Glow-in-the-dark brochures can be really creative and set your business apart from any other — not to mention reading them in the dark is pretty cool.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a brochure that glows, and it only takes a few minutes.
Step 1. Choosing a format.
For the tutorial’s sake, I’ll assume you want a simple half-fold brochure. However, there are so many brochures types to choose from that you should take the time to select the best format for your project.
We have a guide filled with common uses for 15 of the most popular brochure fold types.
Step 2. Creating the document.
Launch your image editor and create a document with the following measurements: 11 inches for the width and 8.5 inches for the height in landscape orientation.
If you’re using InDesign, you can set the number of pages and columns to two and margins to 0.25 inches for each side. In most editors, you can set these manually.
Step 3. Placing the graphics.
Even if this is a glow-in-the-dark brochure, people should still find it interesting in all lighting conditions!
After creating your document, place your graphics. Resize and position the graphics carefully inside your space. If you have a logo, it should be in the front.
Graphics can add a lot to your document, but keep the style simple. The final effect must be attractive, but if you make it too heavy, it will be confusing and hard to read.
Step 4. Filling with text.
The front is a presentation for the rest of the brochure and you can use it for your company’s name, logo and a catchy headline. Give an overview of your mission or promotion in the central panels.
The back can be used for details like your location, contact numbers and other useful information. Divide the text into paragraphs and use fonts that are clear and easy to read. Don’t forget to space words and lines adequately.
Step 5. Making the ink glow.
To make the brochure glow, you need glowing ink. To make the glowing ink, you need refillable inkjet cartridges, glow-in-the-dark powder and refill ink.
In a clean container, mix one-fourth of a tablespoon of glowing powder with three tablespoons of ink. Stir the mixture and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave until the glowing powder dissolves.
Get your empty ink cartridge and take off its cap. With a syringe, suck the solution and refill the cartridge with it. Repeat the process for all the cartridges.
If you only want certain areas of the brochure to glow, you can add glowing powder to specific colors.
Load the ink into the printer. Depending on your printer’s model, you may need to use a chip resetter to refill your cartridges.
You'll get glowing reviews!
The biggest difference between a glow-in-the-dark brochure and a normal one is the ink used to print it. After designing the brochure and preparing the special ink, all you have to do is print the brochure!
Edited in InDesign CC. Sample images by K. Leavitt and zcool.com.