Basic Tips For Designing Your Own Tattoo Tips

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Many people end up with bad looking tattoos that they are unhappy with. This is because they simply didn’t take the time to learn how to effectively create their own tattoo designs.

The first thing you need to do is choose a design you like. There are literally thousands of designs available online or in books at your local library. Do you really have to use one that you found in an online book? Most of them have already been used by someone else. This means that you are going to end up copying someone else’s design, which won’t look very professional at all.

Take A Sketch Or Photo Of The Design

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Next, you should take a sketch or photo of the design that you want to create. You can also use any type of photograph that you would like. Just make sure that you are using the appropriate file format for designing your tattoo on the computer. There are a lot of different formats available, so make sure that you get the correct one to prevent any problems later.

After you have taken your picture or sketch, it is time to go back into Photoshop and do some basic editing. You are going to need to adjust some colors if there are some that are a bit off. You can always change them later if you’re going to be creating another version of your design. Just make sure that you’re not changing things that will still be exactly the same as the original.

Adding Some More Creativity To It

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If you’re still not happy with your current tattoo, you should think about adding some more creativity to it. Do you have any special memories related to your military or army service? Adding these memories to your tattoo can make it a lot more personal and meaningful to you. You may even want to pass this design onto a friend or family member if you’re very sure that they will also be comfortable having a tattoo of this kind.

After you’ve done a bit of editing, you should then go back into Photoshop and add in your design. There are many tools that will allow you to customize your tattoo by adding different colors or shadows or even outlines. You may also want to add in some special symbols or words to make it meaningful. As you are doing all of this, remember to place your tattoo somewhere that is visible every day so that people can easily see it.

Creating A Personalized Tattoo

Creating a personalized tattoo doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be quite easy if you know what you’re going to do. The main thing that you should keep in mind when doing your own tattoo design is that you should never reveal your design to anyone else. 

If you are in a professional setting or think that your friends or colleagues need to see your tattoo, you can place it on a hidden area of your body such as under your shirt or arm. You never want anyone to see your design except for you!


Another one of the great tattoo design tips for beginners is to purchase a design from an online tattoo gallery. These galleries offer high quality designs for a fraction of the cost of a professional tattoo artist. Also, they allow you to create a tattoo design anywhere in the world. So, if you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to go to the tattoo parlor often, this is a great option for you!

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