Breaking the grid


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Breaking the grid

I've spoken already about the usefulness of designing with a Layout grid. While using a grid makes it easier to create layouts that are ordered, and consistent. A rigid adherence to that grid can sometimes result in a design that looks too boxy. For that reason it's good to sometimes break the grid. Here are a few simple ways to do so. Overlapping images can create a fun, informal look, as if the photos were just tossed down on a desktop. The trick is to make their placement look random, but of course in reality it is anything but.

And it can take some time to make sure that certain parts of images are concealed, while the essential parts remain visible. If you have a group of images rotating just a single member of that group is an easy way to create visual interest and tension. Then there are the cutouts and pop outs that we see so often in magazine design. A cutout is where the whole image is isolated from it's background. A popout is where just a portion of...

Breaking the grid
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Breaking the grid provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Designing a Photo Book

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