The Basics of Graphic Design

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.

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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, 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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    4 years ago

    I'm nowhere near the expert on this. But, I do know that the right text, the right font, used in the right way makes a difference.

    Text is a lot like the air we breathe, the water we drink. It's EVERYWHERE. We don't think about it. We see it, we type it, we add it to our projects, our designs. But, the right text makes ALL the difference.

    In your examples, you put a transparent surface in between your image and your text - to make the text standout and be more readable, not to conflict with the underlying image. There's certainly a difference in appearance and perception between thin and thick script, between thin and bold text (fonts), serif and sans serif
    (those curlicues around the edges of the letters - serif fonts have them: Times New Roman, Century Schoolbook, Cooper; sans serif fonts don't have them: Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, Tahoma).

    This is a, hopefully, informative source on the subject. I looked around Instructables for something comparable and didn't find it. This all comes largely under the heading of "Typography".

    The Basics of Typography

    Just seems like something worthwhile to add to the discussion.

    Perhaps someone with more knowledge and expertise on the subject than I might consider making an 'ible on the subject.

    It would certainly be a useful contribution.