12 Graphic Design Tips for 12-12-12

It’s 12-12-12 and we are celebrating by bringing you 12 simple, but important tips for graphic design. Everything from keyboard shortcuts to overall looks!

  1. Use shift+drag to constrain proportions when resizing objects (Mac users).
  2. Always look for widows and orphans and be sure to fix them.
  3. Use CMYK TIFs when working in InDesign (general rule for print design).
  4. Image resolution should be 300 dpi for best quality.
  5. Apply spot colors (Pantone) when creating new logos.
  6. Make sure spacing after sentences is consistent, should be one or two.
  7. Use smart objects to preserve image/graphic quality.
  8. Limit your fonts (this will vary by project, but think maximum of three).
  9. Pay close attention to ownership when using photos.
  10. Simple ideas are okay and sometimes they’re even the best.
  11. Many companies have established branding guidelines (colors, fonts, logo size specifications). Be sure to ask for them before you start a project and follow accordingly.
  12. Don’t forget to set a page bleed. At minimum your document should be set for a .125 bleed.
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