Learn about panning which keeps your arrangement interesting, hence keeping the mix fresh from start to finish in terms of clarity and focus. Most importantly the mix should be attractive as well as unique, people should have a reason to keep listening to it again and again. Panning some harmonies opens things up in a mix and nothing crazy needs to be done with automation plug-ins.
Chorus is the most important part of any mix or arrangement. As a mixer one would do everything to make his mix pop. A mix sounds attractive when one arranges panning, moves tracks from right to left to centre by zeroing on a verse and thus making it mono. The way to achieve this is to make the chorus sound wider than the verse.
Amazing mixes can be made using the “Panning pockets” tip. While doing LCR panning, open up some pockets of space to squeeze in percussion and delay sounds. In a modern DAW or mixing console you could pan anywhere in between. Panning pockets in the mixes work quite well. This not only gives a wide and clear mix with plenty of separation, it also opens up some pockets in between the 3 panning points for some final supplemental tracks.