To all you newbie designers out there, listen up. I am a Graphic Designer, now I wouldn’t call me an expert, or the best, but definitely not a newbie. Over the years of designing I learned a few things to always avoid, and that is the point of this. Avoid number one, never place random text. What is that you ask, well never just type something, and then place it where you think it looks good. Make sure it is aligned with something. When designing, everything should be aligned with something.
Avoid number 2, do not get to comfortable with the lasso tool in Photoshop, because if you do, using the pen tool can be a pain. To this day I still have trouble remembering to use the pen tool because I’m so used to the magnetic lasso tool. Damn you lasso tool.
Avoid number 3, contrast, contrast, contrast… You have no idea how many times I thought something looked awesome, but in reality it didn’t. The contrast was so bad. Remember to sit back and look at your work when you think you’re done, or even as you’re doing it. If you look at it and have to focus, then you need to fix it. A design should be easy to read, see, or follow.
Avoid number 4, spell-check and grammar. This is a bad one for me to this day. My grammar and spelling is terrible, in fact I just had Microsoft word fix a few spelling mistakes. But when designing, make sure everything is spelt right. You don’t want to send something off to print and then find out you spelt supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wrong.
Avoid number 5, when cutting something out with the pen tool, or Photoshop, add some feather or something to the cut. You have no idea how frustrating it is to see sharp jagged cut jobs on designs, even on some professional DVD cover designs I’ve seen. If you add just 1point feather, then your cuts will looks so much better. Well that’s all I have for you right now. Hope this helps. Thanks.