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Basic Design Principles Tutorial

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Creative Team Member Linda Davis shares a basic design principles tutorial from an excerpt of her blog post,  Basic Design Principles.

Basic Design Principles

Not all my layouts are complicated, but I do try to follow some basic design concepts when I create a page, for example this page with ArtPlay MiniPalette Noel

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

 1. Asymmetrical Alignment. I clipped my photo to the frame’s clipping mask and changed it to black and white with a gradient map adjustment layer. I placed my granddaughter’s eyes on the intersection of the guide lines creating an asymmetrical design.

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

 2. Texture to Create Dimensional Interest. Second, I clipped Solid Paper 3 to the FotoBlendz mask and layered Transfers 1, 2 and 6 along with Overlay 2 and the WordTransfer to build a textured foundation for a grouping of elements and to repeat the colors in the frame.

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

 3. Repetition. Third, I added a background paper. I drew lines with the Line Tool to repeat the lines in the paper.

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

 4. Proximity for Placement of Elements. Finally, I added elements in a group around the title rather than placing them randomly on the page. The button and thread on the right draw the eye out toward the edge for balance.

Basic Design Principles Tutorial

 Click on the above photos for additional process notes and Anna Aspnes Digital Designs supplies used.

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