7 Mistakes a Lot of Beginners in Graphic Design Do


Are you a beginner graphic designer?

You might think that everything has been sailing smoothly so far, but perhaps you have been doing some of these graphic design mistakes.


Let's check out this list of them to know if you have done it as well in your past projects.


1. Do not use Comic Sans

Well, this is most likely a well-known fact. But perhaps a number of new graphic designers out there still think Comic Sans is a good type of font that can be used for their projects. Comic Sans is a font that needs to be avoided at all costs.


2. Not using a bleed area

The Bleed area is a crucial part of a design to make sure the consistency of the design and the printing outcome. Without the bleed area, you might think that the design is already good because it does look perfect on the screen, but once it goes to print, the output is not as accurate as you hoped it to be. Most likely, some parts of the design will get cut off, and you will have to redo it again.


3. Not using a proper file name

We all know that many graphic designers work in a haste because of the client's pressure. However, naming your files "ksdskhf" will only make your work difficult. Instead, always remember to properly name your files, use numbers to tell the version, and folder them right so that your workflow is much easier and organized.


4. Not using high-quality images

You have to always work with images that are at least 300 dpi. Pixelated images will never do you good, and they look especially awful after printing. You also should not try to manipulate it with Photoshop, because sometimes it is not that polished and disguised after all. So, just find or request a higher-quality image if you do not have the right resources.


5. Skipping proofreading

Not sparing your time to proofread after a design is a mistake that many graphic designers do. Some leave the job to spell checker, however, this can be bad. After all, there are still many things that are missed or overlooked by the spell checker and can only be noticed by our very own eyes. So, take your time and proofread, always.


6. Inserting too much text

Fitting a heap of text into one line is a no-go. This will only make the design look stuffy and cramped. Of course, this is difficult to read and makes people leave it instead.


7. Using RGB to Print

Printers use CMYK colours. While many programs or software for design use RGB as default, you need to always remember to change it to CMYK especially before printing. That way, you can ensure accurate colour replication in the final outcome.


So, those are 7 common mistakes that many graphic designers do. Are you guilty of one or two of the listed things? Now that you have learned that they are wrong, take a mental note to never do it again for better graphic design results.