Graphic Design is such a huge topic, let me start by saying, you don't have to have a master's degree to design your own graphics. Thankfully, in today's world we have programs such as Canva, which is the most affordable design program on the planet! There is a free version, and a paid version. The free version is incredible! The paid version is outstanding! If you haven't yet heard of Canva and thought creating your own graphics to be beyond your skill set, think again my friend, If I can use it you can too. You can read all about Canva in this blog post: (insert blog post heading & link)
Canva Pro is my choice of program for all our graphics here at SistasBiz. I do not find myself recommending other programs such as the endless range of Adobe programs as they break the bank and can be incredibly difficult to learn and grasp. If you are just starting out, keeping in your budget is so important, trust me…I learnt the hard way!
I have been teaching myself for just over two years now and also crossed paths with some amazing Ladies who offer budget friendly courses, and I am able to absorb information from around the internet to put all the basics together.
So I want to share my knowledge and pass on the basic principles I use every time I plan a new graphic, that could be anything from a Pinterest Pin to a website graphic or planning a new workbook.
So fellow beginners, here's a quick overview of what I cover in the pdf cheat sheet you can download below.
I have also included a rundown on the common mistakes beginners often make….I did too!
- Overdoing it with Fonts
- Wrong color choices
- Incorrect alignment
- No visual hierarchy
- Wrong use of spacing
- Too many elements in one design
- Stretching elements and stock photos