Find online courses made by experts from around the world.
Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.
Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.
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
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.
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.
Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.
Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.
Certificate of completion.
|Section 1: Introduction to Graphic Design|
Hello And WelcomePreview
What Is Graphic Design?Preview
Can Only Skilled Artists Be Good Graphic Designers?Preview
Areas Of Graphic Design To Explore
|Section 2: Visual Communication Fundamentals|
What Makes A Design Visually Pleasing
Organizing Information In Your Layouts
Using Alignment To Your Advantage
Setting The Design's Rhythm
Letting A Design Breathe With Whitespace
Creating Visual Interest With Contrast
Designs That Work And Don't Work
|Section 3: Building Successful Layouts|
Determining The Design's Message
The Terminology Of Type
Typeface Styles & Resources
Choosing A Typeface Hierarchy
Understanding Colour's Psychological Impact
Building Your Design's Colour Palette
Understanding Colour Spaces
Sourcing Imagery For Your Layouts
Raster vs Vector Graphics
|Section 4: The Tools To Put It All Together|
An Overview Of The Tools Of The Trade
Alternatives To Standard Industry Tools
Web Design Tools & Software
HTML & CSS: Is It Really Rocket Science?
|Section 5: Starting A Career As a Graphic Designer|
Getting A Job As A Graphic Designer vs Going Freelance
Getting Started And How To Land Work
Joining The Design Community
Finding Continued Inspiration
|Section 6: Becoming a Graphic Designer | Conclusion|
|Section 7: Getting Started with Photoshop For Graphic Design|
Download the project files for the Photoshop section here.
Understanding Raster Graphics
A Crash Course In Graphic File Formats
|Section 8: Getting Comfortable In The Photoshop Environment|
A Tour Of The Photoshop Interface
Customizing & Saving Interface Workspaces
Opening & Creating New Documents
Zoom & Navigation Techniques
Multiple Undo With The History Panel
|Section 9: Resizing & Cropping Images|
An Introduction To Resizing Images
Cropping Your Images
Using The Canvas Size Command
Introducing Free Transform
|Section 10: Creating & Working With Selections|
Getting Started With Selections
Creating Elliptical Selections
Adding To & Subtracting From Selections
Floating Selections And Duplicating
Creating Selections With The Quick Selection Tool
Free Transforming Selections
|Section 11: Working With Layers|
Pulling An Image Off It's Background
Combining Images Together
Rearranging, Resizing & Renaming Layers
Selections & Multiple Layers
Blending Modes, Opacity & Fill Layers
Getting Organized With Layer Groups
Introducing Text Part 1: Artistic Text
Introducing Text Part 2: Paragraph Text
Filtering Layers By Type
|Section 12: Retouching & Color Correcting Photographs|
Removing Red Eye From Photos
Removing Blemishes With The Clone Stamp Tool
Additional Touchup Tools: Spot Healing, Healing Brush & Patch Tool
Using Photoshop's Toning & Focus Tools
Using Photoshop's Auto-Correct Commands
Additional Color Correction Commands
Non-Destructive Correcting With Adjustment Layers
|Section 13: Retouching & Color Correcting Photographs|
Getting Started With Photoshop Filters
Working With The Filter Gallery
Using Filters Non-Destructively
Introducing Layer Styles
|Section 14: Wrapping Up | Photoshop For Graphic Design|
Photoshop for Graphic Design Summary
|Section 15: Getting Started With Illustrator CC|
Collect all project files for this course here.
Understanding Raster & Vector Graphics
A Crash Course In Graphic File Formats
|Section 16: Getting Comfortable In The Illustrator Environment|
Opening, Creating & Working With Multiple Documents
A Tour Of The Illustrator Interface
Customizing The Illustrator Environment
Saving Saving Interface Workspaces
Zooming And Navigation Techniques
Using Illustrator’s Outline Mode
|Section 17: Working With Selections|
Using The Selection Tool
Using The Direct Selection Tool
Free-Handing Selections With The Lasso Tool
At Stone River eLearning, technology is all we teach. If you're interested in programming, development or design - we have it covered.
Check out our huge catalog of courses and join the over 370,000 students currently taking Stone River eLearning courses. We currently offer 100+ different technology training courses on our Stone River eLearning website and are adding new courses on hot and trending topics every month. A subscription option is available for those with a real passion for learning.