Since a certificate is given as a sign to appreciate someone for their achievement, it needs to look attractive as well as special so that it can truly represent how meaningful the occasion is. There are several things that need to be considered during the designing process of a certificate, whether you are an award organizer or a graphic designer. Designing a certificate may be simple because the content usually does not vary much and does not require certain creativity to arrange the words. However, the design of the borders, other ornaments on the design, as well as the choice of paper become more important. You should also pay attention to the choice of finishes and even inks when it comes to certificate printing in Singapore.
Here are a few useful tips that you can try to implement for a more attractive certification printing.
1. Embossing or Debossing
This type of finish is famous not only for certificates, but also for other stationeries such as name cards or even flyers, brochures, and others. Embossing and debossing are the type of finish that applies to paper, where a certain area of the surface can get elevated or pushed down according to a specific design using two metal plates against each other that sandwich the paper.
Embossing and debossing are very common but they can truly give a distinct look and emphasize an area, making the entirety of the certificate look more elegant. Be careful not to overdo embossing and debossing. Meaning that it is best to keep it to a minimum instead of doing it to too many parts of the certificate.
2. Metallic Foil Stamp
Metallic foil stamp or also known as hot foil stamping is one of the great final touches you can choose for a certificate. It creates a pronounced sheen and smooth appearance on certain parts that you choose to apply it to. This part will look glimmering, making it possible to appear more expensive and extraordinary.
Metallic foil stamping works by stamping a heated metal onto a side of the paper that leaves a pronounced sheen. The result of a metallic foil stamp is smoother than a metallic ink, and it is available in various colors.
3. Metallic Ink
Metallic inking can also be your choice in order to make a certificate look more appealing. The result of metallic inking on a paper does not appear so much different from a metallic foil stamp. It is, however, a cheaper alternative that still looks more luxurious than standard CMYK color ink. Metallic ink is a type of ink that contains a slight amount of metal that makes it possible to have a shiny look, for example copper, bronze, aluminum, or zinc.
There are many types of papers available for certificate printing. Each of them has different look, quality, characteristics, and different durability as well. They usually also vary in weight, thus they have different thicknesses and some of them may not be suitable for certain types of finish. Make sure you first understand the differences between each and their characteristics so that you can choose the most suitable for your certificate.