1. Participate. A great way to expose your art is through a group contest or the Polyvore contest.
2. Be original. Other people’s sets provide great inspiration for layouts and color schemes. However, distinctive style and persistence in design are what will make you unique.
3. Engage with Polyvore users. Comment on the sets rather than just clicking “like.”
4. Learn graphic design basics. This includes the typography essentials and color selections. You can learn more about these by watching YouTube videos. In the embellishment category, the “Colors” tool has very popular and interesting palettes to make your set visually appealing.
5. Keep it simple. Avoid using too many details. For example, don’t incorporate an inordinate amount of colors. Simplicity is the key. Once the set is ready, play with it. Simplify by removing unnecessary layers or details.
6. Use personal messages or quotes. This is a wonderful way to connect with other members.
7. Challenge yourself. Rather than styling an already popular item, create an incredible set from a simple, unknown product.
8. Use hashtags related to your set when publishing.
9. Search for trends, top sets for inspiration and ideas. You will find these by clicking on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner.
10. Create your personal template. A personalized template will ensure format consistency and highlight your profile, along with your art.
11. Understand community. Once you have followers, it is important to understand and embrace the concept of sharing and giving in this digital world. Create albums. Group other people’s work and promote their art. Share their sets on social media channels, such as Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, etc. Don’t forget to mention the artist’s username and offer a link back to his or her work.
12. Practice, practice, practice. You can become an expert in anything if you genuinely enjoy it and continually practice. You don’t have to be innately gifted. All you need is passion. Good luck!
Please, share any other tips you’ve discovered in using Polyvore.