Tips and tricks for newbie graphic designers

Have you just started your journey of a graphic designer? There are several things that might appear obvious to many professionals, however, as a newbie, you might not be aware of them. This article will show you the most useful of such things that you can successfully use in your work.

Colour Scheme

The very first things you can do is to quickly scramble through some colour scheme. Yet, before you do this, know that if you have already some graphical content, you will already have the colour scheme set and this in fact saves you from the hassle of finding colour schemes from scratch.

What do I mean by this? Let me break it down for you, let’s say you have a client, who wants you to build a menu for their restaurant. Chances are either they will give you a restaurant logo or some images of their place, food etc.  The best thing about this is, you can pick colour out of this source and combine them to your need.

Black and white Starter: This point come hand in hand with the point number one. You always start with a blank canvas or frame, and the primary and secondary colour scheme you choose come out from the sources mentioned above.

A proper document setup

Once you got the general colour scheme all ready, it is time to setup the document and properly configure it. You need to make sure you have all of the settings properly adjusted to your needs. The right kind of document size, A4, windows size/ resolution if this a web design, choosing CMYK if this is going to get printed. Once the frame is created, it is best create a guided layout. Creating a guided layout gives you the proper visual queue of where your components should be and can tremendously help you with the composition.

Utilising shapes

Depending on the type of thing, you are designing, no matter what, utilising shapes and forms can make your life incredibly easier as a designer and can bring out cool layouts for your design. The most popular shapes to consider is the fundamentals, Rectangular, Triangle, Oval, Circle and Straight line. I know these may sound too damn fundamental but remember all of those trendy shapes that you see they all are morphed out of this fundamental shapes and formed into the trend.


One of the most essential aspects of graphic design is choosing the right font for your composition. This stage might give your content extra boost and visual appeal or can break your content and give the readers hard times therefore losing interest. One of the best thing is to play a lot with typography and making projects. This includes the knowledge about what kind of font family goes with each other as well as considering their dimension. This all come in play over time as you gain some experience. You can also use a lot of websites to help you picking up the best font for your design. One Google search is enough to get you started.

Character style

If you are using Photoshop, you are in with a good luck. Inside the Photoshop there is one of the most handy features called ‘Character style’. When you are done selecting with the font family, now you can create a text and leave it. If you don’t know where character style is, go to the top bar, click on window and from the drop down menu, select ‘Character style’. This will bring up the character style panel. This is the most useful, since you can play around with the text, set colour and font family and save the character inside the character panel. You can adjust it anyway you want from hereafter.

These are the most beginner friendly handy tips that even pros in the field always use. Do not worry about the platform, no matter which software you will be using, all of them have these features, although they might be available under different names.