Introducing Templates: Say Goodbye to Off-Brand AI Designs

If you like designs that are always consistent, on brand, and scalable, you're going to love Templates. Here's all you need to know about this new feature.

If you're a designer or creative person, you've probably been in a scenario where you wanted multiple options for a design. That's because whether you're working for a client, collaborating with a team, or designing on your own, having variations of an idea can be the key to giving general direction or finishing up a project.

In other words, variety is the spice of life and design, which is one of the reasons that Musho can be such a handy tool for any creative. Musho's powerful AI can create landing pages, social media posts, or other designs with different combinations of fonts, styles, and layouts to choose from. In seconds, you have a buffet of creative ideas to choose from!

But while options are always lovely, you'll always need to narrow things down and work towards the final version of your design. To show you how Musho  can take you from the initial concepts to the final version of your design, let's imagine you're a designer working with a new skincare brand that only had a name and a logo when it came to you.

Creating design variations with Musho

With your new skincare client as an example, the first step could be to use Musho to generate various design concepts. You'd simply open Musho's Website or Experimental mode, input your prompt by describing your brand, and let it generate several different landing pages and social media post designs.

Here’s an idea of the prompt you could use for the Skincare brand:

Prompt: I need a home page design Tuara Skincare. The brand is dedicated to enhancing natural beauty with simplicity and elegance. Our products harness the gentle power of rose extracts and other natural ingredients to nourish, rejuvenate, and protect your skin. Keep the colors minimal. Avoid the color pink in the design
Musho UI for Templates

This initial phase is all about exploring possibilities and seeing what directions you can take for the project. You can generate numerous variations, each with different fonts, styles, and layouts.

Refining designs with Brands

Now, let’s imagine that we chose a creative direction the skincare brand. At this point, you can use Brands to start refining the designs. In the most basic of terms, the Brands feature let’s you generate designs that align perfectly with your specified colors, fonts, and descriptions.

To set it up, you can open up the Brands section in Musho and create a new one (in this case, your skincare client). You should add the name, a detailed description, color and fonts.

After setting up the brand, you can use different modes in Musho to generate specific types of content. For example:

  1. Website Mode: This mode helps you design complete website layouts, one page at a time. By describing the type of website pages needed, such as a homepage, product page, or contact page, Musho generates designs consistent with the brand's colors, fonts, and messaging. This ensures that every page reflects the brand's identity.
  2. Social Media Mode: In this mode, you can create social media posts, ads, and other graphics tailored to various platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Just describe what the social media content should convey, and Musho will design posts that match the brand's style. This is perfect for maintaining a cohesive look across all social media channels.
  3. Experimental Mode: This mode is great for more creative designs. It is not tied to a specific format like website or social media and allows you to experiment with new ideas while still sticking to the brand guidelines. You can generate unique layouts and styles that could be used for special campaigns or one-off projects.

Using these modes, you can produce a wide range of branded content that stays consistent, making sure every piece aligns with the client's vision and identity. The key here is that these modes design for you, creating layouts based on your prompts and ensuring everything stays on-brand.

An example of Musho creating a contact support page.

Locking in designs with Template Mode

After nailing down a couple of designs that you really likes, we would move on to saving them as templates to streamline the creative process.

To use templates in Musho, start by selecting the frames you want to use as templates in Figma. Next, you need to make sure that all layers include --lummi at the end. This step ensures that you’ll have visuals from Lummi library instead of designs with blank images.

After naming the image layers, open up your Brand and click “Add” to upload your templates into Musho. After uploading, make sure each template has a title and description. This description will influence the final output, so try to be as detailed as possible.

Here’s an example of the description you can use:

Template Title: “Product Release Email”
Description: Use this template to design announcement emails for our most recent product launches. Ensure that the tone is friendly but direct. Don’t forget to have add a clear CTA inviting users to try it out”.

Next, to use your templates, go to the main screen in Musho and select "Template Mode" from the dropdown in the left corner. Then, add a prompt for what you want to design. If Musho can't automatically detect which template to use, it will give you options to choose from before generating.

And there you have it! Musho is now using your templates to design, ensuring that every piece aligns with your creative vision.

Designs made with Templates.

In short, here’s a quick list of how Templates can help you with your designs and projects:

  • Scalability: As your design needs grow, templates allow you to quickly scale up your production
  • Consistency: Templates ensure that your designs maintain a consistent look and feel across different projects and platforms. This is crucial for building a strong brand identity.
  • Reusability: Once you’ve created a template, you can reuse it for multiple projects, saving time and effort.

Bringing it all together

By using Musho’s design capabilities, Brand settings, and Template Mode, we took our hypothetical skincare brand from initial concept to a series of final, polished designs. This approach allowed us to explore a wide range of creative possibilities while also narrowing in on a consistent, brand-aligned visual identity.

So, whether you're starting with just a name and a logo or refining an established brand, Musho can help you streamline your design process and deliver high-quality results.

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