10 Graphic Design Hacks that’ll Make You a PRO Designer Overnight!

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3. Use Grids for Your Images

Grids are a unique Canva tool which help you layout & edit your images to create professional effects.

Four images with similar themes were placed in this grid to create an eye-catching composition. The horizon line of each photo has been lined up, and a unique filter was applied across all the images for consistency.

Grids make for a quick & easy way to create your own world class layouts without using design templates.

4. Add Transparent Icons

Learning how to create backgrounds in Canva is where your creative juices really start to flow.

Whether you’re using an image as a background or a series of colored shapes — there are endless ways to experiment!

In the example above, a slight transparency was applied to the leaf icon & the background image was darkened to make the text more legible.

5. Illustrate Information with Shapes & Icons

Many people are surprised at how much they can accomplish using shapes & icons.

From creating informative infographics to a unique text holder, this is an important skill which helps you think outside the box & create original designs.

Three circle icons representing different percentages were used in this example to illustrate the findings of a report.

Shapes & icons are great tools to use when creating interesting & informative social media posts, or if you want to wow your boss during a company presentation.

6. Fix Color Issues in Your Images

Making sure your images look their best is an essential part of the graphic design process.

One way to do this is to increase or decrease the saturation of an image. Saturation refers to the intensity of color in an image.

When a color is fully saturated — it appears vivid & bright!

Increasing saturation will make the colors in your image appear richer, while decreasing it will made them look washed-out & muted.

In the above example, saturation was increased to brighten the natural color of the fruits.

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