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Do you struggle with graphic design? Would you like to create more effective eLearning courses or online educational presentations? In Graphic Design Tips for Beginners, blogger Tim Slade describes three things that you need to know. First, use more than just one font – and select an appropriate font type. Second, use cohesive images in a consistent way. Third, choose colors that match your message.

Image Credit: © kendrysdale/Dollar Photo Club

Image Credit: © kendrysdale/Dollar Photo Club

Font selection may seem minor, but fonts can convey deeper meanings. For example, serif fonts convey tradition, respect, and comfort. Sans-serif fonts communicate stability, objectivity, and modernity. That’s not all, however. The “three-font rule” that Slade suggests means using separate fonts for titles, headings, and body content. Sometimes, a fourth font for emphasis can help you to communicate more effectively.

Image Credit: © airdone/Dollar Photo Club

Image Credit: © airdone/Dollar Photo Club

With photographs, diagrams, and illustrations, it’s important to use cohesive images in a consistent way. For example, don’t use pictures you’ve taken yourself alongside stock photos from a vendor. Images also need consistent features such as lighting, style, framing, proportions, and quality. If you apply affects to photos, then do so consistently. In other words, don’t use grayscale images on page one and color photos on page two.

Finally, select text colors that match your message. If your presentation is designed to convey excitement, choose red. If your eLearning course is about dependability, choose blue. As with fonts, follow the “three-rule” with a primary color, a secondary color, and an accent color. By combining colors with fonts, you can underscore your message.

Will you follow these suggestions when preparing your next eLearning course or online educational presentation? What other information would you like to see included in an article about graphic design tips for beginners?

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