Paper Stock: Which is Best for Your Project?


 

Coated vs. Uncoated Paper Stock: Which is Best for Your Project?

Paper comes in all kinds of forms. Knowing the different variations of paper and when to use each will help you choose the right type for your print projects. 

One major decision is choosing between coated or uncoated paper. 

 

Coated

Coated paper typically receives a fine clay or polymer coating, which seals the paper, restricting ink absorption and reducing dot gain.

Dot gain makes the printed material look darker than intended because of ink absorption. All this gives your finished printed products a crisp, clean look.  

Coated paper tends to be great for projects that include images and color, which means it's great for photographs, magazines, and catalogs.

One thing to note, however, is that coated paper tends to be harder to write on.

Below are a few of the subcategories of coated paper.

 

Gloss

A gloss coating is going to have a higher sheen and is lightweight. It also tends to be cheaper than other finishes while having vibrant colors. 

 

Satin and Dull

Satin and dull finishes are between a gloss and matte finish, providing a nice balance. 

 

Matte

Matte has a nonglossy finish to reduce glare and comes with extra opacity. 

Opacity is the percentage of visible light that does not transmit through the paper, and a higher opacity means the paper is less see-through. 

Matte tends to look a little more high-end and therefore comes with an extra cost. 

 

Uncoated 

Uncoated paper does not have a coating, creating a softer, warmer appearance.

For projects without a need for vibrant images, uncoated is the way to go. Without the coating, the ink will not be as crisp, and the colors won't be as accurate. Therefore, it's often used for projects that don't use vibrant pictures and colors.

It's better for projects with a lot of writing because the lack of glare makes it easier to read and can be easily written on, which is great if the recipient wants to take notes. 

Uncoated paper is generally best for envelopes, letterheads, business cards, brochures, stationery, bookmarks, and booklets. 

Uncoated paper comes in a variety of textures. 

 

Smooth

As the name suggests, smooth paper is untextured. It's popular for commercial print jobs such as books, posters, and flyers because it's solid and flexible. 

 

Laid 

Laid paper has a ribbed texture. Because it's less common today, it can help your letterheads, envelopes, and business cards stand out. It was most common between the 12th and 19th centuries, giving it a vintage feel.  

 

Linen

Linen paper, with its embossed, crosshatch finish, looks like a woven linen fabric. This high-end paper is excellent for business cards, greeting cards, and stationary. 

Knowing the pros and cons of uncoated and coated paper and the different options will help your business choose the right paper for every print project. If you're looking for advice on what paper to choose for your next print job, contact us today!

Friday, January 27, 2023

6 Top Ways to Promote Your Brand Via Word of Mouth

 

You want the word out…the good word! But how does that happen organically?

Sometimes it takes some help to brand your business and get word-of-mouth advertising. There are so many things you can do to help it along. Let’s take a look.

6 Top Ways to Promote Your Brand Via Word of Mouth

 

1. Hire an influencer

Sometimes using an influencer helps spur word-of-mouth advertising.

This method creates an image in people’s minds and gets people talking about what you offer. A recent study by Sideqik found that 7 out of 10 consumers trust influencers’ recommendations just as much as the opinion of real-world friends.

If you can’t get a significant influencer, try contacting a micro-influencer. Reach out to bloggers, video bloggers, or DIYers with a smaller following whose goal is to share subject matter expertise by producing tutorials, shout-outs, how-to guides, day-in-the-life videos, and so on

2. Create a unique experience

Get people to talk about your business because you treated them so well that they can’t stop talking about it.

No company wants bad publicity, but people are quick to speak. So make sure you do all you can to offer what you promise and surpass it.

Try adding a thank you note or a gift to the order. According to SDL, more than half of all consumers (58%) share their positive experiences with a company on social media.

3. Keep branding elements consistent

No matter how you promote your business and brand, you must ensure your language is appropriate for your specific audience. 

Think about the kind of language you use in your marketing materials, signage, and slogan, as well as on your social media profiles. Does it convey the image that you want to associate with your brand?

Additionally, pick engaging colors and fonts but keep them consistent across all print and packaging materials to create a branding impression that remains in your audience’s mind.

4. Solve a real problem

No matter who is talking about you, they will spread the word if you can help them solve an issue.

Make it obvious how you can help. Then, when they try out your product, they can see the truth and tell their friends.

5. Use a visual trigger

Create a space people want to snap pictures with or near and share on social media.

First, play it up if you have a unique decorating style, an unusual prop, a photo, art, or other items. Then, encourage people to take and post pictures next to it.

6. Use a hashtag

Hashtags are a way to categorize content on social media by topic or theme, e.g., #printmarketing. If you create a hashtag that includes your business name and encourage visitors to use it when posting about your business, potential customers can use it to find you online. So it will boost your name recognition.

While tracking whether the sales came from the hashtag or some other channel can be tricky, this simple tactic helps build more vital brand awareness.

The possibilities are as endless as your creativity. If you need more ideas, especially in the printed realm, check us out today!

5 Main Differences Between Print and Online Graphic Design

  Graphic design is critical in making marketing effective. But, unfortunately, you can't just take one well-designed piece and tran...