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Graphic Design Tips

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Graphic design… it’s all the rage and we have seen some incredibly cool talent come through our desks over the last year with a bunch of newly developed artists. Design seems to be irresistible for those students or beginners who have no experience at all and 2020 proved to be a year of just that… That’s why we created Orange County Printshop! It is our solution for the more savvy customer, designer, business owner or individual who likes to design and print on their own. Upload your print ready artwork and voila! Feel like jumping into the design world? Here are a few tips for beginners!

1. Select the Right Fonts:

Clarity in design and readability is highly important. Make sure not to restrict your designs to one font only but also don’t overload a design with too many. There is a balance that needs to be achieved. Try to experiment with different styles of fonts and stick to a unique font style for your current project you’re focusing. Explore different opportunities, instead of picking those dull default fonts.

2. Make your Colors pop-up bright:

In order to capture your viewer’s notice at one look, you can use a color pop technique, especially when your text amount is short and you want to make an utmost impact. High contrasting palettes like yellow and white or black, red and black along with lively background colors work fine. Also, check the cohesiveness of your design and attempt to put an ideal impression. Use the Adobe Color CC online tool to pick a pleasant palette for your design.

3. White Space is Strong and Worthy:

White space is valuable in the trendy graphic designs where they showcase simplicity, and the best example is of Apple. While executing text on a big canvas, select a high-quality typeface and then centralize your type and rest of the canvas left white. Overall, the canvas would really look good.

4. Select Consistent Images:

Ensure that the quality of images remains absolutely consistent throughout your design. The quality, framing, style, proportions, and lighting of those elements should stay constant all through your design. The graphics, diagrams, images, and illustrations that you use should add a perfect meaning to your project. There are a ton of FREE resources out there to help you save money and design.

5. Scanning your Sketch:

If you are sketching your design, make sure to scan it to your computer; a smartphone camera will work really well too! Import the scanned sketch into the Illustrator or Photoshop directly. You can develop your design as normal now, but make sure to use the scan as a background guide.

6. Flat Design goes a Long Way:

Flat design has been very popular over the years as its design has moved from slightly bright to more classiness. You should also have a good sense of alignment and spacing while using flat design techniques where the look will come out outstanding.

7. Use Character and Paragraph styles:

Select your header carefully and apply its style. Headers are somewhat in separate positions along with different font sizes or line heights. Tools like InDesign and Photoshop hold fixed tools to make sure that your characters and paragraphs have an ideal steadiness among them. Such tools can surely save your time from constant scrolling between pages, thus emphasizing and checking to make sure that your styles are placed well.

8. Utilize Italics carefully:

You should also make use of italics in some of your projects to get a superb effect. They should be applied with big respect as they can pretty well balance your headers and sub-headers. Italics should be used in small sentences only. Avoid them for long sentences as they will be a disaster for your project.

9. Respect Page Balance:

If you want to become an excellent graphic designer, you need to learn about symmetry and balance all through the process. Ensure that the balance should be stable as it puts an impact on your design greatly. The document you’re working on should be evenly loaded on the left and right, or upwards and downwards in specific situations.

10. Separation Lines for Style and Impact:

Making use of line separation for an exact piece can fetch you a modest piece up to scratch if you are trying hard to make it seem complete. In place of a solid line, try using half lines on either side of a small text filament. Using a 3-pixel line below the header and above the sub-header, or between the image and the title, will make your work appreciable and will go a long way.