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Graphic Design Masterclass: Learn GREAT Design

via Skillshare


NOTE: To download the course files and resources go to the Projects Tab (next to the community tab) in this course and take a look to the lower right, for a downloadable series of zip files. 

This course is updated frequently with new lessons, projects and resources!

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 all there is to know about Design Theory?

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! Perfect for beginners to Graphic Design. 

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, changing color on objects, 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 In 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 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 new comers to design but detailed enough for everyone to get a TON out of this course.

New Mini-Course Added! (April 2019)
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.


  • Course Preview
  • IMPORTANT! The Course Guide & Resources
  • Join The Student Facebook Group!
  • Design Theory - The Anatomy of Typography
  • Design Theory -Type Styles
  • Design Theory - Serif Fonts
  • Design Theory - Sans-Serif Fonts
  • Design Theory - Using Type in Layout and Design
  • Design Theory - Font Pairing
  • Design Theory - INTERMISSION
  • Design Theory - Working With Typography
  • Design Theory - Large Blocks Of Text
  • Design Theory - Color Wheel & Harmony
  • Design Theory - The Psychology of Color
  • Design Theory - Photos and Design
  • Design Theory - Layout & Blocking
  • Design Theory - Layout & Design
  • Design Theory -Effective Layouts
  • Design Theory - Intro to Grids
  • Design Theory - Guide to Grids
  • Design Theory - Design Themes
  • Design Theory - Let Get Technical
  • Design Theory - Small Details Matter
  • INTRO to the Adobe Creative Cloud!
  • Adobe Photoshop - Basic Setup
  • Adobe Photoshop - Student Worksheet - part 1
  • Adobe Photoshop - Student Worksheet - part 2
  • Adobe Photoshop - Student Worksheet - part 3
  • Adobe Photoshop - Photo Basics - Frames
  • Basics - The Brush Tool
  • Adobe Photoshop - Practice Project
  • Practice Project Part 2
  • Extra Lesson: Smart Objects
  • Photo Editing Introduction
  • Hourglass Project 1
  • Hourglass Project 2
  • Hourglass Project 1 3
  • Plant Photo Project
  • Piano Photo Project
  • Gradient Maps
  • Gradient Maps 2
  • Gradient Maps 3
  • Gradient Maps - Final Project
  • Photo Editing STUDENT PROJECTS
  • NEW! How to Spark and Encourage Creativity
  • Photoshop - Duotone and Gradients
  • Photoshop - Cutting Out Objects
  • Photoshop - Cutting Out Objects - Part 2
  • Photoshop -Content Aware Tool
  • Photoshop - Layering Masks
  • Photoshop - Spot Healing Brush
  • Photoshop - Changing Hair Color
  • Photoshop - Changing Dress Color
  • Photoshop Manipulation Tools
  • Part 2
  • Neural Filter - Photoshop 2021
  • Photoshop - Non-Destructive Editing
  • Photoshop - Non-Destructive Editing - Part 2 - Updated
  • The Double Exposure Effect
  • NEW! Double Exposure - The Man and the Mountain Project
  • NEW! Double Exposure - The Cat Project
  • NEW! Select and Mask REVIEW
  • NEW! Double Exposure - The Girl and the Road Project
  • NEW! YouTube Thumbnail Section
  • Lesson 2 - Youtube Thumbnail
  • Lesson 3 - Youtube Thumbnail
  • Lesson 4 - Youtube Thumbnail
  • Lesson 5 - Youtube Thumbnail
  • Lesson 6 - Youtube Thumbnail
  • PROJECT! RomanceBookCover Lesson1 DiscoveringYourConcept
  • RomanceBookCover Lesson2 CoverIdea
  • RomanceBookCover Lesson3 PhotoEditing
  • RomanceBookCover Lesson4 Non DestructiveEditing
  • RomanceBookCover Lesson5 SpineBleedExporting
  • RomanceBookCover Lesson6 Exporting
  • Movie Poster - Student Project Challenge
  • How to Give And Receive Feedback
  • BONUS: How to work with Photoshop Mockups! Jacket Project
  • BONUS: How to work with Photoshop Mockups! Book Mockup
  • Illustrator - Introduction and Basic Setup
  • Illustrator - Basic Shapes
  • Illustrator - Complex Shapes - Updated
  • Illustrator - The Pen Tool
  • Illustrator - Pen Tool Practice
  • Illustrator - Pen Tool Practice part 2
  • Illustrator - Shape Builder Tool
  • Illustrator - Offset Path Tool
  • Illustrator - Offset Path with Text
  • PROJECT - Illustrator - Vector Illustration Project
  • Illustrator - Pixels and Grids
  • Logo Design Theory - The Characteristics Of Strong Logo Designs
  • Logo Design Theory - Logo Inspiration
  • Logo Design Theory - Mood Boards
  • Lesson1 LogoDesign Malluable ClientBrief
  • Lesson2 LogoDesign Malluable Wordmapping
  • Lesson3 LogoDesign Malluable BrainstorminginVector
  • Lesson4 LogoDesign Malluable pickingourconcepts
  • Lesson5 LogoDesign Malluable Typography
  • Lesson6 LogoDesign Malluable Typography part2
  • Lesson7 LogoDesign Malluable SymbolRefinement
  • Lesson8 LogoDesign Malluable orientations
  • Lesson9 LogoDesign Malluable Color
  • Lesson10 LogoDesign Malluable ColorExploration
  • Lesson11 LogoDesign Malluable BusinessCard part2
  • Lesson12 LogoDesign Malluable BusinessCard Exporting
  • Lesson13 LogoDesign Malluable Letterhead
  • Lesson14 ClientPresentationTemplate
  • STUDENT CHALLENGE - Option 1 - Personal Brand Challenge
  • STUDENT CHALLENGE - Option 2 - Logo for GYM
  • PROJECT: Poster Design
  • PROJECT: Poster Design part 2
  • PROJECT: Poster Design - the finishing touches
  • 5 Day Student Challenge
  • What's Next? The Intermediate Level Masterclass! Here on Skillshare!
  • InDesign Section - Editorial Design Theory
  • InDesign Section - Editorial Design Theory - Part 2
  • Lesson1 AdobeInDesign introduction
  • Lesson2 AdobeInDesign BasicSetup
  • Lesson3 AdobeInDesign BasicSetup part2
  • Lesson4 AdobeInDesign BasicSetup part3
  • Lesson5 AdobeInDesign ArtSchoolPoster
  • Lesson6 AdobeInDesign EditorialSpread
  • Lesson7 AdobeInDesign EdotiralSpread LargerBlocksofText
  • Lesson8 AdobeInDesign Editorialspread Photos
  • Lesson9 AdobeInDesign EditorialSpread Final
  • Lesson10 AdobeInDesign ParagraphandCharacterStyles
  • Lesson11 AdobeInDesign TextWrap
  • Lesson12 AdobeIndDesign TextWrap part2
  • Lesson13 Cookbook Setup
  • Lesson14 Cookbook FrontCover
  • Lesson15 Cookbook WelcomePage
  • Lesson16 Coobook Texture
  • Lesson17 Cookbook RecipeSpread
  • Lesson18 Cookbook Masterpages
  • Lesson19 CookBook Exporting
  • Lesson20 CookBook InDesignPackages
  • Lesson21 AdobeInDesign ExtraLesson
  • BONUS! InDesign Portfolio Building Template!
  • Class Suggestion: Branding Masterclass for Graphic Designers

Taught by

Lindsay Marsh

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