You can spot all types of infographics across the Internet; some are quite intricate in their design so I wanted to be certain that I had some nifty-looking design elements for my infographic project.
I’m pretty proficient with Photoshop, but there’s room for improvement. I don’t think any designer is 100% satisfied with their graphic work.
With that said, there are a few graphic pieces I would like to make, but I do need instructions to get them completed so I went looking for inspiration.
Such was the case with this latest notebook graphic I stumbled across while searching for various Photoshop tutorials. I instantly felt as if it would make a great addition to my product bonus package and set out to see if I could design one.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve followed a set of instructions only to get so far and then get stuck because the rest of the directions didn’t make sense. LOL
This is a notebook icon I finished, following a design by Kim Chen, which I don’t think turned out half bad. What do you think? Does it look pretty good to you?
Although I liked her design, I didn’t follow Kim’s lesson to the letter. There were certain aspects of the design that I changed to suit my taste such as the brass rings, tab sizes, and paper size.
She suggested using this wooden texture background, but instead of downloading it, I decide to create one of my own with different wood filters.
Permission to Use
Naturally, I’ll get Kim’s permission before I add this icon to my graphic elements folder. I’ve already sent her a request to look at my final outcome and to see if I’m allowed to include it as part of my bonus package.
Some would argue this graphic is my property since I created it with Photoshop and while I did make it, I also followed Kim’s design tutorial so I always ask for permission to reuse.
I am pleased with the result, even though it took over an hour to finish it. I kept getting sidetracked and/or interrupted so it took longer than expected to get it completed.
The real treat is gaining new ideas for future projects. By changing the white paper to subtle gray boxes, separated by black lines, I could easily turn this simple notebook into an awesome day planner!
What if I changed the white paper to drafting paper? Perhaps a recipe card-type page? Maybe a telephone directory or address book, too? Oh my, imagine the possibilities! 🙂
That’s the beauty of dabbling with graphic designs. I started by wanting to create a notebook graphic for infographic projects and not only do I walk away with one, but I gained additional ideas to use in the future. Perfect!
Your turn! Do you have the patience to follow a graphic design tutorial? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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