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Effective Composing Tips

Magazing layout composing is the art of arranging the images and texts
on a magazine page. The concept of a good composition is something that
is not only pleasant to the eye but also conveys the message of the text
and graphics effectively to the audience intended for. Based on the
principles of design, the following are some page composition tips for a
good composition.

To either align or arrange the graphic or text in a grid, lay out each
element on the page. You align them horizontally or vertically, along
the same edge or centered. You can just line them by reviewing but a
grid is very helpful especially for complex layouts. Remember that the
human perception requires a certain amount of order and consistency so
this tip is important.

Pick one visual connection, create a strong one. The simplest and most
powerful layouts use just one strong visual. But if you are using
multiple images, keep them connected by utilizing alignment and
proximity. Group the images so they can create a single visual unit, and
then align them similarly.

Maintain odd or even elements in a balance. Maintain the number of text
and graphic elements and arrange them symmetrically on the page to
achieve balance. A dynamic layout is created by odd numbers. Make use of
an odd number of visuals and an odd number of text columns (3 or 5).
You can also create a dynamic layout with an asymmetrical arrangement of
elements. Symmetrical balance or the use of even elements generally
produces a formal or more static layout. Using two or four columns or a
block of four pictures is a great example.

Associated to balance, the rule of thirds makes for a more pleasant
composition is possible if the arrangement of text and graphics can be
placed by following these guides:

– Make sure that important elements are spaced more evenly within either the horizontal or vertical thirds.

– The upper or lower third of the page should be where the concentration of important elements.

– After dividing the page into three parts horizontally and three parts
vertically, center the important elements on one of the points where
lines intersect.

The white space or empty space is just as important as the text and
graphics on the page. Even if a page is perfectly aligned and balanced
and falls within the rule of thirds, cramming too much on the page can
still ruin a composition. You should provide visual breathing room for
the page. The edges of the page and the edges of text and graphic
elements are best places for these white spaces. Doing this will make
sure that the white space doesn’t get trapped in the middle of the page
but increased paragraph, line and spacing of the letters can improve a
layout.

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