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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.

1. contrast - There is contrast on the text, but against the striped background, it is difficult to read. Having a simple white vellum underneath the text would help, or even just using solid color under text. The photos do pop okay against the darker paper.

2. size - the photos are large enough to have the visual weight.

3. color - it's my kit, so of course I like the colors.  However, the dark green of the shamrock is only in two places. For a good visual triangle, having each color in at least three places is best.

4. shape - not applicable.

5. texture - the stripes on the paper would be considered texture and having two patterns (stripe and plaid) next to each other without any solid color to give the eye a rest does not work well. Since it works best for reading, the center green should be changed to a solid color paper ...this could be a grungy shouldn't just be a solid color filled block, but filled with a nicely textured paper.

6. isolation - not applicable.

7. value - not applicable.

8. balance - your layout is almost too balanced. Move everything down on the page so there is a little more space at the top than the bottom. Also move the title to the bottom to bring the weight down. See the grounding video lesson also. Everything is floating here. Add a strip of paper somewhere underneath everything (lower for bottom weighted), but above the background paper, that touches the left and the right edges to ground everything.

Also, your drop shadows on the photos are much too high for realism. You have no drop shadow on the center green paper.

I love this idea of six generations though! It's a great heritage challenge idea ... I'm looking through them for family features in the face!


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