I've been working on some labels for my kegs and bottles.
I'm going to get grogtags so I can write on them.
I did graphic design in high school and some college, I'd say I'm decent at fixing images, but I have not a single creative/artsy bone in my entire body.
I could use some constructive criticism from more right-brained individuals.
I'm pretty happy with the keg label as it is. Only a couple things worry me.
1. I have no way to check for CMYK in Gimp (that I can find). I know Photoshop used to have a feature that would check the image and select pixels that may fail to print properly.
2. I'm worried about the opacity of the background decorations, or whatever you'd call them. The layers are 60% and Mode: Overlay
I wanted them to look like they were faded/watermark-ish. When I print it off on the BW laser at work I can see them fine, but I don't know how they'll turn out in color.
For the bottle label, you can obviously see what I did. The thing that bothers me the most, is the necker. The symmetry is off and it bothers me. My wife loves it as it is, but I'm too OCD for it to not be lined up right.
Fonts were never my forte, I picked one that was installed and looked decent for the style I was shooting for. There's probably something better, but I'm not about to pay for a font unless I was actually selling my brews. If you can suggest something that would look significantly better, I would probably switch out all the right side up text, but it would have to be the OMGFTWBBQ!!1pew for me to redo all the rotated numbers. That was a huge PITA!
Other than those things, I'm torn about the white space. I don't like designs that are real busy with filler, but at the same time, I feel like it's missing just a touch of something, that I lack the talent/eye to fix.
What say ye?