Super tight transparency!
On our graphic pieces it is possible to create products that allow the metal of the jewelry piece underneath to come up through parts of your artwork.
This is great for areas of the design where you want to show off the natural beauty of the materials.
Check out the video on the left. If would prefer a step by step guide, click next.
For more general advice on graphic products, check out the general advice for these products
Make sure you PNG it!
In order to benefit from transparency you must set the design up correctly.
Transparency will only work with .PNG files. Make sure you are saving your design as a PNG within your design software.
Additionally there are a few extra steps you should take to prepare your artwork for transparency.
That's not white!
Enabling transparency on your designs will make one important change to the production process. Instead of loading in a white coated jewelry piece into the machine ready to transfer your design onto, we load a blank jewelry piece.
This means that any transparency within the PNG you upload will come through as bare metal, but this will also happen with any white used on your designs. As - just like your home printer - white isn't a printed color, and relies on the color of the material underneath.
This will impact the sort of design you can use, and the colors you can use.
Avoid pastel colors. Opt for strong bold colors.
Because enabling transparency will "knock out" any white on your designs, colors that rely on white like pastels, will instead look faded into the metal.
However, bold colors and neon shades will instead enhance the color of the metal, and take on some of it's reflective qualities.
Avoid photos/pictures of real world objects.
Pictures of gemstones might look cool on your screen, but the details of them will be lost entirely when shrunk down onto a jewelry piece, and without the ability to print white will appear as small smudges, instead.
This applies to most real-world objects. Some definition will be lost when shrinking them down and removing the white from them so it's better to avoid them entirely.
Be bold, keep it simple.
Our marketing research and sales data has shown that simple designs sell the most. Plus, simple designs transfer better onto the jewelry, too.
Sticking to one or two brightcolors, simple easy-to-read fonts, and keeping a minimal look has proven time and again to make very effective designs.