Whether you have just kick-started your career as a graphic designer or you have been in the industry for years, I am almost certain that there was a point in your journey where looking at one design makes you cringe because something is just off. The truth is, no matter what level of expertise you have in the field of graphic design or how state-of-the-art your designing tools are, the possibility of overlooking even the most novice mistakes one can commit is inherently present.
In this content, we will talk about the top 5 life-saving tips to a graphic designer:
1. Organized File Layout
Most of the time, the layers you are organising in your software can be huge and overwhelming; but this does not mean that your job will also be extra difficult. Strictly sticking to a proper naming and grouping protocol will do the trick. Not only that organising your layers into names and groups or even deleting those that are unnecessary at regular intervals will simplify your work but also it will prevent you from mixing your layers up and encountering a “layer 7 copy copy 58” nightmare.
Although many designers argue that this deletion and editing process makes things more difficult and even confusing, this approach actually makes your job significantly easier in the long-run. Once you start doing this systematically and get used to it, you will start to notice that the entire process starts to speed up. At the same time, you will prevent the other teammates involved in the job from being confused.
2. Use of Appropriate Software
Different desired output would require different software. Photoshop works well with raster-based images and photos and can apply typography up to a point. However, if you find that you are often scaling and resizing your shapes or making complex typesetting or page layouts, switching to InDesign may be your best bet. If you are working with lots of text or vector elements, you might be better off using a program like Illustrator. For your website and mobile designs, you can make your work easier with Figma and Adobe XD. Further, using the optimal tool for your project also enhances your partnership with the developer.
3. Filters and Effects
Softwares have powerful filter and effect packages. However, the trick is to know how and when to use them well. A bad mix of these filters and effects such as brush strokes, waves, and lens flare for games, at a not so good blending and quantity can immediately catch the eyes of other designer-critics for a bad review. So the use of appropriate filters and effects is critical and integral to the final design output.
4. Guidelines Consistency
Most people nowadays are very observant of design mistakes in terms of inconsistent formatting and layouting, that is why the use of consistent design guidelines is equally important as using a proper mix of filters and effects. It does not only create a good aesthetic sense to align common items in your layout but it also results to a final output which is in line with the project’s identity.
5. Be safe
If you’re saving an item, you know you should get into the habit of using masks and editing layers to paint with slashes and levels. In this way, the original sheet is kept intact and untouched and ready to be revisited if your editing doesn’t work.
We have highlighted above the most essential tips for a Graphic Designer and as another important takeaway, remember that customers might overlook shortcomings in your design, but the eyes of competent critics out there is always on the look for your errors and bad judgment. As a bottom line, it is worth noting that a simple mistake can break your perfect design if not corrected properly and timely.