When you work on a project for an extended period, the file can become cluttered and difficult to navigate. To avoid getting lost in your file or having to spend a lot of time searching for files when you need them, it’s a good idea to add useful metadata and organize your project. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still create something fabulous along the way! It is possible to decorate your project pages in a way that reflects your style while also making them easy to navigate. The process takes some time, but the benefits are worth it. Keep reading to learn more about how to decorate project file pages so they suit your style and save time in the future.
Create a Colour Palette
Before you start decorating, you’ll want to create a colour palette for your file. The most efficient way to do this is by using colour palettes in design software. This will allow you to easily switch out colours in your designs as you create your file. You could also use a colour wheel or paint samples to create a palette if you don’t have access to design software. A colour palette helps keep your colour choices consistent throughout your file and communicate your brand. If you work with multiple people on different projects, creating a colour palette will help everyone be consistent with your brand. If you want to learn more about creating a colour palette, check out our article on the topic.
Document Your Brand and Colours
Once you have a palette of colours to work with, you’ll want to document your brand and colours. Start with your logo and colours. If you don’t have a logo, use one of your brand colours as a temporary logo. Document your brand colours with hex values, RGB values, and CMYK colour values. If you have other assets like fonts or colour palettes, create a document for them as well. You could even create a mood board or inspiration board for your file to gather ideas for design elements. You can always delete it after the project has ended. This information will come in handy as you navigate your file and help you avoid using colours that clash with your brand. It will also help you communicate your brand to others in the future.
Decide on a Typography Scheme
Now that you’ve created a colour palette, you can decide on a typography scheme. If your project doesn’t need strict attention to detail, you could use a single typeface throughout the file. However, if you’re working on something with a high level of detail, such as a report, it’s best to create a typography scheme. A typography scheme is essentially a list of fonts that you use in a specific order. Start by choosing a primary font and a secondary font. Add any variations, such as bold, italic, or condensed, as you progress through the file. A typography scheme helps you keep your design consistent. It allows you to change the look of your file without having to change the font used throughout. If you’d like to learn more about typography schemes, check out our article on the topic. You can also learn about branding with typography.
Decide on a Design Element That Changes From Page to Page
While you’re deciding on a font scheme, you might also decide on a design element that changes from page to page. There are a lot of different ways to do this, but the easiest is to add a watermark to your file. A watermark is an overlay on top of your pages that communicates your brand or name. Use a watermark to brand your file. This will help you avoid having to constantly add branding elements on each page. Plus, it can look cool! You could use the name of your company, a logo, your name, or a tagline. Watermarks come in many shapes and sizes, so you can choose one that fits your file.
Plan Out Any Design Elements That Change From Page to Page
Now that you know what your primary font is and what watermark you’d like to use, you can decide on design elements that change from page to page. This can be anything from colour palettes to images to charts and graphs. These design elements don’t have to be complicated or have a lot of detail. You just want them to be consistent enough that they don’t take away from your primary font or watermark. You’ll also want to avoid putting too many on one page.
Add Important Information
Now that you’ve planned out your design elements, you can add important information to each page. This can include things like your name, the project title, or the dates that the file was last edited or updated. You can add this information to your pages in two ways. You could either create a layer above your entire project and add your information there. Or you could create a text layer on each page, above the design elements, where you add your information. A layer above the project will allow you to apply a filter to the entire project and change the information on all pages at once. A text layer on each page is great for things like the project title, which might change from page to page. You could also add information like the author, client name, or due date. You could also add a project description or information about the project.
Tips for Creating Great-Looking Pages
Now that you know how to create project colour palettes, decide on a typography scheme, and decide on design elements that change from page to page, you can begin decorating your pages. Here are some tips for creating great-looking pages: – Keep your project organised. This will allow you to navigate easily and quickly to find the information you need. You could either organise by date or subject. – Create a project file that reflects your brand. This will help you stand out from other designers and communicate your brand to clients. – Use tools like Colour Lovers and creative Commons to gather ideas. You could also use project samples from other designers as inspiration. – Use high-quality images, even if they are from Creative Commons. The effort you put into finding the right images will show in your file. – Make sure your colours don’t clash with your brand. You can either create an image with a colour overlay to see if your colours work together or you can use a colour wheel to check for colour clashes. – Playing around with design elements and fonts is the best way to decide what works best for your file.
Decorating project files is a great way to express your style and make your files easy to navigate. Start by creating a colour palette and documenting your brand and colours. Next, decide on a typography scheme, and decide on design elements that change from page to page. Add important information to each page, and use these tips to create great-looking pages. This will help you create files that are both efficient and stylish.