Think about treatments as the icing and sprinkles to your already unique hand crafted Klo portfolio. Your portfolio is custom and treated with care and attention so the design implemented onto the portfolio is the ultimate cherry on top.
Klo’s treatments allow your portfolio to be perfectly customized and catered to YOU and only you! You’ll have a piece that is 1 of 1, completely unique to your style and aesthetic.
So let’s begin with the various Klo treatments that can easily allow your digital designs to be a tangible, creative and visual appealing masterpiece.
Engraving is essentially carving your design into the portfolio material. Think of engraving as the opposite of embossing; instead of the design being raised it will be etched or carved into the material. Engravings on our bamboo portfolio books produce a stunning look as it darkens the area that is engraved.
Engraving on an ebony stained bamboo portfolio book creates a beautiful contrast since the stained bamboo is black and the engraved area reveals the natural color of the bamboo underneath.
When engraved on our acrylic material, your design will remain the same color as the rest of the material although it will be finished with a clean, semi-gloss etching. The engravings on our brushed aluminum portfolios are black as the core of this material is compressed polyethylene and this is what is revealed once your design is etched.
Almost the majority of designs can be engraved however the size of the design can play a significant role as the cover of your portfolio may warp if certain designs are too big due to the heat of the engraving machine.
When representing a design as an engraving on your design template, all you have to do is show the engraved area in black. That’s it!
An engraved color fill is a two-step process where we first engrave your design, and then treat it with the color of your choice. Once your portfolio book cover is engraved, we’re able to add any color imaginable, including metallic gold, silver, and copper so your screwpost portfolio really pops!
With our exclusive UV Print & Cure treatment, we can color fill in virtually any CMYK color! That is a lot of colors that we offer and plenty for you to choose from.
Colorfills on bamboos work better with more opaque cool colors that differ from wood tones as warm colors absorb more into the wood. Any color on the acrylics looks eye-catching, yet it all boils down to what you prefer for your brand and personally as well. If you prefer color on your brushed aluminum portfolio book, opt for the UV Print & Cure as we don’t offer engraved color fills on this option.
It’s important to keep in mind that the larger your engraving or engraved color fill design is on your portfolio cover, the more likely the material is likely to warp due to the heat during the engraving process.
Two color fills are included in your purchase, a third color fill or more will be an additional charge. To indicate that you would like a design or text to be color filled, all you have to do is fill the design with your desired color and add a black stroke around it. Easy peasy!
Burnishing is a treatment that is offered only on the brushed aluminum collections and is another Exclusive to Klo Portfolios. A Burnishing is a surface silver on silver etching that looks dramatic and classy all at once. Please note, the burnishing treatments on the brushed bronze and gold will appear silver on the materials as well.
Burnishing a larger design area can be tricky as the treatment creates a texture that over a vast surface can showcase some minute imperfections.
To represent a burnishing, fill your design in black, similar to the engraving, but leave a note on the template itself mentioning your preference of the burnishing treatment. In the case you have an engraving and burnishing in the same design file, you can represent the burnishing as a grey. Simple!
Cut out treatments are in a league of their own. They offer that wow factor, especially since you can constantly alter the pages underneath allowing colors and designs to peek through the cutout, changing the look of your custom portfolio book!
Cut outs are available for all the materials with the exception of the tiger bamboo as the material is very dense to cut through. As with the engraving, cut outs do have their limits as well especially if they are too big. This could leave your screwpost Klo portfolio in a fragile condition allowing for break offs in the design.
Another issue that crops up with cut outs is the falling away of enclosed or interior shapes. This is more relevant in letters of the alphabet. Take for example the letter R. If you wish to cut out the letter, keep in mind the interior closed shape in the R will fall away as there is no piece or break within the design linking it to the rest of the portfolio surface. Once all those hiccups have been addressed, the cut out treatment can allow for a creative and custom way to display your design.
For cut outs on a template, outline your design or text in a red stroke. Boom!
The UV Print & Cure treatment is exclusive to Klo Portfolios. This ideal treatment allows you to print your design, pattern, or text in any CMYK color. This treatment prints and cures right away so no worries about scratching or peeling, if your screwpost portfolio is looked after appropriately.
All we require for this treatment is a high resolution PNG on a transparent background with a 300dpi for perfect clarity to avoid pixelated images. If you’re printing a design on a matte black acrylic, please make note that if your image is on a white background the white will print as well. Therefore, a PNG works best. The UV Print and Cure can be treated on all the materials with the exception of the glossy black acrylic, as the ink doesn’t stick to the glossy material of the portfolio.
The UV Print & Cure treatment prints exactly what you send in your template, so make sure your designs are in vector format or a high resolution PNG and in the CMYK color mode.
A blue stroke around your design will let us know that you would like the UV Print & Cure treatment. Ba da bing ba da boom!
A treatment is included in the purchase of your custom Klo screwpost portfolio and as a bonus, the engraving and cutout does count as a single treatment.
Always remember to create outlines to text so we don’t lose your text style when we open your design file here. You can certainly add more treatments benefiting from all the creative options Klo offers to create a one of kind portfolio that represents you!
All the best and get picking on those treatments, we can take care of the rest =)
Hello all! Name’s Tom, and I’m the resident portfolio artisan here at Klo Portfolios. If you place an order with us, chances are your final product will pass through my hands and soon be assembled to choice perfection! Having had the special privilege of personally overseeing countless hundreds of precious, unique portfolios from start to finish, I thought I’d take some time to impart to you all some of the insight I’ve gained.
We strive for nothing short of excellence – supreme-quality custom portfolios are our highest concern. That said, the final design and choices of materials, treatments, etc ultimately boil down you.
This means that sometimes, some designs turn out softer, or subtler, than the rest of the competition. And likewise, there are always a few custom portfolios that burst forward ahead of the pack. Still reading, and keen to make your portfolio one of those leading the forefront? Good, then read on and direct your eyes to the tips I’ve listed below.
One of the biggest shortcomings to a great design that we see are a diminished presence of colors on a portfolio surface. It may seem tempting to go for soft values and rock that au natural look, but trust me when I say that a strong portfolio is one that packs a visual punch.
Contrasting or strong colors are vital here. Strong choices are gold, white, red, color fills on black – whereas a soft and diminished choice would be striving for a dark grey on black, or perhaps a light brown on a darker brown bamboo surface.
Remember, the eyes sifting over your cover have likely already passed over many others in a rather short duration of time, so do your best to aim for something that pops!
Much like color, the sizing of your name and/or image is a an equally important detail to consider when it comes to your portfolio’s first impression. You never know how far across a room a potential client or future employer may be when their eyes pass over your custom piece, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the full dimensions your chosen surface naturally provides!
Full-cover patterns or large images often stand out best in a crowd, as they maintain clear readability across a large breadth of distance.
Many portfolios shy away from images, opting instead to simply provide the owner’s name. There is of course a very good reason for this – choosing the perfect picture to convey a portfolio’s contents can be a quite the domineering and exhausting task, especially if there is a chance of the inner content being changed over the years!
And yet, if you are willing to invest the time to find that right image, I can tell you right now that your portfolio is going to convey a meaning many times deeper and more provocative to your general audience.
This last tip pertains to the general quality one can expect to achieve when they really take the time to sift over the details in their portfolio cover design. At the end of the day, your custom portfolio book is going to be with you for many, many years, and as such it definitely deserves your full consideration before placing an order.
We’ve seen many portfolio orders come through here that and nice, clean, and simple but that also lack that clear punch because they were designed towards the tail end of a deadline.
Oftentimes a good design means going back to the drawing board a couple of times, so offer yourself the time for revisions instead of rushing to the finish line, and it’ll shine through the rest of the competition without fail.
There you have it! With these guidelines now in your quiver alongside your creative vision, you’re already well on your way to a genius masterpiece of a custom portfolio. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to throw us an inquiry! We’re always happy to help you see your piece to perfection it deserves.
Having a hard cover custom tattoo portfolio book lets potential clients know you mean business and allows you to confidently showcase the range of your work as a tattoo artist. It will communicate with certainty that you take your work seriously, allowing you to set yourself apart from other tattoo artists.
You can easily add and remove pages from your portfolio book and update your portfolio, keeping it relevant to your audience and making it fun and exciting to show your latest work
Below are a few tattoo portfolio book examples to give an idea of the possibilities. We can customize on our acrylic, bamboo, and brushed aluminum portfolio books with an array of awesome treatments so the combinations are endless! View a ton more custom portfolio book examples and feel free to email, call, or visit our studio if you live in Vancouver.
Whether you need a custom portfolio book for graduation or for landing your dream job or client, we’ve got some rad custom portfolio book examples below to draw inspiration from.
Our custom bamboo portfolios are cut, treated, hand assembled an varnished from a thick slab of bamboo, bound to make a great impression on your viewer. Each custom portfolio book passes a dozen hands before it gets to you and is built with steel binding and hardware, all manufactured in Canada. We don’t mess around with crappy aluminum binding
Our bamboo portfolios are sanded to perfection and finished with an eco-friendly varnish fit for a king… and queen!
Combine any one of our treatments including cut-outs, engraving, engraved color fills, metallic foils or vinyl decals for a truly unique portfolio book design.
Get a hold of us if you want to chat about your project or if you want to see more portfolio book examples. You’re in good hands.
Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of creatives on making a perfect custom portfolio book to hold their work. We’ve had a lot of interesting requests, one of which has been added as a treatment to make our custom books even more special and bespoke, the engraved color fill treatment.
The engraved color fill treatment is perfect for those wanting to add a little something extra to an engraved area of their custom acrylic or bamboo screwpost portfolios. It works best when you are looking to incorporate color to your portfolio book cover. We’re currently working on adding this feature for the brushed aluminum materials as well so hang tight!
Take a look at a mix of beautiful custom graphic, interior, photography, and fashion portfolio books with the Klo Portfolios touch of an engraved color fill. Click on the photo to see a larger view.
Questions? Comments? Praise? Hit us up at info[at]kloportfolios.com
In the age of iPads and Instagram, we often have thousands of photos to show for but how many do we print? A custom photography portfolio book is a sure way to show prospective clients that you know your stuff when it comes to editing and creating a final print product. It provides something tactile they can touch and flip, especially if you have a nice finish on your paper to top it off. Our custom screwpost portfolio books allow you to easily add and remove pages so you can constantly update your portfolio book.
Take a look at some examples of custom photography portfolio books we’ve completed in the past with descriptions of material and treatment finishes. View hundreds of more photos on the Klo Portfolios Flickr gallery and let us know if you have any questions.
Here is a round-up of some very cool custom fashion design portfolio books we’ve had the pleasure of creating in collaboration with talented designers from around the globe.
Displaying your work uniquely is a offers a great advantage in getting yourself noticed and creating a memorable first impression. It doesn’t hurt that you can create a truly bespoke fashion design portfolio and have fun doing it
We’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of creatives from all walks of life including fashion, graphic, photography, and interior designers. Some awesome collaborations have gone down we do our best to snap photos and create an inspirational library (view hundreds of examples of selected work on our Flickr account) of custom portfolio books for others in the designing and planning stage for their own.
We’ve listed our top 20 most viewed and popular custom portfolio book designs based on all time views from our Flickr account. Click on the photo to have a better look or to browse our entire Flickr Library. We hope you enjoy and get an inspiration injection for your building your Klo custom portfolio book.
#1 Custom graphic design portfolio book in brushed silver with engraving and cut-out treatment
#2 Custom portfolio book in red acrylic with engraving treatment for Nissan
#3 Custom graphic design portfolio book in blue acrylic with engraving and vinyl decal treatment
#4 Custom brushed silver graphic design portfolio book with cut-out treatment
#5 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with vinyl decal treatment
#6 Custom portfolio book in white acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatment for IBM Interactive
#7 Custom graphic design portfolio book with engraving treatment on brushed silver aluminum
#8 Custom graphic design portfolio book in frosted clear acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatments
#9 Custom brushed silver aluminum portfolio book with engraving treatment
#10 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
#11 Custom photography book in red acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatment
#12 Custom graphic design portfolio book in brushed silver aluminum with engraving treatment
#13 Custom photography portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
# 14 Custom interior design portfolio book with cut-out and engraving treatment on amber bamboo
#15 Custom graphic design portfolio book with printed decal treatment
#16 Custom caramel bamboo portfolio book with engraving treatment
#17 Custom fashion design portfolio book in matte black with engraving treatment
#18 Custom creative director portfolio book in matte black acrylic with vinyl decal treatment
#19 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
#20 Custom small square graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatments
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