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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 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 design, branding 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.
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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 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
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