How to Make a Cover for a Portfolio

by Maya Black; Updated September 26, 2017

A striking portfolio cover can help you stand out -- and make your interview or presentation memorable -- in a sea of applicants or presenters. Consider the following best practices when creating a portfolio cover.

Create a Striking Image

Choose a photograph or other graphic that accurately portrays what your portfolio represents -- with a twist. For example, instead of selecting one photograph, choose four and make a collage using photo editing software. For an even more memorable portfolio cover, you can create the image by hand with pen and ink, watercolors or colored pencil and paste printed text -- such as your name or the name of your business -- on top.

Focus on Quality

Desktop inkjet printers work well for printing resumes, but avoid them when it comes to printing your portfolio cover. Use the best color laser printer available to you, or pay a local printing service to produce regular or oversized color prints.

Tips

  • Consider the paper quality when making a portfolio cover. Instead of using standard photocopy or printer paper, use heavier weight card stock, photo paper or 100 percent cotton art-quality papers to make your portfolio cover stand out.

Binding Makes Your Portfolio Cover Stand Out

You might only have a three-ring binder or an inexpensive report cover, but when possible, have your presentation professionally bound. A professional binding makes your cover image more noticeable and elevates the overall perception of your portfolio.

About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.