There’s a few tips that are worth keeping in mind when creating your own graphic designs. The tips in this post will have you creating great looking graphics in no time at all. Let’s dive straight in!

Design tip #1: Use contrast to help your designs stand out

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Using contrast in your design will help it stand out. Make sure you use contrasting colors, particularly when choosing your background color and the color of any fonts or graphics you use in your design. A good rule of thumb is if you have a light colored background then you should use a dark font (and vice versa).

Design tip #2: Choose your font palette

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Perhaps you already have corporate fonts that you use at work, or maybe you’re creating a personal design and need to choose your own. Either way, you’ll need to pick a font for your title or headings, your subtitle and your body text. Pick a font that stands out for your heading, but choose simpler subtitle and body fonts that are easy to read.

Design tip #3: Pick a color scheme

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Just like you’ve now chosen a font palette, you’ll also want to pick a color scheme. The Canva colors are bright pastels, and these are used consistently across all our branding. You can do the same thing with your brand or design. Start with 2-3 main colors.

Design tip #4: No naked images

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Using images in your design adds interest and helps your design to stand out. A good tip with images is to use a grid or frame where possible. This is a simple trick which will give your design a professional edge.

Design tip #5: Keep it simple

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Lastly, it can be easy to get carried away with so many great images, graphics and fonts to choose from. A cluttered design is overwhelming. Make sure you have a reason to use every design element, and keep the number of fonts, colors, shapes and frames to a minimum.

Have you got any other great design tips? Share them below!

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Zach is Head of Communications for Canva, an online platform that makes graphic design simple for everyone. He writes regularly on social media, branding and public relations and has achieved coverage in publications including Mashable, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, NBC, Forbes and The Next Web.


  • Great tips! I’ve been experimenting with Canva for about a week and I love it! Good tip regarding your color scheme.

  • Maria Bass says:

    Cool tips on graphic designing! I really find these very helpful in making responsive and great graphic designs for a business. Graphic design would absolutely affect website success as part of marketing strategy. With great graphic designs, this would create a big impact to readers and clients. This would indeed make an influential result to potential clients as well.

  • J.Shumi says:

    I always try to follow the tips that you have mentioned here.Specially make the design as simple as possible is the main idea for my design.

  • Donna Barstow says:

    No naked images is new to me. I think it works in my cartoons, yet when presenting to others, as in Pinterest, etc, your suggestion of aligning makes sense!
    PS: My tip is not to use DisQus – too intrusive!

  • Lauri English says:

    I always try to make sure that pictures or designs don’t distract from the main point but point toward the main point. For example, you would not want a picture of a person facing off of the page but toward the inside where the message is located. It draws you toward your message.

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