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Graphic Design Bootcamp for Beginners - Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

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Overview

Welcome to the Graphic Design Bootcamp! 

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This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a graphic designer, and especially geared towards beginners. When you enroll in this course, you will have access to over 15 hours of on-demand content, as well as the opportunity to join a private Facebook group with over 16,000 members.

I move quickly through the content, since many students enjoy a quick learning pace. Do you prefer a more laid-back pace? Many students find that re-watching lectures or pausing the lectures during key learning points is a helpful way to digest the information.

I also make use of shortcuts – something that all great designers learn how to do to increase their productivity and maximize their workflow – so once you enroll, be sure to download the course shortcut hotsheet: a PDF listing many of the most-used shortcut codes so that you can follow along easily and get ahead quickly.

In this course I'll also show you how to make some of the most popular projects in the industry, like:

  • Custom logos
  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Web graphics
  • and more.

What Students Are Saying About This Course:

  • "I have used Adobe CC for a few years now, but everything I've learned I've learned from doing. While some of this has been basic as I'm already familiar with the tools, there are tricks and advice that I would have never known that make life MUCH easier (the "content-aware" fill is a game changer) and I really enjoy the pacing and manner in which he explains the tools, techniques and theory!" - Nikki Tetreault
  • "This course is good. The tutor is really nice and clear (US accent is alien to me so I sometimes find it difficult to understand - the tutor here is great, doesn't speak too fast & is clear, without too many colloquialisms). Enjoying the classes. Feel prepared enough for the purpose I took the course. Would definitely recommend and also do other courses by this tutor" - Alvira Kiss
  • "I started this course with little experience and thankfully I have learnt a lot throughout this course. I can't wait to learn more about this industry and make my mark on the world and it's all thanks to this course which has kickstarted my journey!" - Charles Vaughn
  • "So far it's been great. I'm a student that struggles largely in traditional school settings, the ability to pause, take notes, rewind, and move back and forth as I need has been great. The instructor has been clear and precise, and has given plenty to think about as we're creating files." - Samantha Finn
  • "For a guy whove been working with photoshop for nearly 10 years Im still learning from this course." - Aryne Neil Cabatan

What to Expect:

We will be using Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; the industry-standard applications for graphic design. I'll also review relevant terms and design practices to help you create pixel-perfect projects for print and web, with the goal to get you up and running as soon as possible so you can start your new and exciting career as a graphic designer.

If you aren't looking to learn design for a job, don't worry - this is a great course for you too! Many of my students are moms looking to make fun cards or invitations, or students looking to spice up their resumes and social media graphics, and teachers looking to add some creative elements to their homework materials - the list goes on and on. Design is for everyone! And this course is, too!

There is also a private Facebook group with over 16,000 students and counting, which is an awesome resource for you to take advantage of while you go through the course. The group is an excellent place to post projects, get insightful critiques, and network with other like-minded students and working professionals all over the world.

All project files are included as a free download, and you are welcome to use the files however you want, or simply to follow along with the projects as you move through the lessons.

As mentioned before, I cover a lot of program shortcuts in this course as well!

For the most part, all of the principles you will learn in this course transcend the tools you actually use - There are students using Adobe versions from CS3 up to CC 2020, and there are even students using apps like Sketch and Pixelmator to make some of the projects in this course. However, you will have the best experience using the latest versions of the software and I do my best to keep the lessons updated when Adobe updates the software. 

If you see anything in any of the lectures that no longer apply with the software update, please let me know! I’m doing my best to keep this course up to date and continue to add value for you.

Instructor Qualifications and Background:

Derrick has spent his entire career in the creative arts and marketing sector. Starting back as early as high school where he turned homework into paying gigs, his love for all things art and technology driven has continued to grow. Working with brands such as MTV, Nintendo, and Netflix while employed as an intern for Seven 2 Interactive catapulted his career. His branding work and graphic design has been included in international publications for the design industry and regularly featured on trending websites.

Derrick is the owner of a small design agency, Mitchell's Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop, located in the heart of downtown Kalispell, Montana. Mitchell's Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana.

Syllabus

  • Welcome to the course!
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Setting up your shortcuts to open apps
  • Create a Poster: Introduction and setup
  • Gathering assets for your poster
  • Making selections in Photoshop
  • UPDATED: Refine edge selections
  • Refine edge selections
  • New selection masking tool
  • Text
  • Layout
  • Additional looks
  • Exporting
  • Photoshop compositing introduction
  • Photoshop compositing assets
  • Photoshop compositing selections
  • Photoshop compositing color levels
  • Photoshop compositing pushing further
  • Photoshop compositing exporting
  • Typography introduction
  • Working With Text: Type Tools, Adobe Typekit, and Creating Outlines
  • Working with Shapes, Color & Graphics
  • Artboards and Creating Additional Designs
  • Exporting Your Files
  • Logo design introduction
  • Research and Gathering Ideas
  • Creating a Moodboard
  • Bring in Your Text and Picking Fonts
  • Basic Tool Overview
  • Creating Your First Looks
  • Refining Ideas
  • Designing Your Presentation For Your Clients
  • Exporting and Sending Comps to Clients
  • Finalize Your Logo, Part 1: Refining Color and Creating a "Details" Page
  • Finalize Your Logo, Part 2: Artboard Setup for Quick Export and File Management
  • Finalize Your Logo, Part 3: Batch Export Files and Professional Client Delivery
  • Introduction: Create a Magazine Ad
  • Setting Up the Magazine Ad File
  • Gathering Assets and How to Scrape Photos
  • Getting Things in Place
  • Magazine Ad Design Continued...
  • Bullet Lists and Font Awesome Icons
  • Further Refinement, Adding Photos, and Masking with Shapes
  • Export the Final Ad for Press & Reviewing Design Decisions
  • How to Package Editable Photoshop Files to Share With Someone Else
  • InDesign ebook intro
  • Placing Assets and Basic Layout
  • Finalize the Design, Exporting, and Packaging Final Files
  • Custom Brochure Introduction
  • Custom Brochure: Beginning With the End in Mind
  • Custom Brochure File Setup
  • Custom Brochure Outside Layout: Part 1
  • Custom Brochure Outside Layout: Part 2
  • Custom Brochure Inside Layout
  • Exporting Final Files, Part 1: Generic Export
  • Exporting Final Files, Part 2: Adding Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Indesign
  • Exporting Final Files, Part 3: Add Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Illustrator
  • Business Card Introduction
  • Business Card Design
  • Exporting Final Files and Custom Finishes
  • Build Your Portfolio: Introduction to Behance.net and myportfolio.com
  • Features Overview of Behance.net and myportfolio.com
  • Export From Adobe CC Directly to Behance.net and myportfolio.com
  • Create a Custom Cover and Full-Width Portfolio Image for Behance

Taught by

Derrick Mitchell

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