I haven’t been making a lot of graphics tutorials for very long, just this year, although I’ve started making photo-editing tutorials using Photoshop several years ago. One of those posts is among my most viewed so I thought why not make some more? hehe. The thing is, not everyone has Photoshop or has the patience to learn it. Hence, my tool of choice for tutorials: Canva. I am, however, planning on making more Photoshop tutorials next year, so stay tuned if that’s more your cup of tea.
From the few months of making graphics tutorials, there are a few things that I’ve learned and realized. One of those things is how I best deal with a creative block.
While creating tutorials should be a linear process, working on a design is not. While I was still in architecture school, it has been discussed that since architecture is part science – part art, getting to a design solution isn’t as easy as 1+1=2. There are several ways to get to a solution, and that’s what makes it beautiful. You can put your own spin on things, inject your personality and preferences, and although you and the person next to you made the correct solution to the problem, your presentations could be as different as night and day.
But the problem with this is you have to find your way toward the solution. Sometimes by trial and error. Sometimes by getting inspiration from others and applying that into your design. And all the while also realizing that it’s still not coming together.
It’s okay to scrap it
Isn’t it annoying when you’ve spent several hours creating your design and you still are not happy with the result? Or you’ve found the one image you love but the text isn’t legible whatever you do?
You know what you should do? Scrap it. Delete your fave image, or just delete everything. Get some shut-eye or do something relaxing before taking on the task again. I swear, starting from scratch is easier because it gets the creative juices flowing again, compared to continuing a design you’ve struggled with and explored most solutions on. By continuing a design you’re stuck on, you’ll only pick up the frustrations from where you left off.
If there’s one element I’d change…
I know what it feels like to be drawn to the same colors and aesthetic. This is usually the cause why I get so stuck sometimes, by choosing the same things again and again. So I make sure to pick something different. The background image for example plays a big role in my graphics so even by changing only that, I change up the entire look. I end up picking new colors and style for fonts.