Creative Tips from a Graphic Designer! (Tricks to Create an Aesthetically Pleasing Composition)

Hey everyone! Wow, I’m so sorry it’s been almost a week since I’ve made a blog post. I’ve been trying to post at least twice a week but unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes. However, this weekend has been filled with filming videos for YouTube and planning Instagram posts, so more content is definitely coming your way, I promise! For today’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different. Since I went to school for four years to study Graphic Design and have now become a working Graphic Designer, I realized I could probably be sharing tons of tips that could help all of you creatively. Whether that be with your blog, Instagram, Canva, YouTube, Tumblr, or whatever other platforms you use! That’s all I ever want to do with this blog: help you guys!!! So let’s jump into it!

The Rule of Thirds

Alright so I want to start off with one of the most important rules when it comes to design or art: The Rule of Thirds. This is a very common idea if you’re an art major or involved in any creative community. This is basically a guideline to follow to produce aesthetically pleasing images that fill the space nicely or allow for white space (empty space). Sometimes, having white space in any of your compositions is actually more aesthetically pleasing than completely filling the space.

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For example, here is my most recent Instagram post. In this photo I have three main objects: my hat, the “Stay Spooky” sign, and the pumpkin. Although there are other elements in this photo, those are the three main objects your eye is drawn to. Your eye is drawn from the sign/text, to the hat, and down to the pumpkin, taking your view through the entire composition. At least, that’s how my brain works, LOL. It is also very helpful to think of your image as a grid.

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Now normally, I prefer to use my own photography in a blog post, but I wanted to illustrate this idea clearly. Here is an image from Google illustrating the grid idea. It is best to place subjects where the grid intersects, which is always off center. Notice how the surfer in this photo is placed in the right hand corner. Having something placed directly in the middle will most likely not create an interesting composition or catch someone’s eye.

Take Your Time

Sometimes when you’re doing something creative, you hit a block or things just aren’t turning out how you wanted. Especially in the design world, this happens quite often. I know when it comes to blog photography for me, sometimes I just can’t get the right shot and it’s definitely frustrating. However, I notice when I take my time on something and not simply rushing through it will create better results. Even if you need to step away for a few minutes, you will come to a solution quicker. This is something even I’m trying to get better at. Being a creative person isn’t always easy, but you still must find solutions.

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Instagram Themes

This is another great way to get creative and focus on beautiful compositions. Personally with my Instagram, I like changing up my photos so my overall theme will have a variety visually. What I mean by this is posting a different photo each time. For example, I will try to post a full OOTD, then maybe a close up of an outfit, and after that a flat lay. While this is sometimes hard to accomplish, I always try to keep it in the back of my mind. My Instagram definitely isn’t perfect, but I have a lot of fun with it! Keeping a consistent color theme and working to be better has been such a fun hobby!

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Visual Hierarchy

Another very important aspect of design is visual hierarchy. I touched on this a bit previously but this is especially important if text is included in your photo. When it comes to posting information, you want the title to be larger, in a bold font, or have some quality that makes it stand out from any other text. Any small details should be in a smaller or less heavy font. For example when I’m promoting a new photo from Instagram on my story, I always include a title and some extra information about it. I create this with the Canva app, and it’s been a great addition to my blog/Instagram!

While all of these are very simple tips that I use everyday, I know most people did not go to school for design. So I genuinely hope this helped any of you! Let me know down in the comments if you have any composition tricks that you can share! I’d love to know what you guys love creating! Talk to you all very soon! xx

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17 Comments

  1. October 20, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Loved all your tips 💕 I also checked out your insta and love it

    • October 20, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      aw thank you so so much!

  2. October 20, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    These tips are so helpful!! I especially like what you said about your Instagram feed and trying to post different types of photos. I definitely need more practice with that!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:19 am

      So glad I could help!!! Creating different types of posts while also having a cohesive theme is definitely difficult but it’s fun to try! xx

  3. October 21, 2018 / 2:51 am

    I’m not very great with designing but one thing I do is try to edit all my images using the same tool so it looks uniform. Having a cohesive feed is what I struggle with the most, Thank you for this post xx
    Love,
    The Beauty Wonk
    http://thebeautywonk.com/

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Making a consistent theme definitely can be a struggle! I’ve found a tool as well that I use to edit my photos and it’s helped so much!

  4. October 21, 2018 / 4:10 am

    I remember learning about the rule of thirds when I did a photography course but thank you for sharing again as I always forget it when taking photos! Your Instagram theme looks so good – you should be proud of it. xx

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:18 am

      omg thank you that’s so so sweet!! it’s definitely a very basic rule that is often forgotten, so it’s good to go back and review for me as well! xx

  5. October 21, 2018 / 5:53 am

    These are all amazing tips,definitely bookmarking this…your theme is beautiful btw 😀

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Yay, so glad it could be helpful to you! And thank you so much, I’ve been working on it! xx

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Thank you! And no problem! xx

  6. October 21, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Great post and very helpful to hear these things from a designer!

    • October 21, 2018 / 11:19 am

      thanks so much! so happy i could help!!

    • October 28, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      thanks so much!

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