Things You Need to Know About Graphic Design
If you are just beginning your journey into Graphic Design and you aren't sure where to start make sure you look at free online courses that can help you. Youtube is a well of information for people looking to get started so don't be afraid to start learning because you can't afford it - after all learning is free.
Below are four tips that everyone needs to know before starting in the world of Graphic design.
1. Don’t Limit Yourself
Early on, you’ll feel at times like you’re not qualified to do a certain project or complete certain work. It’s natural, but don’t let it stop you. You don’t have to be an expert to succeed as a creative because talent and skill can carry you just as far. Learn to experiment and try new things and don’t limit yourself by thinking you can’t do something or don’t have the knowledge. Many of the things you’ll learn in a creative field take some figuring out and hands-on time.
2. Get to Know Your Software
Design and graphic arts in the modern age call for the use of various computer and design programs. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, for instance, are two incredibly popular programs that you’ll likely include in your repertoire. To be honest, it doesn’t matter what tool or application you use. If it works for you, then great!
What’s more important is that you understand the ins and outs of the software you’re using. When you’re not working, experiment and get to know some of the less-common functions. Take an online course (SkillShare is great) or read a public tutorial. Browse forums and Q&A sites like Quora to find new information.
3. Creative Block Is a Real Thing
At some point, maybe years from now or possibly tomorrow, you’ll sit down to get some work done and it will be like running headfirst into a wall. Creative block happens even to the best of us and it can be crushing. When it happens, acknowledge it and do your best to move forward. Don’t procrastinate and give up — at least, not right away.
Find ways to reignite your creative side by looking for inspiration. Maybe your “thing” is playing some great music and getting into the beat? Maybe you’d prefer to look at the work of other designers and artists? Maybe you’d like to go outside and meditate in the grass for a while? Do whatever you need to do to move forward.
4. Make the Most of Your Time
Learn early and upfront that time management is a necessary skill when working for yourself. You have the power to put off your work and duties and you alone decide when you sit down at your desk and begin putting in the time. That also means it’s your fault when you run out of time and miss a deadline or simply have to work longer than planned because you weren’t efficient.
It’s not always about the total amount of time you put into a project — it’s about what you do with the time you do invest. Learn to be efficient and productive and try to eliminate as many distractions as possible to stay on task. The earlier and faster you get your work done — so long as you do so accurately — the less time you’ll have to spend working.
Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming when starting out your print on demand graphic design business. It can be tiring, exhausting and in the beginning will not provide you with the results and profits you expect.
The key factor is to make sure you have goals which you keep and to have the willpower to carry on even when it seems like the world is against you. Millions of people are making healthy profits every day by using Print on Demand as their business base, so you can too.
Make a plan and stick to it. Think about how to learn new skills while building up your business at the same time, concentrate on the things you are good at and outsource the rest. Enjoy your working day and make it work!