Designing Hacks

Welcome to Living The Blogging Life! It’s great to have you with us here today! Today, I’m (D here!) going to share a few graphic designing tricks I use to create presentable graphics.

Please note that I am not a professional designer. The ideas mentioned below are from my own experience. Getting on with it now!

#1 Adding an Overlay

I love how much this can make a difference. Adding an overlay is highly effective and I absolutely love using it for most of my graphics ranging from blog buttons to thumbnails and sign-offs. It is a great way to keep the background live but at the same time focus on the text part and keep the subject at the forefront.

My book blog’s button with an overlay behind the title.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!

Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!

#2 Complementary fonts and colours

Make sure that you use fonts and colours that complement each other. If you’re using a bright blue, going with a bright green would probably be a bad idea however a neutral grey or a minimal red would look wonderful! Using cursive and sans fonts work beautifully but if you use only swirly fonts for everything, the reader will have a hard time reading everything.

#3 Colour Palette

Before you begin designing, make sure you have a colour palette that you have decided on. It’s best to keep the number of colours to a minimum but you can use as many as you like provided they all go well with each other. It would be even better if you could have a colour palette corresponding to the subject; orange for halloween, red and green for Christmas etc.

A thumbnail for one of my former posts with a neutral colour palette.

#4 Proportions

The size of your text against a plain or filled background matters a lot. If your text is too small and you have paid more attention to making the background look good, that takes focus off the title and ultimately off the subject. So, it’s better to make sure that your title is large and clear and that is what the reader notices.

#5 Bringing them together

That is a weird way to put it but bringing your elements; background and text together can make a graphic look so good. You can either just bring everything together with a common colour or common element. Or you could even wrap everything up in a frame or a border. Blending is another branch here and it’s really helpful to take note that everything just goes well together.

Do you think graphic designing is an essential skill to have? How would you want to hone it?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing essays and creative non-fiction as well!


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