There are so many reasons a layout might feel off.
A common one is that the color is not balanced across the page.
Any time you add an item to your page, you need to repeat that color in a couple different ways:
- across the page
- up-and-down the layers
How do you do that?
Well, let’s say you have aqua on the side of your page. You need to add aqua somewhere across the page at least once, though often twice. And if you add multiple layers of other colors on top of the aqua, then your aqua is in that bottom layer and you’ll need to add more aqua somewhere in a top layer.
If the various colors aren’t spread out in multiple places, then items look random and call way too much attention to themselves. When you find yourself continuously drawn to an item and you feel the slightest hint of discomfort, then you know that the item isn’t fitting in with the rest of the page in a balanced way.
Want to see how it all works in action? Want to see how to tell when it’s all balanced, and when it’s not?
I made a single page layout and a two-page layout step-by-step in a video. You’ll get to see how color can get off-balance and then balanced again with every additional item. You’ll see ways to fix a color balance problem. You’ll see the difference between getting it and not getting it, and you’ll be better able to spot the problems next time.
This video is now in the Member’s Area and in the Member’s iTunes feed.
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