No matter what you’re told – people still judge a book by its cover. And the cover of your yearbook is no exception. Yearbook covers are arguably one of the most important aspects of the book and take careful planning, creativity and consideration. You want your yearbook cover to show your school’s individuality, uniqueness and personality but also tie into the overall theme of the book that year.
Specialty Treatment Options for your Yearbook Cover
Which is why this post excites us so much! Did you know that there are a variety of specialty treatment options you can apply to your yearbook cover to give it a truly customized look?? And we mean truly unique. You can mix and match and combine these options with virtually endless possibilities. From emphasizing certain elements to adding texture, cutouts and 3D effects, it’s soooo easy to take your already awesomely designed yearbook cover to another level to make it even MORE awesome. We have so much fun looking through the custom covers that come in with really creative specialty treatments that we had to share some of them with you.
We’ve also provided you below with some quick explanations of the most common/popular specialty treatment options for yearbook covers to help give you a frame of reference when you start brainstorming.
We hope this helps kick start some stellar custom cover ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Different cover finishes include:
Gloss Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a nice shiny finish
Gloss Lamination – Linen: this gives you a nice shiny finish with a hint of linen texture
Matte Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish
Matt Lamination – Linen: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish with a hint of linen texture
Leatherette covers are made of synthetic materials made to look like leather, but are much more durable. Typically, leatherette yearbooks use foil stamping, embossing and/or debossing to accentuate the school name and cover design. Leatherette covers are a great option when you not only want your cover to look unique, but feel unique too.
Embossing is a technique that creates a raised, or 3D image using a combination of heat and pressure. Embossing can also be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create an even more unique look.
Debossing uses the same technique as embossing, except the impression is heat-pressed into the surface so that an image is depressed (lowered) instead of raised. As with embossing, debossing can be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create special visual effects and textures.
Foil stamping involves the use of heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. As with embossing and debossing, a die is needed to “stamp” the foil into the cover material. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing or debossing to create a very striking 3D image.
Lenticular printing is used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. You can create various frames of animation for a motion effect, show a set of alternate images or make an image appear 3D for a truly interactive experience.
A die is a specialized tool that cuts specific shapes into your yearbook cover. Die-cutting allows you to cut out specific areas or shapes to allow text or part of an image to show through from the inside.
Spot UV Treatment
Spot UV is a great treatment to use if there are specific areas (or spots) on your cover that you want to highlight. The application can deepen the color of the area and be very shiny or flattened to a matte finish. It’s a great way to add eye-catching emphasis to important areas.
Examples of Custom Yearbook Covers with Specialty Treatments
What specialty treatments have you used for your custom yearbook covers? We’d love to see them and hear about them!