Questions tagged [composition]

Questions about the purposeful arrangement/organization of graphic and typographic elements regarding aspects of graphic properties (e.g. shape, size, color, texture, space), visual perception (e.g. rhythm, flow, depth, weight, proportion, balance, gestalt, focus), or communication (e.g. visual analogy, message, overall impression). This might also touch on possible differences based on culture or sub-culture.

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How do native speakers of a right-to-left-language read an image?

In Western left-to-right languages, e. g. German, we also read images from left to right. Therefore if a person in the image walks from right to left, he/she is seen as coming to the viewer or ...
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Where to place images/text on a page in design?

I’m new to graphic design and web design and one thing I’ve always wanted to figure out is WHERE to place my text and images on page to create a balanced and aesthetically pleasing layout and ...
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Is there a way to automatically arrange a collection of small images into a collage, with customizable parameters?

For a project I'm working on I want to take 40-50 music band logos, and arrange them into a collage in a specific area of an image. Example from online below: Below you can see an example of what I'm ...
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Script to activate or mute effects and layers from multiple pre-comp

Hey i heard about a script like Dugr script but with precomp reacting to the script. So you could select effects and layers from multiple pre-comp and put them in a "folder" in this script ...
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How to make a mockup more realistic?

I was just trying to create a metal sign mockup for my project, and this is as far as I got. I'm not entirely happy with the result as it still looks unrealistic and out of place. Would anyone be ...
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Best use of vertical lines separating words in logo

What are some of the pros and cons of enlarging the vertical lines between words in a logo like this? One I can think of, it makes the logo boundaries larger. Is it best to stick with vertical lines ...
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How can you improve lights and combination of these 2 characters to make it more realistic?

These don't look very realistic. I can't figure out a way what can be fixed now. First I tried a simple fox and warm colors, then longer hair so it looks part of shirt and man. But still composition ...
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How can I distribute many rectangles inside a larger rectangle, minimizing empty space, without rotation?

I have about 50 rectangular pieces of paper, with dimensions between 1 and 5 inches and different "aspect ratios." I'd like to fit them all inside the smallest rectangle possible. Additional ...
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How to make the composition more unified and realistic?

This is what I originally made. The perspective of buildings was not okay. So I tried to improve/change buildings and lights. This is 2nd version. Client said it should have depth and buildings ...
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How should I approach wrapping objects in composite shapes in Photoshop?

I'm a mixtape designer, who took a long break to learn and get better. This is one of the last things that i cannot seem to find a decent tutorial for at all. In this image, i imagine the designer who ...
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What is the difference between figures illustration and images?

It is mainly the term "figure" here that I question. Here is the source: http://condor.depaul.edu/dsimpson/pers/typography.html The author of the page seems to distinguish these terms: Figures, ...
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Need feedback - Can the composition/colors of this design be fixed if something is lacking or is not a better fit?

My boss didn't find it (images are at bottom) perfect. Although he couldn't explain it specifically, but he gave an hint about light / color tone / background and sky related problems. After talking a ...
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How does the Golden Ratio/Spiral Work? Is it useful with Logo Design? [duplicate]

I will be looking to create a Logo very shortly. I am not formally educated in this principle, where I am self learning through a variety of online resources. Through my learning, I have come across ...
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SVG: Can I make an outer glow with a gradient?

I've seen a million tutorials to make outer glow effects using some combination of feGaussianBlur, feFlood and dilating either SourceGraphic or SourceAlpha. They work pretty well but aren't exactly ...
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How to automate the composition of an online book

I am putting together a website that personalises a children storybooks with a wide range of options - text and illustrations. As we build the website and being new to the design/book space, can you ...
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Photomontage Integration Techniques With Edges

My question is regarding integrating an island image onto an ocean image. I already cut the island out and I have a nice clean edge on it. It seems to pop out a bit however. Even when I used an ...
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Are there alternative suites or combinations of apps to Adobe CC that can work dynamically together?

Is there an alternative suite to Adobe CC that have "dynamic links" between apps, or single apps that can update files accordingly to its asset files? Basically, what I'd like is alternative apps ...
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What's wrong with my designs? [closed]

I designed almost 90% of the products on this website. We are not getting sales. Aside from marketing and sales strategy. What do you think is wrong with my designs?
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Smart home design feedback

I would like some feedback for my design. It is in german because we are situated in a german speaking part of the world. Back story, it's a website which will guide a customer with smart home ...
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How to merge many images into a single large composite image?

I have a series of images (around 60) that need to be merged into a singular very large image. The images were taken from screenshots of a much larger map and so they just need to be stitched back ...
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instructions to give photographer when shooting for web

I work with a team of graphic designers. The most common challenge we have is how to use photography which is great by itself, but when it comes to using these on placements across the website or app, ...
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How do I make objects and text stand out over a busy photo background?

I frequently have to place objects and text on photo backgrounds and some backgrounds make it hard to see the objects. To get good contrast I will try to pick a background image that has large flat ...
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Locked Layer/Composition background

I'd like to know how can I change the color purple background and expand it. I've downloaded a template for an intro and the only thing I seem to have trouble with is this one. I already looked into ...
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Placement of additional elements in a complex image

I'm creating a map/graph/diagram and I would like to add a graph to indicate the relative strength of different industries (three sector model). The same picture already contains the economic ...
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How shall I lay out 2 horizontal elements to look balanced?

I tried using the rule of thirds to place my elements, but it looked wonky ... possibly because the elements are different sizes and heights. I repositioned them so the vertical distance is even ...
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After Effects: animate the characters in the main comp or use separate comps?

I'm making an animated short in AE using some basic rounded rectangles as characters. There are 2 characters, a red rectangle and a blue rectangle. I am now not able to decide whether to draw and ...
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Best software to create alphabet chart

I am interested in creating a personalized version of this alphabet chart. I am a complete novice and would like to play around with creating it myself. Can someone please tell me if there is an ...
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InDesign: should a baseline grid be used for 190-page magazine?

I've always used a baseline grid until now for magazines up to 90 pages, but this magazine will be around 190 pages - it is more like a book - so do I need to make it with text aligned to baseline ...
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How can I merge two compositions from different projects?

I worked on two compositions in After Effects files (a 6 second and a minute composition). How can I merge the compositions in a new composition so that the minute long composition will follow ...
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How can I get After Effects to recognize newly saved changes in an imported Illustrator file?

I've updated the imported Illustrator file that I am using in After Effects with some new layers and other stuff, but the changes are not seen in my compositions. How can I get my compositions to ...
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Compositing and creativity with badly cropped/taken photos

Apologies if this has been asked before and if it's inappropriate in this network. I have a group photo(of people) I have to work with that is poorly taken. The people at the edges are partially cut ...
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Is it OK to layout landscape images vertically in a book?

I am currently laying out a book (poetry). There are a few images to be placed at various points throughout the text. Most of these are portrait orientation. For various reasons it is necessary for ...
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Color scheme for three different goals

I want to preface this by stating that I am in no way an expert in design or colors and their meanings. I am looking for three colors, each of which have a different meaning and goal associated with ...
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I designed a game that makes my eyes tired

I try making a game where you draw physic lines and need to deliver a ball to the exit. I created several levels and found that I cant play it. My eyes get tired and hurt after 10 minutes. Maybe the ...
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How to arrange the text in the new logo of programmers.SE and its meta?

Our old logo: and its meta version: need to be updated with our new name. We were offered: which has a great mug icon, monitor art, and font. Just not sure about the composition. The text ...
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How to learn composition when dealing with products or videogame graphics?

apologize if this can be easily googled or was answered before, I could not find anything. Most composition is how to frame your picture. I am frequently preparing images for my articles and need to ...
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Logo on a background of same color

I have a logo in white+blue. And I have a background of same blue color. If I simply put a logo over the background - logo's blue part merges with the background. How should I solve such a dilemma? P. ...
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How to improve horizon on image?

I'm making a scene in Photoshop which should look something like a field of grass and the sky. However I just can't make it work. Feels like there's something missing. In my opinion it is due to ...
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How to create flow and rhythm through composition

Composition is a great tool for creating a visual flow or rhythm to guide the viewers eye and lead them through your content. Thinking about the way you want your users to interact with your content ...
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Van de Graaf Canon and title pages

I am currently working on typesetting a book and I have been fairly consistent about following the Van de Graaf canon. However, the question arises when dealing with the front matter, whether it is ...
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How to design arrow links between two nodes?

I'm building an algorithm for drawing directional lines between two nodes. In the trivial case of one link it works fine. But this method fails when there's a reciprocal line it overlaps the first ...
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Text centering in a circle [duplicate]

I'm designing a labeled circle and so far it's been a struggle of finding the perfect vertical position for a one letter label. Currently I have two options. Which one seems better centered?
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Does a feathered vignette for a child's portrait look good?

Hello I'm working on picture of a little boy. I think the upper left corner of the picture needs something. Does this feathered vignette look good and professional? What might an alternative be?
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best way to style a 14 person staff directory in one page [closed]

i'm doing a 14 person staff directory for a corporate souvenir program. it has to be done on one-page of 190 (w) x 270 (h). the arrangement is in alphabetical so no hierarchy between positions. ...
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How legible is a right-aligned same-line header compared to a more conventional left-aligned separate-line?

I maintain an internal weekly newsletter* sort of thing with zero or more points of interest* for each of a couple dozen people*. It's organized in groups within columns with a header for each such ...
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Critique: How to make a better visual distinction between content and options in a post?

I have a design that currently looks something like this: I feel that there should be some sort of visual split between the main content of the post and the options below it (the up and down arrows, ...
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How to make clear the intent of résumé status bars?

On my résumé, in order to emphasize the technologies that I am skilled with I am placing a 'status bar' along with each technology indicating a level of 1 to 5. This is the rough draft: Is it clear ...
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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

As an interface designer, and just as a designer in general, I often notice that I feel the need to place things slightly off-center in order to make them appear centered and balanced, due to the ...
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Critique: Are these text-based logos positioned comfortably, and do they convey elegance?

Something is amiss about this logo I've made for myself. I am a design student, and soon-to-be graduate. This logo will go on my business card and possibly other promo things in order to allow me to ...
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How can I achieve opacity gradient effect in After Effects CS6?

Basically I have a composition layer that needs to have sort of fading out effect on it. I can achieve this in PS CS6 by aplying a vector mask on a layer and then choosing opacity gradient and ...
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