Learn about why designers use grids and guides to help them make design decisions. Also, learn some tips for making grids and guides.
- [Teacher] So how do we start…to work out what sort of composition will work for us?…Well, a good way to start is with grids and guides.…You could just rely on instinct…when positioning elements within your design.…But to make it easier on yourself,…you can use a conventional layout grid…to help you position elements.…Design grids are commonly used…and have been tried and tested…so they remove the trial-and-error approach,…which can be so time consuming.…Grids and guides give you the confidence to place objects…knowing that they're in the right position…and are balanced correctly.…
Arrangement of elements within the frame…can be determined by using a grid.…Here we see a rule of thirds grid applied in Lightroom…to help compose and frame an image.…Notice in this case,…the lines are used to divide areas of the image.…You'll see that this plant…falls on one of the dividing lines…and then the second line creates a kind of weighted balance.…And we make sure that…most of the interesting parts of the image,…or the solid parts of the image, the land mass,…
In this course, learn about the most important principles of composition and how to use them in your designs. Instructor Angie Taylor puts these principles in context by taking you though the development of an online advertisement, and showcasing the different techniques used throughout her workflow. She demonstrates how to capture colors, patterns, and shapes using the Adobe Capture app; develop your rough ideas into layers that are ready for animating; compose design elements in After Effects; and create 3D artwork with Cinema 4D and After Effects.
- Using color, contrast, line, and shape
- Sampling colors from photographs
- Creating swatch groups in Adobe Illustrator
- Adding dimension with space, motion, and depth
- Creating vector shapes with the Adobe Capture app
- Coloring artwork in Adobe Draw
- Illustrator layer structure for 2D animation
- Composing design elements in After Effects
- When to use Cinema 4D for 2D-style animation
- Creating 3D artwork for motion graphics
- Adding depth to 3D objects with shading