Label orders include a customized design. Some design ideas you can choose are here. Foil and leather options are on the Order page.
However, the labels can be made with almost any digital design. I specialize in reproducing historical designs. Send me a photo and I can match fonts, existing labels or other design elements. I can also incorporate graphics from scans or photos, as described on this page. You can also design your own labels using the guidelines below.
Fees: Complicated designs may cost more. I will let you know in advance, with an estimate.
Email Asterisk Books for further information.
Programs - The best results are achieved with vector/draw programs such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Inkscape (free). You can also use photo/paint programs such as Photoshop, MS paint or Gimp (free). All graphics must be black and white, no gray.
Non-design programs like word processors (e.g. Word), presentation software (Powerpoint) and page layout programs (Publisher) can be used but may present complications – email me for help with these programs.
Bounding Box - For all programs, place a bounding box outside of your label to guide cutting. Generally the box should be 1/8” or 2mm larger than the final size you need.
Size Limits for Large Labels - Labels should have one dimension -- either height or width -- smaller than 2 1/8 inches (the width of the print head of the machine); the other dimension should be no longer than 7.5 inches. Larger labels that require more than one "pass" over the leather incur a 20% surcharge on top of the cost of label. Also note that single graphic elements -- such as a box around the outside of a label -- normally can't be foiled in two passes due to slight misalignments. Email me for further details.
Draw (Vector) Program Instructions
Paint (Raster) Program Instructions
I can work with you to incorporate graphics from a photo or scan into your labels —like the labels shown. This includes decorative text or graphics from a title page, cover or spine.
You can design it yourself or give me a high resolution photo or scan of the text/graphic you want to include. I'll use photoshop to extract it from the background. The text/graphic then can be resized and rearranged to create a custom label. The photo/scan must be high resolution — normally a file size of 2mb or larger. Also it must be high contrast — photos of gold type on a black background or black text on a white background work best. Email me for further information..