Today, I learnt how to add a layer into an InDesign file that allows a section of the front cover design to be embossed. I can imagine how the end design will look after it has been printed.
I really like the finish and the texture of embossing. On reflection, the process is quite simple but it is just a case of understanding how the different layers work and how to manage them.
Here is a printscreen to show the different layers placed in order to create the embossing effect in InDesign.
I think this task will change the way that I look at book designs – especially regarding my book cover analyses. I now understand how designers get this effect in the actual document before it gets sent to print. This is something I definitely did not know earlier. It’s really surprising to see how much of a book cover’s design work is actually done using technology.
Following on from last week, it has definitely developed my understanding on the design process as a whole – how initial ideas come together and how to develop these digitally. The process between the first thought and idea to the final product is a long one, but a very interesting and creative one at that.
Image taken from her website here.
An example of a designer who explains her designs and finishes.
More interesting things:
Foil Stamping and Embossing – 48 Hr Books
Different Print Finishes – Design Instruct
Beautiful and Unique Books – Picador
50 Striking Book Designs – Design School