Pixel This -- Principles of Balance

Symmetrical or Formal

Balance through likeness; identical visual elements arranged evenly; left to right in mirrored positions on either side of a central vertical axis

Asymmetrical or Informal

Balance through contrast; dissimilar elements of equal visual weight or eye attraction balanced through contrast by position, different shapes, values, colors, textures, etc.

Radial Balance

All elements radiate out from a common central point creating an obvious focal point.

Crystallographic Balance

Equal emphasis over the entire area; the same visual weight or eye attraction everywhere.