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 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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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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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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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 found 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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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What is minimalism in graphic design?

What is minimalism in graphic design and how can one apply this concept to a design? I keep seeing the term minimalist design while reading graphic-related websites and magazines, but I'm not so sure ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Tips for creating a mosaic of one photo from a set of photos

I want to create a mosaic from a set of photos I already have that will give me another photo. So a set of architecture photos that will give me a big photo of it's creator (the architect). The result ...
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What are the traditional rules for drop shadow direction / light source?

When creating a drop shadow for objects, what is the traditional / classic "rule" for the offset direction? I see so many that are down and right, which results in the light source coming from the top ...
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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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Are there any specific composition rules for web design? [closed]

Are there any composition rules specific to web design, or that are otherwise elevated in importance in the context of web design? There are probably some aspects of composition that would be more or ...
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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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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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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 often is the Golden Ratio actually used in modern design?

The Golden Ratio is the stuff of legend (and I believe some derision if Pepsi's latest logo change is of any indication) and is purported to have been used in many famous projects. My question is two-...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can a design be balanced and yet have a focal point?

The concept of a focal point seems to be a fundamental one in web design, yet doesn't a focal point mean a page cannot be balanced? Surely by definition a focal point means that the page's 'weight' ...
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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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Methods for using the Golden Ratio in fluid application UI design?

I have seen a bit about leveraging the Golden Ratio in traditional web design applications, however I've not found much in the way of thoughts on utilizing it within fluid desktop application design. ...
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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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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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When trying to achieve the “ideal” letter count per line how do you balance container size and font size?

“Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both letters ...
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Why do websites tend to show the content to the left? [duplicate]

I've noticed a trend in content positioning on popular websites such as facebook, youtube, 9gag and many more.. they all have their main content to the left side of website. Why is this? Or is it just ...
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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

I am wondering whether quotes need to be included in text positioning. See example below: Is this correct? Or should the quotes be disregarded when positioning the text? What's the best way to ...