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Introduction to Graphic Design

Canva via OpenLearning

Overview

Want to design beautiful graphics? Do you have a range of social media accounts, your own blog or a workplace presentation that you need to design images for?

Canva is a free, online graphic design platform that makes creating beautiful images a breeze! Design effective social media posts, blog graphics, presentations, posters, flyers or create your own custom dimension design.


This course will teach foundational graphic design principles (fonts, colors, images, backgrounds, and layouts) and how to apply them to your own Canva designs.

By the end of this course, you will have the skills you need to create stunning graphics that stand out from the crowd!

Syllabus

Module 1: The Introduction to Canva

Welcome to Canva! Take a tour

 

Module 2: Fonts, Colors, and Images

Type terminology; creating a font palette; typographic techniques

Introduction to the color wheel; creating a color palette

How to use grids; transparency; photo filters

 

Module 3: Backgrounds, Layouts, and Shapes

How to create beautiful backgrounds; using images as backgrounds

White space; using transparency; presentation design

How to use shapes in your design to create infographics or add visual interest

 

Module 4: Wrap Up

Tying it all together!

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