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Master Graphic Design & Software with Practical Projects

via Skillshare


Do you like to learn by doing practical real-world projects? This project-based course is extensive, starting at beginner level and moving all the way to advanced level design projects. With over 10+ hours of video-based project learning this course was created to appeal to graphic design students of any level and can help expose students to all the most popular graphic design projects while learning software and design principles.

We master all aspects of design including theory, layout, color, exporting and preparing files for print, working with digital and print files and of course mastering the Adobe software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. 

We will walk through step by step the creation of: 

Badges and Seals

Logo Design

A Complete Package Design for a food project, including the front, back, labels and print preparation.

We cover Book cover design and we conquer three different types of book covers including a romance novel, a non-fiction book and an illustrative children’s book cover. We talk about what makes a solid book cover and follow basic layout principles, use grids, work with typography and learn how to create concepts that pop using examples as our guide. 


We will conquer digital projects as well including going over what makes compelling YouTube cover photos and we will create a dynamic one together.

We even talk about creating digital art and as we create an eclectic modern album art cover. 

Then, we master editorial design as we create a dynamic cover for a home cooking magazine as well as a full article spread. We talk about how to work with larger blocks of text, font pairing and headlines and how to maximize both Photoshop and InDesign to maximize our impact. 


Last, but certainly not least we will have a 4+ hour advanced section for those looking for more detailed real-world projects. We will create from scratch the entire branding package for a conference including the Logo design, lanyards, posters, advertising, a digital marketing campaign, large format welcome banners and even a postcard.

This extensive section is perfect for those looking to learn how to export and work with files of all types, how to export, prepare and save them for professional print or for the press.

This section goes into an entire new level of detail that will satisfy those curious on how to take on real large-scale graphic design projects for clients. 


This course is prefect for those who prefer a project-based hands on learning approach and for those who love to see all types of different projects being created. This course is great for those wanting to learn and maximize Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and learn tons and tons of new tools along the way that can speed up your workflow.

This course is great for beginners, advanced designers and everyone in-between, there is something for everyone, so let’s master graphic design by creating some fantastic and professional level projects together! 


  • Course Preview
  • Course Guide
  • Creating Badges Part 1
  • Creating Badges Part 2
  • Creating Badges Part 3
  • Logo Design for Our Package Design Project
  • Package Design Getting Started
  • Package Design - Photo Editing
  • Package Design - Photo Editing part 2
  • Getting started in Illustrator
  • Layout and Design
  • Finishing Up
  • Working with Adobe Dimensions
  • Backside Design
  • Exporting and Print Prep
  • Book Cover Design - Discovering Your Concept
  • Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Cover Ideas
  • Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Photo Editing
  • Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Non-Destructive Editing
  • Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Spine, Bleed and Exporting
  • Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Exporting
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - Getting Started
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - Pill Image
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - Typography and the Title
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - The Background
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - Spine and Back
  • Non-Fiction Book Cover - The Back and Exporting
  • Children's Book Cover - The Title
  • Children's Book Cover - Drawing and Sketching
  • Children's Book Cover - Exporting
  • Youtube Thumbnail
  • Youtube Thumbnail - part 2
  • Album Art Cover
  • Album Art Cover - Highlights and Shadows
  • Album Art Cover - Exporting
  • Magazine Article Spread
  • Magazine Article Spread - Working with photos
  • Magazine Article Spread - inside spread
  • Magazine Front Cover
  • Magazine Front Cover - Working with Titles
  • Magazine Front Cover - Exporting
  • Conference Branding - Getting Started
  • Conference Branding - Logo Design
  • Conference Branding - Colors
  • Conference Branding - Final Logo
  • Conference Branding - Color Matching
  • Conference Branding - Poster Design
  • Conference Branding - Editing Images
  • Conference Branding - Lanyards
  • Conference Branding - Lanyards - part 2
  • Conference Branding - Client Presentation
  • Conference Branding - File Prep
  • Conference Branding - Postcard
  • Conference Branding - Postcard Back
  • Conference Branding - Large Banner
  • Conference Branding - Large Banner Exporting
  • Conference Branding - Facebook Ads
  • Conference Branding - Facebook Ads part 2
  • Conference Branding - Powerpoint Slides
  • Conference Branding - Display Ads
  • Conference Branding - Display Ads - Part 2

Taught by

Lindsay Marsh

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