Every graphic designer is always searching for that one trick, that hack or trick that just makes the project easy to do. Here are our top ten hacks that we think are excellent if you offer a graphic design service.
1. Select a color scheme before commencing your project
Before starting a project, you should do some basic things, and selecting your colors is essential. Not all shapes and typography blend with all colors, nor do all colors suit one another. So, choosing a color scheme beforehand helps you create a uniform and professional design without taking time
2. Adopt a grid system to align your images
Scattering images around a page is outdated. You should only have scattered photos when designing an eclectic collage. Your brain responds to visual hierarchy; therefore, do yourself a favor and use alignment and grinding to organize your pictures.
3. Use horizontal lines to establish hierarchy and emphasis
As a designer, your work is not limited to the standard strike-through, italic, and bold featured on word processors. Use a simple horizontal line to add some hierarchy to your design. That gives you an overview of the next section and ideas.
4. Add depths to your designs with complementary fonts
Stop using 20 different fonts in a design; instead, use two or three complementary fonts to add the needed style to your design. By adopting complementary fonts, you can develop several design levels while creating a professional and wholly unique design.
5. Sketch your designs before commencing a project
This hack is almost similar to selecting your color scheme before beginning your project. Sketching is equally vital for every design process. It presents you with an opportunity to express your thoughts and put out your ideas. You get the chance to assess what works and what doesn’t without a need to create each design initially.
6. Use subtle shadows to make essential texts unique
Most designers often overuse drop shadows. Most essentially, their overuse distracts people from the vital elements of the design. However, good designers use a few subtle shadows to drive attention to essential text elements. It also enhances the readability of the texts.
7. Learn keyboard shortcuts for most used software
Knowing the standard keyboard shortcut of your most used software can significantly speed up your design process. You’ll save more time.
8. Get inspirations and ideas from the best designers
There is a famous quote that good designers borrow, but the excellent ones steal. Imitate designs that work well to enhance your skills and create new ideas to improve the existing concept.
9. Save tutorials and inspiration sources with bookmarks
Use websites like Pinterest to save and bookmark inspirational resources and tutorials; this is a great way to significantly enhance your design skills. For every new skill you want to learn, there is a design online. Bookmark and visit them later.
10. Learn how to use your graphic design software.
Don’t be a part of those designers struggling with illustrator, photoshop, and over design software. You will never get better if you don’t know how to use them.