Graphic Design Masterclass – Learn GREAT Design (Beginner)

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Graphic Design Master Class – Learn GREAT Design


Do you want to learn all the skills and techniques you need to create incredible designs?


Do you want to know the process of creating logos and branding packages?


Are you intimidated by learning photoshop, illustrator, or InDesign and want to learn through practical real-world projects? Than This class will be for you!


We will extensively review Typography, color theory, layout, and composition, how to use photos in design, photo manipulations, and editing, and magazine layout designbranding, and logo design just to name a few.


We also learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign and do projects with real-world applications. Every designer needs to know and master these programs and this course makes sure you know the essential tools to power through amazing projects.


In Adobe Photoshop, we will review photo editing and manipulation techniques like how to cut objects out, duotones, change color on objects, and the liquify tool and we will create a compelling YouTube thumbnail with our newly learned photoshop skills as well as an entire book cover design project.


In Adobe Illustrator, we will master the pen tool by hand tracing simple and complex shapes. We will explore the power of the shape builder tool and At the end of this section, we will design a complete logo design. There is an entirely new introduction and tools section that has been added where we work through a 7-page vector tracing worksheet and in the end, create a complex vector illustration using our newly learned illustrator vector tools. Lastly, we will put together an event flyer to practice our layout skills, and even work through the branding process and create a logo, business card, and letterhead for a business.


We will create a magazine layout in InDesign and learn the master pages tool to drastically speed up your design workflow when working with multiple paged layouts.


We will talk about branding basics, what makes a good logo? How do you extend your logo or brand to other marketing materials? 


I designed this extensive course to be gentle enough for newcomers to design but detailed enough for everyone to get a TON out of this course.


New Mini-Course Added!
Discover Your Design Niche! 


Do you want to find out what design niche you should concentrate on? This is an exploratory mini-class added to the Graphic Design Masterclass course on Udemy (Section 15) that helps you find your next focus and explore many wonderful options for budding and established designers.


We are going to review some main core design categories and talk about what types of projects you will do and also what you will need to learn to leap into those design niches.


There are always more niches to discover but we will focus on the following in this mini-class:


Logo Design
Print & Editorial Design
Pattern Design and Illustration
Package Design
Branding Design
UX/UI Design
Social Media/Digital Graphic Designer


By the end of this class, you will have a solid grasp of what each design niche entails. You will have confidence in choosing your top three focal niches to kickstart or enhance your design offerings and know what to learn next.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Have a deep understanding of typography, color theory, photos, layout, blocking, and other design theories and skills
  • Understand and learn the essential tools and capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Create logos and branding packages for potential clients
  • Learn photo editing and manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • Master the pen tool, shape builder tool, and other essential vector design tools in Adobe Illustrator.
  • How to create editorial spreads and magazine layouts using Adobe InDesign
  • Understand solid logo design and ad design principles to create compelling campaigns and logos
  • Work through the entire package design process
  • Learn non-destructive editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop
  • Work through an event flyer design to understand strong type hierarchy, balance, and overall design layout
  • Learn a few of the upcoming design trends for 2022 and how to create them!
  • Learn the history of fonts and typefaces and how to pair fonts
  • Learn the basics of Affinity Designer and learn the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer
  • Work through a 7-page vector tracing worksheet and feel confident creating a complex vector illustration by the end of this worksheet

Course Content

Important! The Course Guide and Downloadable .Zip Files

Graphic Design Theory

Adobe Photoshop – Very Basics

Adobe Photoshop – Introduction to Photo Editing

How to Encourage and Spark Creativity

Photoshop Intermediate Tools

Photoshop Editing and Manipulation – Intermediate Skills

Photoshop Projects – Double Exposure Effect

Photoshop Projects – YouTube Thumbnail

Photoshop Projects – Book Cover Design

Working with Photoshop Mockups

Adobe Illustration Introduction and Basic Tools

Logo Design and Branding Theory

Logo Design and Branding Projects

Logo Design Student Challenge

Project – Poster Design

Adobe InDesign – Let’s Learn the Software!

InDesign Project – Create a Cookbook

EXTRA! InDesign Portfolio Building Template

What’s Next! Level Up Your Skills

Certification of Completion

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