Utilizing Graphic design skills to create your own promotional design collateral, business cards, online branding and graphics for your studio or your brand of art can be of great benefit to you. If you are skilled in art, you are ahead of the game with developing graphic design skills.
Here are 5 tips to get you started
1. First of all, focus.
You must have had an interest in art or graphic design. Make it your intention to learn all you can about it; research online, take a few classes, see if you can find a good guide or even a mentor online. With all the visual over stimulation it’s easy to loose focus.
2. Take it slowly.
Be patient; you won’t learn all you need to know about graphic design in a few days! You have to start somewhere, and as you progress and become more experienced, you will become more confident in your talents and ability. If you’re an artist, you already are way ahead of the game visually. If you lack in software skills this will be on of the most challenging areas for you. You will have to switch from canvas to computer screen. Go online and take classes. Lynda.com is a great resource for learning software.
3. Use the easiest tools in the beginning.
Canva is the easiest place to start. However you should learn the Adobe Suite of products, especially Illustrator is you aim to be a professional graphic designer.
4. Start simple.
Don’t try to start out with complex designs, start with simple, flat objects and build on them once you’ve managed the simpler things.
5. Collect design inspiration.
Graphic designers are artists deep down inside, and most are visual people who notice things others may not in everyday objects, such as a Starbucks cup or a logo on a brochure. Start a collection, adding brochures, posters, cups, anything with a design that inspires you and add it to your collection (and digital – Pinterest of course is a great place to collect inspiration). You never know when something you’ve collected may bring out a bit of creative thinking on those days you can’t seem to get inspired!
There are countless resources on the Internet that will help you get started as a graphic designer, or improve your skills if you’re already on your way. Unlike other skills, this does require creativity. Patience, focus, study, practice! And look for texture, color, shape, and other visual aspects of design everywhere you go!