This is a list of questions and answer people asked me on Deviantart. I decided to post it here 'cause maybe you'll find it somehow useful. I'll be adding more q&a's as I get them. You can ask whatever you want as well! But, take in mind that currently I'm not accepting tutorial requests for certain graphics.
1) How to pick fonts
2) How do you make colourings suit the graphic?
1) For subtle text, pick simple fonts. Times New Roman, Orator, Arial, Calibri, Trajan, Book Antiqua or anything alike are your best allies. Size must me small (depending the font, I vary between 6 and 8pt). Besides, I tend to vary the text options as fot the distance between letters and between text lines (200-300 for the first, 8-12pt for the second, depending sizes and each graphic).
For main text, I have no technique but following my instinct. The most important thing you must keep in mind is that the font you pick must fit the overall theme of the graphic. If it's a sad and dark graphic (with dark colouring and such), gothic fonts will be a good option. If the graphic is colourful, go for fantasy and cursive fonts. Check my gallery
to see examples!
2) I'm so random while making colourings. I tend to make them in pictures I find on WeHeartIt or Behance (model pictures, yep), I almost never create colourings (from zero) while graphic making. I just select psds of my own or from other artists and edit them conviniently. Even, I combine multiple psds to create certain effects.
I tend to use colourings that fit the overall theme of the graphic and the tones that are already on the images. For example, if my colour palette has green as protagonist, I'll pick a colouring that enhances it (for example, my "Far from the Edge" banner). I try not to oversaturate colours and, if that happens, I edit the main psd and/or the main images. And if there are many tones in the graphic, I pick a colouring that reduces them to a few (best example is my "Oh my talking bird" blend). I also love to use colourings that enhance two particular tones so the graphic has primary and secondary tones as main colours (like, blue-orange, green-orange, blue-red, violet-yellow, black-red, black-orange). Gradient maps & tone/saturation are really helpful in that case. Besides, I totally abuse the Vibrance tool!
In a sum up, the best advice I can give is picking colourings that will enhance tones of the images. If background is bluish, pick a bluish colouring. If background has warm tones, pick a warm colouring. And always (ALWAYS), keep a tone as the most predominant. That makes the graphic look more balanced and cohesive. And, if no colouring works, go black and white! That's what I do when no colouring fits the entire composition. To make it more interesting, I love using colour spots (mainly red spots). Textures and/or coloured text are the key to get a good look (and high contrast is a must as well!).