5 Graphic Design Tips for Beginners

Mar 7, 2014 | Creativity, Education, Graphic Design, Technology, Training

I love being able to create. Bringing life to things no one has seen before is a true gift. Are you one of these people? Are you a super-talented individual like myself? In this blog, you’ll unlock the doors to the holy grail of beginner graphic design tips. Believe me, you don’t want to miss it.

Take Criticism



So, you’re thinking about becoming a designer? Or maybe you already are one. Either way, I have a few tips for you from my experience. I’ll start with a huge tip. Huge. Throughout most of my schoolboy days, I was known as “the guy who draws everything.” I always heard “Great Job!” or “You’re Awesome!” or “Can you draw me something for free that could take a million years?” At college I got a wake-up call. I found out that up until then, my work hadn’t faced much criticism. I also found out that I didn’t take it very well. Don’t end up crying under the bed like me. Display your work to your friends, family, enemies, and even publicly at town meetings. Get opinions, especially from fellow artists. This will strengthen you as a designer, and as a person.

Seek Perfection



As you progress in your design experience, the quality of your work will continue to improve. As it grows, strive to do your absolute best in any project you do. Perfection should be your goal. Although you can’t be perfect, you can do your best to come really close. You will find this rings especially true when you have to create something out of nothing.

Identify Audiences

It’s easy to design what you love, but it’s also important to design what the audience needs, while still making sure it’s your best work ever. Who are you designing for? What type of people will be viewing your work? Let your design skills adapt to the audience. Channel your inner designer. Channel the audience. Grab the remote of life and change the channel to the episode of your skills! (Applause)



Learn Software



This is another big point. Grab your software by the horns and study it until you can’t study anymore! I like to know the software I use inside and out. Believe me, knowing tools you design with will make the creative process much easier. By knowing your software, you can concentrate on creativity, not on finding the Photoshop shortcut for merging layers. Here are some ways I have learned about my programs:

  • Going to school
  • Learning from others
  • Watching tutorials
  • Googling it

Those are just some of the ways you can master your software. Learning from others is very important. As a designer, working with others gives you strength and compliments your ideas. Learn what they know, and teach them what you know. Most of all, practice. Learn all of the features, not just some of them.

Note: Learn your keyboard shortcuts. They save time.

Build Portfolio

As a beginner, you may not have very much work. That’s ok. If you build it, they will come.


Start building your portfolio as you begin to gain pieces of work that you feel are worthy of your talent. As you go through school and life, your portfolio will progress as your skills progress. You want to showcase yourself for what you can do. Make sure you not only do this physically, but digitally as well.

If you are a beginner, I encourage you to enjoy what you do as a designer, just as I do. Continue learning and growing as a designer as well as creating the best work ever.

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