Reading between Layers. The ideal process of thinking beyond the box as a creative designer is to consider layers as series of overlapping histories or accumulated memories. In the other way, it is presented as a ghost within the tools of any design software. Before being conversant with any design software, like Adobe Collection or any other, the designer should play with colour pigment and shapes to get the definition of layering (see image below). Explore with the basis to understand layering in design composition. For example, shapes on shapes with varied colour pigment on the other- Blue on red; yellow on blue; red on green and so on. I once painted on newsprint with an industrial watercolour pigment with a deliberate intention that watercolour painting is visually sensitive and an oldest medium to re-define the reality of space. I relate the activities within every given space to accumulated memories, whether natural or human phenomenon. Hey! What is bubbling up in your mind? Let’s critically discuss layers in responds to a designing software installed on your computer. Adobe Photoshop?

What’s the difference between the physical world and the virtual space? The mind only bridges the two world. A graphic designer only translate the virtual space to suit clients needs. Reimagine an environment with its visual trait- posters tearing off from walls; patches of rusted roofing sheets attached to the broken parts of the shriveled wooden windows, often wrapped from its edges with a blue or black polythene sheet; patterns and layers of the rusting roofing sheets leak rain-drops on the wall surfaces to create intricate stains. A graphic designer creatively sees and manipulate what clients don’t see… [bringing what is not there into reality].

Before you choose a canvas in photoshop (Learn Adobe Photoshop), think of composing layers of objects, colours and ideas together to form a single design. Put all the principles of design at work: Contrast, Balance, Emphasis, Movement, White Space, Proportion, Hierarchy, Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern, Unity, and Variety.

“everything takes form, even infinity”


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