Introduction: The Basics of Graphic Design
Everywhere on the web, we see graphic design. Graphic design incorporates many different elements, but I wanted to focus on one of the most simple kinds: quote photographs.
Step 1: Find a Good Designing Program
There are many graphic design programs out there. I like to use Canva, a very simple program that makes beautiful designs. Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, and many other programs can also work.
Step 2: Choose a Quote
Any good picture needs a good quote to go with it. Find one that inspires you. There are different places to find quotes. Try goodreads.com, or google, 'good quotes.' I will be using the quote, "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." If a specific person said the quote, make note of that.
Step 3: Photo or Clip Art?
Decide if you'd like to put your quote over a photo or create your own background. If you do use a picture, make sure you're not infringing any copyright.
Step 4: Rearrange Text and Add Pictures
Now it's time to customize the quote and make it interesting. Try rearranging the text and adding clip art to your design if it's not over a photograph. Try to avoid having a photograph and a clip art illustration on the same design.
Make important words larger if you wish.
Step 5: It's All About the Details/Use Your Resources
Add other things to pull your design together. Try to use common sense and intuition to create a design that's visually appealing.
Step 6: Share Your Work
If you'd like, put your name on your work. Then, post it on the social media of your choice. (Using #graphicdesign will attract other artists to your work, especially on Instagram.)
That's all. Happy designing!
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