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How to Save Money With Your Graphic Design Prints

     Many people consider graphic designing as a costly occupation to deal with, and perhaps you would too if you weren't aware of these design tricks that can keep your budget at a minimum! Read on to find out how you could save money but still enhance your colored designs.

For a number of people, one factor that makes a design costly is the need to use numerous colors. Spot color designs are definitely exciting in the design process; however, extra colors are needed if you would want your designs to stand out among others.

In this article, along with learning how to save on ink costs, you'll encounter several useful tricks that can be easily applied to get those stunning designs without burning a hole in your pocket. If you haven't yet encountered ideas of making one or two colors look like many colors, then this list of tricks is for you.

Some ideas on how to save money and still maximize the color on your graphic designs:

Create Overprinting Colors to Create a Third Color

Here's a tactic based on a principle you must have learnt in school. Simply follow the principle of mixing colors on canvas to the world of printer technology. The result is simple: once a color prints over another, a third color is created.

You can use this technique to create a wider range of colors form a limited number of colors. All you need is a basic understanding of how colors work. You might consider looking up into a color wheel, and then, coordinate your printer well for the desired overprinting results.

Use Your Paper's Color as a Third Color

Technology has surely brought interesting innovations to the world of paper production. We owe many colored and designed papers to this technology, and it would be a waste to let go of simple uses of this technology.

By taking advantage of them, you may save a lot simply by having your needed color already in the paper you are using. Solid papers with a slightly different color than those with traditional white or cream can bring dazzling results for your printout designs.

Simply Tint Your Colors

You can take advantage of this technique by using a variety of tints on one or two colors you are using. Tinting creates an effect of multiple colors since a 10% of a certain color is different than 80% of that same color. You can have the appearance of about 20 different colors in your graphic design by simply experimenting with color tints.

Create Duotones

Duotone photographs are those that are printed in two colors only. If you experiment enough with duotones, you might come up with subtle effects similar to sepia tones to colorful poster photos.
Use White Text on Solid or Tinted Boxes

Instead of using a different color for text that is placed inside a solid or tinted box, try using white as your font color. With this technique, you will also be able to use reverse text sparingly.
Create Rubber Stamps in your Graphic Designs

Although rubber-stamping can be a good way to save you some money, it is a very time-consuming affair. Use your creative skills to innovate rubber stamps, especially if you're on a scrap-booking project.

Use Laser Foil for your Laser Printer

Many manufacturers produce and sell foils that could go along very well with your laser printer. A few also sell ones that you can master copy. Copy the foil and use it with a copier on your inkjet printer. However, keep in mind that this can be a time-consuming piece of work.

Create Stickers and/or Colored Foil Labels

There are various colored stickers and foil labels on market that you can use to enhance your printed design output. You can also print text onto colored or foil labels and then stick them in your printed pieces.
Use Creative Scissors and/or Punches

Scissors and paper punches with unusual edges can be very useful in your low-budget pursuits as they can give your design that creative edge it might be lacking in the end. The scissors can also prove to be a money-saving alternative to costly die cuts.

Save on Printing Costs with Two Inks

Ever wondered if those black and white photographs in the magazines are really composed of only two colors? You might have, if you didn't notice that the colors are sometimes also closer to brown or pale yellow.

Saving Money in Graphic Design:

These are just some of the many ways in which you can save money when it comes to printing your graphic design projects.

So the next time you need to go to the printer to get your final output for your project, come back to this article, consult with your printer and see how you can get the best bang for your buck with your graphic design project.

Vahid Lancaster is a professional graphic designer, web designer and online entrepreneur. You can find his 3D Wallpaper tools, tips, advice and other design works at

Vahid Lancaster is a professional graphic designer, web designer and online entrepreneur. You can find his 3D Wallpaper, tools, tips, advice and other design works at

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Vahid Lancaster is a professional graphic designer, web designer and online entrepreneur. You can find his 3D Wallpaper tools, tips, advice and other design works at

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