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Graphic Design Quick Tip: Get it all in, then design

by / Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Published in Quick Graphic Design Tips

I used to start designing at the top of the page on my layouts. The first thing I’d do is place the main image or graphic, and get it the way I liked it. Then, add the headline. Make it big, bold type… yeah, that’s it. Looks good. Hit save. Then, add the body copy and just adjust this thing here… oh, wait. Bottom of the page. I still have half the copy to go, 3 logos and 4 images. Damn. Select-All, delete. Start again.

So, here’s what I do now, quite often. I dump everything on the page that I know I’ll need. Every image, every logo, and all the copy. Just pile it in like this (see image below). Then, start moving things around and scaling them relative to each other and the page. Never had that problem again. So, quick tip… just drop everything in. Make a mess. But, you’ll immediately see how much you have, and much your visual real estate can take.

The exception is when I already know what the design is going to look like, in full. Either by sketch, or by mental image. You don’t need to do this every time, full stop, but it’s a REALLY smart way to handle a layout you’re planning to do on the fly.

NOTE: those sad babies were on my desktop because of an earlier joke today on Facebook. The copy is latin placeholder, and the other images are from Shutterstock. The banner from my site, however, is clearly just vanity.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 5.53.41 PM

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