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Ornaments

Ornaments are graphic elements that help facilitate communications. When used moderately and appropriately, they beautify and enhance designs.

Ornaments are used as accent graphics in layouts or as anchoring devices for copy. Our suite of ornaments includes a range of shapes that can be scaled up or down to suit your needs.

Ornaments should not be added merely for decoration, but rather to facilitate communication. Use them in moderation to enhance the readability or flow of your designs.

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Available Ornaments 

  • Palm ornament

    Palm Ornament

     
  • Circular ornament

    Circular Ornament

     
  • Rays ornament

    Ray Ornament

     
  • Frond ornament

    Frond Ornament

     
  • Fan ornament

    Fan Ornament

     

 

Ornaments as Drop Caps

  • You can use ornaments to call attention to the start of a text block, or to call attention to an image that is referenced in copy. These ornaments can bleed off the page or layer over an image. They help anchor a layout by moving your eye to a specific piece of content.

    The ornament from the palm leaf pattern can also interact with the pattern itself. This is done through making the ornament a different color than the pattern and its background. It then appears as if this ornament is pulled out from the pattern. It can then be laid over text, photos or other elements.

  • Ornaments as dropcap
     

 

Ornaments as Anchors

  • Ornaments can also act as anchors to indicate callouts or supplementary notes. These ornaments can sit atop a column, accent sidebar copy, delineate borders or act as spacers and scene dividers.

    Anchor ornaments should be relatively small on the page. They shouldn’t be the first thing the eye notices.

  • Ornaments as anchors
     

 

Ornaments as End Marks

  • You can use the smallest ornaments — fan and frond — as end marks to indicate the end of a copy block. An end mark finishes an article, chapter or story. It communicates to the reader that they are at the end, and the story doesn’t continue elsewhere.

    End marks are best used in magazines, newsletters and journals, or in long articles that jump from page to page.

    Make sure a scaled-down ornament doesn't appear any smaller than 0.16" wide, so it retains proper clarity.

  • Ornaments as endmarks