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How to create a layout when you are out of ideas

teacher avatar Gabriel Ortolan, Illustrator & Animator

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9 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro - what this class is about

    • 2. 2 initial options: basic vs detailed

    • 3. Previous material

    • 4. Absent material

    • 5. Background

    • 6. Contrast

    • 7. Choosing fonts

    • 8. Simplicity

    • 9. Summing it up

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About This Class

This class is about how to develop a layout or anything that you need to create when you are out of ideas. The main objective is to provide you a few tips for when you need to create something but there is a huge blank on your mind. Let the creativity flows!

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Gabriel Ortolan

Illustrator & Animator


I graduated in Technology in Graphic Arts (almost the same as Graphic Design) by the Federal Technological University of Paraná (Brazil) and also completed a Post Graduate on Comics and a Post Graduate on Game Design. Right now I'm trying to improve my drawing skills. It's not only something I believe I'm good at, but also my passion, although still have a lot to learn. And by doing that I discovered another thing I love: animation. Well, in fact, tradicional animation. Check out my Youtube channel for more videos.

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1. Intro - what this class is about: do you? Hi, everybody. My name is Gabriel and owns Project. We're going to discuss how to create a layout when you're out of ideas. I hope to baby to share with you some paths that I take when I don't know how to begin my creation. The idea here is to provide a few thoughts when you're liking material related to phone scholars, background and concepts in the next videos, I'm going to give you a little guide with ideas when it So how do you begin your only out creation? So let's do it. 2. 2 initial options: basic vs detailed: so you can work between basically two options, the 1st 1 used when you don't have much time. Time is it's not your ally here. The first step is trying to visualize the layout ready. The better you can get these image in your mind, the better you can predict if this we are will not work. No, this is just an example, and that had made. But, um, the Cairo points towards the bottom. That means that the most important part it's the title it What if you were you great first requires a much larger proportion. The team and the organization sometimes the mix themselves, but the team is more. What will be the event about, and the organization is more. Did they use the facts so they require the same size? The dates? It's another essential information, but, ah, it requires um, which is moulder size. Since it's just numbers and the sponsorship, we'll tell what we being the sponsors off that event? No, and the 2nd 1 is when you have much more time to make your creation. In this case, you can create more freely, take chances and, ah, if it doesn't come out where we? Well, do you have the first option? And both off his options can work basically for the same work. But the second option gives more more time to exercise your creativity. Ah, the difference between over here. You work under pressure, and over here there's no pressure. There's no time limit. And remember to never underestimate the possibilities that can result from a brainstorming . Now, this is just an example. But, uh, you can see here that I took ah, large image to occupy almost almost half. Often there is peace dedicated to the title. And, uh, talk is related to team organization in dates and text begins and, you know, further from the barter line and, uh, in here, only sponsorship there will be for sponsors that can increase own degrees A. So, like 3. Previous material: own. The other hand, if there's so material that you can raise your cell phone like a trademark over here and you can strict from colors the colors from need and create your only out from there, there are both possibilities off. First, fix your options. Just owned those colors. Specifically school. Um, for example, I tried tour extract, um, every color from it. Every color that was used on the sleigh out is coming through there the trademark and second, we can try to create a color palette from the predominant one. So I tried to create Try it from Day is darker blue. So I came with, um, the purple and, uh, yellow green relieve. And these are variations that that came with it. Either way, you polarized Mark. And Monday in the Harmony 4. Absent material: But if there is not ah, trademark and you don't know what you do, we're completely lost. You would be better to pick neutral colors like these one that has very similar option that do regional or try to based their palate on the color of choice and keep your options around it. Remember to not beak many colors to not let running deserter, unless that's your objective. 5. Background: for the background. It's a good egy, a true Crete Ah pattern. There is the option of using dramatically shapes such as stripes, squares, X equals, which I believe works better than the squares for creating a new stable pattern and circles . Of course you can, including overlap. This shapes and off course it doesn't necessary need to be that aggressive. You can create a pattern using only true colors, such as this example. It may not be even that hard to see, but affairs on a trick. Waller's Over here there is a light color owned circle than they raised on the back of world, and you can even use these shapes to interact with the text, are used them to support it and result in the help in the and meant positioning at the same time that that also can improve the credibility such as I will show on the next video 6. Contrast: the use of contrast between the text, color and background one's is the same show so that the layout can achieve its objective. He will help you create a clean job being therefore understandable. The EU's own darker or brighter color with depends with What do you have in mind? This is just an example, but we can't see the applications here here own the left. You can see the text that was a player in front, off the support me. No, you owned right? I can see that was applied director on the pattern on the left, every text it's readable. Whether is a player on a darker color right back you go or the country, whether used freakin own the right color and on the darker black ground. And we have this one over year, we've called her being part off the pattern on general them, or you can create contrast between the text and background, the better 7. Choosing fonts: when it comes to choosing folds. Usually the simpler the better as well. Eletrica, for example, is never a wrong choice. Like we see here. It will never lane for attention, nor it will make the text difficult to read. It will almost never compromised the layout concept. Offensive types, for example, are better used. Own strict concepts. 8. Simplicity: Finally, it's best to be straightforward and make. It's as simple as possible. Also, when it relates to your content, become size and, when it's possible, replace pictures, even some topics for icons. The idea. Then we be faster and easier, recognizable and divine did lay out between difference sessions like I did, and this is the final result. 9. Summing it up: So just a mirror up the topics and the tips that we've bean True, we spoke about the two options that you can create. If there's material like a trademark to start on, If there is not, what can you do back to grow the interest faults and make it a simple, best possible, and that's that.