Ever been designing an image and thought to yourself:
“Man… I wish I had the graphic design skills to make this image AMAZING!”
Don’t worry. We’ve all been there!
And lucky for us, Canva just introduced a simple-as-pie new online Design School that empowers everyone to learn AMAZING graphic design skills.
Yes, it’s for people just like us — businesses & brands communicating through social media!
The school includes a series of quick & easy tutorials that cover everything beginners need to know about design.
So if you want to become a better visual communicator, here’s a taste of the powerful graphic design hacks you’ll learn at the Canva Design School.
10 Graphic Design Hacks that’ll Make You a PRO Designer Overnight!
1. Pair Contrasting Fonts
Which fonts look good together & which ones don’t?
Pairing fonts is one of the most common areas that stumps people who are starting out with graphic design.
A great rule of thumb is to choose fonts with high contrast. This will help the fonts balance each other out while still creating a feature in your design.
In this example, the font Sifonn was used for the word “Hawaii” and the font Arvo for the supporting text:
The contrast between the 2 typefaces has been increased by making the size of the title significantly larger & using a bright color to complement the background ocean image.
2. Match Colors Within Your Designs
Creating color harmony is one of the most effective ways to make your designs stand out.
One way to create harmony is to match the colors you use for your graphic elements — such as fonts or text holders — with a background image.
You can find the exact color from an image using a color picker tool, which will provide you with a hex code — the six digit code that identifies an exact color on the color wheel.
Hex codes are an important concept for graphic design newbies to learn. They’re what you’ll use to construct all the color palettes for your designs!
In the example above, matching the text color with the vibrant pink flowers in the background image helps the copy stand out.
A transparent shape has also been added as a text holder to help with legibility.