After seeing some very attractive car decals, you are considering the creation of your own. As exciting as the project will be, the lack of experience in the design sector could prove to be a big stumbling block.
You know what you want the car stickers to look like and you have the idea in your head. The only problem is that you find it very difficult to transfer that idea from your imagination to the computer screen.
Relax and take a deep breath. You should be enjoying the process. Several design principles will help you achieve the appearance of the car decals that will make you happy and that will correspond to all of your requirements.
How Many Graphical Elements do You Need?
The number of graphical elements to put together on the car decal depends on its size and on the place where it is going to appear. Having multiple elements on a tiny sticker is only going to confuse the observers.
If you want to have a detailed and intricate composition on your sticker, you should consider a larger size for it. Small car decals are appropriate for a single logo or a symbol that will make enough of a statement on its own.
When it comes to decorative elements and tangles, you can let your imagination get wild. Their purpose is to make the sticker pretty rather than meaningful. Such situations allow for a more creative approach and a more abstract understanding of composition.
Hierarchy of Information
Good car decals have easily understandable hierarchy of information. Deciding which graphical element is most important will help you direct attention towards it and make it focal for the composition.
The leading element should be given prominence both in terms of size and color usage. You can also use white space to separate the most important graphic from everything else that is appearing on the sticker.
Supportive decorations should explain the meaning of this main element rather than divert attention away from it. If all of the visuals are fighting for attention, the observer is going to get confused. Unless confusion is your main goal, you should work hard to achieve hierarchy of information.
The color scheme of your car decals will either make them a success or a fiasco. The shades and tones will bring the visuals to life.
When you are working with car stickers, you are free to choose a bold approach. Bright, contrasting colors are easier to notice, even when it comes to a moving vehicle. Subtle, pastel shades are an inappropriate selection for car decals.
Most stickers feature two or three colors. This does not mean, however, that a more complex sticker cannot be printed. The printing technique allows for the usage of numerous colors although you should understand that more shades will increase the price of the sticker.
The colors should contrast the car paint. Otherwise, you risk having them blending into the car’s coating and being very difficult to notice. Some people find it difficult to imagine what the sticker will look like before it has been printed. Fine monitor calibration and the usage of color chats will make the task a whole lot easier.
All of these little tips will help you choose the best graphics for your car decals but if you are still feeling uncertain about the process, you should certainly seek the assistance of a professional designer. A designer will listen to you and your ideas. The design can be reworked, if you are unhappy with it and you can add new elements in the process of creation. Having a professional working on your ideas is going to make it a lot easier.