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How We Produce Our Fake Diplomas

First of all, let us start by saying that there are many different types of diplomas that each feature their own unique elements. We believe that being able to utilize a wide variety of different techniques, equipment, and technology is what sets us apart from our competitors.

For the most part, there are generally two types of seals you will find on diplomas - embossed and fused-foil - both of which we are capable of producing.

For the purpose of this article, we will be creating a "DiplomaXpress University" novelty diploma that will feature a completely custom fused gold foil seal, since fused foil seals are quite popular on many diplomas today yet VERY few of our competitors can actually do this.


Step One - Diploma Layout and Design

The very first step when it comes to creating a custom novelty diploma from scratch is typically the actual diploma layout and typography. For this process, we generally use Adobe Illustrator.

For our "DiplomaXpress University" diploma, we are going to start with one of our existing templates, choose our fonts and font sizes, edit all of the information until it both looks and sounds correct, make sure everything is aligned properly, and then spell check.



Step Two - Designing the Seal

When it comes to designing foil-fused seals, we begin the process by designing the actual seal that will be featured on the diploma in Adobe Photoshop.

The first step in doing this typically requires creating the artwork that will be featured in the center of the seal. Since each diploma is different, this is generally where the craftsmanship, artistic ability, graphic design skill, and attention to detail come in to play.

After this time consuming process has been completed, we then move on to adding the additional text and college / university name to the outer ring of the seal.



Step Three - Merging the Seal on to the Diploma

Once the diploma layout and seal have been created, are up to standard, and everything has been double checked, we then merge our Photoshop seal on to our Illustrator diploma template and do one last check to make sure everything is aligned properly, there are not any typos, and all of the information on the diploma is correct... then we are off to the printing press!



Step Four - Printing the diploma

For this diploma, we have chosen a simple 90lb. white parchment similar to what is used on MIT and Rutgers University diplomas.

DiplomaXpress utilizes some of the most state-of-the-art printing equipment available, but so as not to give all of our secrets away, we will skip the images of the actual printing process and just show you the finished product before we move on to the foil-fusing process.



Step Five - Fusing Foil to the Seal.

As you can see in the samples above, for diplomas that feature foil-fused seals, we first print the seal directly on to the diploma along with the rest of the typography, etc. We then proceed with the foil-fusing press which uses heat to bond a metalic foil to the ink. For our sample diploma, we have chosen to use a gold foil, but there are many different colors of foil that can be used in this process typically including gold, red, blue, and green.



The Completed Product Ready to Ship!

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