Print design is a category of art that not everyone can master. It takes skill and dedication to really hone your abilities to design great prints. So in order to help speed up that process for beginner print designers, here are some important tips:
- The Software Matters More Than You’d Think
Graphic designers use all sorts of software to make their designs come to life. Most commonly used programs are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Draw etc. Before you start creating print designs, you need to try these different programs and see which one you actually want to use in the long run. Each program has its own pros and cons, and only you can determine what works better for you.
- The Composition is the Key
More than anything else, we feel that composition is the most crucial part of designing something for print. Be careful of not using too many different fonts as that may become a distraction from your message. Images should follow a visual theme as well, to keep the overall look of the design consistent. For more modern designs, try to use a few elements in the composition and keep the overall theme minimal.
- Photography Can Help
Instead of spending hours online trying to find that one image that you want to use in your design only to find out you can’t buy it, why not do your own photography? Taking your own photos not only helps in creating exactly what you want but also gives you the opportunity to explore different styles. These styles, for example, HDR photography, can be easily learned through websites like this one and can go a long way in helping you get the look you require for your product.
- Grids Help a Lot
New graphic designers sometimes forget that they prints need to have margins along each side. These margins are helpful when different pages need to be bound together from one side. They also ensure that all your content follows the same grid. So before you start working, always make grids on your pages so that nothing sticks out in a way that you don’t want. You can, of course, break the grid consciously as well for aesthetic reasons, but it’s better to do this process at will rather than have it happen as an accident or oversight.