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3 Ways to Save a Dud Design

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

Words by Erin, Digital Design Media Manager

So a design didn’t go in the direction you’d hoped.  You pushed, you persevered but still, he fought to stay fugly.

Don’t give up and definitely DON’T drag him to the trash.

Your design just needs a little fairy dust. Transform him with one of these three spells and a flick of the magic (Wacom) wand.


Hide all the elements and pop them back onto the canvas one by one, in a different spot to the first time. By rearranging them into a new layout, you’ll shift your mindset and start fresh.


Is there an element that doesn’t fit the overall look and theme? Perhaps it doesn’t look as lovely in the context of the design as it did on the page. Simply remove it, save it for another design if you think you can use it elsewhere and repaint ones to replace them. If you’re not sure about any of them repaint your master or ‘hero’ flower alone. This flower is your saviour and lifts the look of the entire print.


If you’ve decided the whole thing is a mess, treat it like a texture. Cut it up into brand new shapes and create an abstract, collage-style design. This works particularly well with watercolour elements which give you that lovely variation of colour within the cutouts.


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