Creating cutting edge graphics is an admirable goal, but there will be times when you’re ready to work, but your muse seems to be on vacation. No matter how long you stare at a blank screen, an image and end goal won’t appear until creativity happens. The question is, how do you coax your own imagination into being productive? The answer could be one of these three simple suggestions.
- Use the community. Depending on the type of graphic creator software that you’re using, you may actually have access to a broad and fairly active community of tool developers, tutorials, and help whenever you run into a sticky situation with something that you’re trying to accomplish. If you aren’t already plugged into that community, now’s the time to do so. Adobe’s Photoshop Suite actually comes with in-program links to social groups dedicated to different areas of its creative software, but you’ll find that nearly every artistic showcase site will also have an area for tips, questions, and more. At the very least, you can find some great tutorials to achieve some of the famous image effects that you’ve seen in movie posters and popular marketing.
- Look at it from another angle. Mirroring your image, or making the colors “inversed,” can actually highlight issues with an image that you wouldn’t otherwise notice. Mirroring is often used by people who draw images out by hand on paper, but it’s still very useful for digital artists who want to avoid issues like clipped or deformed anatomy when working with human image subjects, or who just want to see how well the symmetry of a piece holds up. With inversion, you can also notice inconsistencies with borders and the boldness of certain colors on areas of your image. It’s not a perfect way to critique every image, but it can highlight important aspects that you would have otherwise neglected.
- Don’t be afraid to change things up. You will find that there are a lot of ways to become comfortable when creating anything, and that’s especially true of art. Even the way that you start an image from scratch may be the result of years of repetition. That can also lead to you ignoring potential avenues of creativity and new expression; because you’re glossing over the possibilities without realizing that they’re even there. Take the time to change up how you approach an image if you want to come up with something fresh. You never know when it could pay off in a big way.
You can also change up your daily routine, look for inspiration in unlikely areas, and work on another project before coming back to the one that gave you creative block. Whichever you decide, know that there are many different ways to approach any problem, and that includes graphic design and the need to create something fresh and original. As long as you’ve got a positive attitude, you’ll get there. Eventually.