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As with 3D design, there should be similarities in forms, visual scale, colours, patterns, lines and tones for an harmonious result. However, as perfect harmony can be monotonous, it is important to add accents for the work to be interesting and arouse interest. This page explores the potential of graphic compositions:

| Groups | Repetition | Alternate | Radiation |

Groups

Groups of objects/images can be easily understood and often tell a story. To group different objects or images next to each other links them together and they can support each other without the final result becoming messy.

Variations in height, width, and depth are good and groups can, for example, be either horizontal or vertical with an accent at an angle for a more dynamic result. Don’t use too many accents or it becomes messy.
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Repetition

A simple though powerful method. Groups of identical objects/image, or one object/image, are repeated in a straight, curved or diagonal line.
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Alternate

Two or more lines of repetition, each different, are used one after the other. Although similar to the concept of repetition, this method doesn’t always have as much impact.
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Radiation

Simple and very useful, this method can be compared to the surface of the sun, with rays radiating from the centre. The central area becomes the focal point and the rays the lines of sight. The effect can be symmetrical or asymmetrical, the later being often more interesting.
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