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Wedding invitation card illustration

Client: Zeki Hilmi & Zandri Gutteridge

This A5-sized, folded card was a labour of love and a wedding gift to two close friends of Konrad's. It finally gave him the chance to experiment with those twirly, floral silhouettes so popular lately.

It was laser printed on light cream card that had a subtle sparkle when held up to sunlight, giving the brown ink a bronze sheen. Due to time constraints, the client decided on a printing method the cards weren't intended for – see the right hand column for more on printing methods. He was happy with the result though.

View the full cover design here >

The illustration incorporates elements that represent Zeki's heritage (Turkey and Italy, raised in London) and Zandri's (South Africa – Table Mountain and elephants), among lush grass, ivies, flowers and butterflies.

Zeki recently started his own carpentry business in Bergvliet – Creative Carpentry – bringing with him a work ethic too often missing in Cape Town – speed, dependability and pride in his work. Zandri works as an addictions counselor and manager at Tharagay House in Kenilworth – SA's oldest and most experienced addictions secondary care centre.


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Laser printing vs Litho printing

Laser printing (instant print shops use this method) makes sense when you need the job within 24 hours – compared to litho's week-long turnaround) – but be warned that laser printing means low quality. See below:

Laser vs Litho example
Laser   Litho (Pantone)

Downside to laser printing:
  • Unpredictable colour accuracy
  • Light colours disappear
  • Blurred lines
  • Blotchy colour
  • Cannot print on rough textures
  • Expensive in large print runs
Note the loss of detail in the light areas:

Laser vs Litho example
Laser (top) and Litho (Pantone) (bottom)

Despite our best efforts to compensate for laser printing's weak white point, even after adjusting colour after a test print, the final batch was a disappointment.

Laser printers can give you different quality on different days, depending on when last it was serviced and how many print runs it's had since the test print. Be weary of instant print shops.


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