Graphic Design Tips For Beginners

By Paul H Smith

Every beginning is hard – even for graphic design. After all, it’s not enough that you are creative. You must also have excellent marketing skills and a great eye for detail.

Just so you can wade through the first steps with more confidence, you can use the following tips below:

Know your message.

Some experts would say that you should get an inspiration first. However, it’s easier for you to get your subject if you know the type of message you are trying to send across. For example, if you want to tell the world about world peace, you can conveniently pick up images of soldiers and perhaps war victims that you took yourself or you got from free-share galleries. You can then combine the images with a powerful text, tweak them according to your liking and creative expression, and you’re already done.

Don’t overcrowd a page.

Again, this boils down to have a very specific purpose in your mind. After all, when you know what you want to tell, you can also determine the best possible images, sketches, or texts that would do just that. You won’t be tempted to overwhelm your work with a lot of them. This may only send the wrong message to your audience, not to mention that it reduces the value of what you did.

Make your text stand out.

One of the common mistakes graphic design beginners make is to focus too much on the picture that they are no longer paying attention to the text. It’s very important that your texts would also be visible and readable by your audience. This means that the background should never be of the same shade of your text. Of course, it’s important that you check how the texts would look like before you eventually consider printing or publishing your design.

Correct spelling and grammar.

Do you know that it’s a big turn-off for readers to spot wrong grammar and spelling in ads? You really don’t want to be a laughing stock by many. Take time to read and re-read what you have just written in your design. If you’re wordy, you can reduce the number of words to make the text more compact or precise. In graphic design, less will always be more.

See how others are doing it.

There are plenty of graphic designers all over the world. Some of them are new like you while others have already garnered a considerable number of years for experience. You can learn from both of them.

These new graphic designers usually have fresher and bolder ideas, so you can always add something innovative into your design. Old ones can give you great tips on how to make it last longer in graphic design. Some of their techniques are classic or timeless. This means that you can modify them, but the principles should still remain as they are always effective.

It’s going to be a difficult journey in graphic design, but it’s actually the challenges that make it more exciting. Just learn to follow the tips above, and you’ll do just fine.

Paul H Smith is a UK based designer and illustrator and has been been working for Orb Creative, a Birminghan graphic design and advertising agency for over two years.

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