Become a Professional Graphic Designer
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Become a Professional Graphic Designer

Learn what you need to know to break into the world of graphic design.
4.6 (287 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,333 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 20.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To learn what graphic design is and how to become a graphic designer
  • Learn what a graphic designer does on the job
  • Learn the principles of great graphic design
  • Learn graphic design as it relates to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat
  • Learn graphic design for the web using Dreamweaver
  • Learn visual communication fundamentals
  • Learn successful layout in graphic design
  • Learn how to get a job as a graphic designer
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Requirements
  • Free trial or education versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat and Dreamweaver
Description

Graphic design has always been a popular profession, but with more and more technology being introduced into our lives it's becoming an ever more important one too. All kinds of people use all kinds of technology every day. Making that technology as user-friendly as possible is vital, and graphic design is one of the most important elements of this.

The Ultimate Crash Course on Graphic Design

  • Master the most widely used software in graphic designing
  • Learn the principles of graphics design and visual communication
  • Gain an insight into the current graphic design industry
  • Understand how to forge a career path as a graphic designer

Graphic Design for All

This course is aimed at aspiring graphic designers, web designers and digital artists who wish to develop a skill set needed to become a professional graphic designer. Suitable for both complete beginners and those who already have some knowledge of the industry; this course will prepare you for a career as a graphics designer through familiarising you with the concepts, principles and – most importantly – the software you'll need to know.

You'll learn everything from working with layers and selections in Photoshop, to formatting text and menus in Dreamweaver, to using pathfinders and special effects in Illustrator.

As well as equipping you with a valuable skill set, you will also learn how to get your foot in the door of the graphic design world, from how to land your first job, to finding continued inspiration, to the ins and outs of joining the graphics design community.

On completion of this course, you will have the strong foundation needed to get started in the world of graphic design, along with the skills needed to start working professionally straight away.

Tools Used

Adobe Photoshop: Used for editing and manipulating photographs and images. Improve lighting and colour, add special effects, remove blemishes, create your own images from scratch, and more.

Adobe Illustrator: The standard software for graphics design, and where you do the majority of your work. Create any kind of vector art or illustration your mind is capable of thinking up!

Adobe Acrobat: Transform your work into a format than anyone can view - a PDF. This program also enables you to create, manipulate, print and manage your finished project files.

Adobe Dreamweaver: Design and develop beautiful websites with ease, complete with both a design view and code editor so you can see changes you make on all sides in real time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Artists
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Graphic Design
4 Lectures 25:23
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Visual Communication Fundamentals
7 Lectures 01:06:16
What Makes A Design Visually Pleasing
02:06

Organizing Information In Your Layouts
14:10

Using Alignment To Your Advantage
12:14

Setting The Design's Rhythm
12:43

Letting A Design Breathe With Whitespace
05:47

Creating Visual Interest With Contrast
10:52

Designs That Work And Don't Work
08:24
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Building Successful Layouts
9 Lectures 01:10:42
Determining The Design's Message
08:12

The Terminology Of Type
10:46

Typeface Styles & Resources
08:24

Choosing A Typeface Hierarchy
11:32

Understanding Colour's Psychological Impact
04:43

Building Your Design's Colour Palette
08:03

Understanding Colour Spaces
06:50

Sourcing Imagery For Your Layouts
07:46

Raster vs Vector Graphics
04:26
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The Tools To Put It All Together
4 Lectures 27:09
An Overview Of The Tools Of The Trade
09:53

Alternatives To Standard Industry Tools
06:49

Web Design Tools & Software
07:02

HTML & CSS: Is It Really Rocket Science?
03:25
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Starting A Career As a Graphic Designer
4 Lectures 21:49
Getting A Job As A Graphic Designer vs Going Freelance
06:50

Getting Started And How To Land Work
09:33

Joining The Design Community
02:58

Finding Continued Inspiration
02:28
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Becoming a Graphic Designer | Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:22
Wrapping Up
01:22
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Getting Started with Photoshop For Graphic Design
3 Lectures 12:21

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Welcome, Here's What We'll Learn
00:36

Understanding Raster Graphics
04:00

A Crash Course In Graphic File Formats
07:45
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Getting Comfortable In The Photoshop Environment
5 Lectures 38:20
A Tour Of The Photoshop Interface
08:41

Customizing & Saving Interface Workspaces
08:33

Opening & Creating New Documents
07:05

Zoom & Navigation Techniques
07:23

Multiple Undo With The History Panel
06:38
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Resizing & Cropping Images
4 Lectures 27:41
An Introduction To Resizing Images
09:51

Cropping Your Images
06:19

Using The Canvas Size Command
04:27

Introducing Free Transform
07:04
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Creating & Working With Selections
7 Lectures 36:03
Getting Started With Selections
06:51

Creating Elliptical Selections
03:59

Adding To & Subtracting From Selections
05:29

Transforming Selections
04:09

Floating Selections And Duplicating
06:14

Creating Selections With The Quick Selection Tool
05:21

Free Transforming Selections
04:00
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