Hey :) love love love your blog! I was wondering about the graphics you mentioned.. I would love it if you did a whole post on how to make them, I'm so lost in that area haha.. thanks a million
oh man oh man oh man okay. first, thank you so much for the compliment, it means so much to me that you like my blog, thank you bby <3 and okayyy let’s do this. oh boy. alright anon, i’m not a professional or all that good by any means and there are other amazing graphists that make amazing graphics but i got you, so welcome to-
okay i use photoshop to edit my graphics but you don’t need to ok??
- so when you make a graphic, you need to specify your image size.
- tumblr photos (like the one i have above) has a horizontal length of 500 pixels
- so your image should be 500 x a number. the one i have above is 500 x 200 pixels. you can make it 500 x 300, 500 x 700, whatever your heart desires.
- facebook timeline covers are 815 x 315 pixels, instagram photos are 500 x 500 (but they’ve changed so you can have any size)
- so anon! i’m assuming you want to make graphics like the ones i’ve made before, right? (bc i dabble in lots of different graphic editing there’s a lot more different types of graphics but i think the one we want rn is like the one above)
- so you should just start with a solid colored background
- usually, light, pastel colors look the best.
- when you go dark, unless you go navy blue dark or some variant of gray or black, the background usually looks hard to look at and is less pleasing to the eye.
- so yeah! solid, light colored backgrounds work just fine.
- but you can hit that up with some Patterns
- yah so you can add patterns to your background if you wanna spice things up a bit ey (waggles eyebrows)
- either go black, white, lgiht gray or go home when you do patterns. don’t try and mix up colors for patterns for backgrounds
- unless you’re super super sure that your pattern will look ok
- you can make horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, crossed, etc. for your patterns and add them to your background!
- do not make the patterns too bold or complicated or put too much, because the patterns on your background should be subtle.
- so yup, you can do things like i did in the header for this post! gray diagonal dotted lines.
Text / Fonts
- so next step is fonts or your text or whatever it is that you want to say in your graphic
- typography and text is a whole thing in itself and you could write like, two hundred posts about it and not be done, but i’ll try my best to pass on a quick tuto for this
- so first choose a text color that compliments your background. here this usually involves color coordination, but you can go by a few rules
- and you can make cool text effects. for example make a few copies of your text and change the color just a shade lighter or change the color just a tad and kinda move the texts behind each other so they diagonally overlap to get a hella cool bg.
- if you have a light / pastel bg:
- you can either do colors that are right next to what your bg color is (pink and white and orange, red and purple, remember the rainbow: ROY G BIV)
- go with white. white is always an option. always looks hella good.
- you can go opposite the color of your bg, so pink and blue, purple and yellow, etc.)
- if you have a white bg:
- you can work with any color, really, and it’ll look really nice!
- go gray or black to get a more clean and crisp look.
- special tip: to make your text pop but not look tacky, don’t go complete black. go very dark gray or just gray and the color makes a world of difference!
- if you’re going to work with multiple colors, just remember to follow the color rules and u know what if u don’t know the color rules or just are too lazy just eyeball it
- (no that’s not what i do with every. single. graphic i make hahaahaa h aa (laughs nervously))
- if you have a darker bg:
- once again use white as ur text color
- or just super light colors like sakura-color pink or something
- then you’re going to choose a font
- fonts are so darned complicated ugh ugh ug H
- but okay. you can go on google and look up font tutorials to really get into the whole font thing but here’s a super basic rundown on fonts
- use the basic, common fonts (but not comic sans please or i will poke you in the eyeball om g). here are the basics I use
- vijaya, times new roman, arial (u can go all caps and get a super aesthetic thing)
- use uniform, clean fonts (idk what to call these, i should know but wtv)
- slim joe, big john, basic title font, brain flower, bebas, znikomit
- whaTEVER idk these are the ones i can think of off the top of my head ok
- use cool handwritten fonts
- selima, levibrush, peach sundress, satisfaction
- you can look on creativemarket in fonts to find more free pretty handwritten fonts
- use weird but amazing fonts
- fyi: never go overboard with the more complicated fonts never ever bc it only makes your graphic look yucky
- wolf in the city, men in black, franks, easy going stroke, a series of unfortunate events, romangridcaps
- once again, there are rules to making different fonts and different styles go together, but once again, i say just eyeball it if it gets too complicated.
- i usually just slap a handwritten or cool font and add a preinstalled normal font to go w/ it in a smaller sized font
Shapes and Other Things
- you can then add different things and shapes to add extra dazzle to your edit
- just add stuff
- i don’t really know what to say for these shapes bc um honestly i don’t have a guide for doing this. i usually just randomly do whatever looks good to me.
- squares, circles, and triangles are super cool though. you can experiment and play around and see what looks good to you.
- also look on google for images that end with .png because those will have transparent bgs and are easy to use as shapes and stuff
Color Schemes / Palettes
- i am way too lazy to explain all the color things but in general
- go either similar or go opposite
- light shades or colors go with light shades (pastel yellow with pstel orange) or color or light shades go with dark shades (dark dark gray with pastel pink)
- colors go with colors right next to them on the spectrum (orange and yellow, purple and red, blue and green) or else opposite (red or orange with blue, purple and yellow)
- and of course, white, gray, or black go with anything!
- to look for nice color palettes to choose colors that go well together
umm so i don’t know what else to put on here. i’ll add stuff if i remember though. this was a super basic rundown on making a graphic, so sorry about not being able to answer your question more thoroughly, anon!!!
but please, message me again if you have a more specific question like how i made my header for this post or how i made my minimalist edit, my ‘drink water’ edit, or my iphone wallpapers because i can answer your question if i know what type of graphic you want!!!
happy editing!! xoxo
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