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These layout suggestion and layout re-do's were done as a part of Course 1, Lesson 8A, on Visual Weight. I invite you to be brave and participate by senidng me a layout. It is how I learned to grow in skills, with others giving me suggestions.

Chose lighter papers as the photos are quite dark
Chose less textured papers as the stripes were distracting from the photos
Gave my photos a stroke border to draw attention to them
Made it bottom heavy

Think it's better but still it seems a bit off...

irst, I must say all your changes were fabulous and spot on choices on your part. The second one is certainly better than the first one. It is good to see you learning.
I'll do this the second one:

1. contrast - I can read the text well, so there is good contrast. Adding the light paper behind the photos and the darker border worked well because there is both some very light and some very dark shadows in your photos, so it enhances all areas of the photos.

2. size - photos certainly large enough for focal weight.

3. color - The grass in the photos is actually the only thing highly saturated in color, so that brings the eye to that top left photo first, then my eye goes to the larger photo on the right.

4. shape - not applicable.

5. texture - changing the patterns that were so busy certainly corrected this problem to a T.

6. isolation - not applicable.

7. value - not applicable.

8. balance - Nice job on making it bottom heavy. That made it certainly more pleasing to the eye.

If I were to make one change, it might be on grounding. It doesn't really feel as if it is not grounded, but if you wanted to help it even further, try not to "square up" everything. I tend to do that myself, even now! Go ahead and let the ribbons on the bottom cross over to touch the left and the right edges. It will give it depth as well as grounding it.


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