Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design
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Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design

The Ultimate Graphic Design Course Which Covers Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,Design Theory, Branding and Logo Design
4.6 (14,397 ratings)
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55,427 students enrolled
Created by Lindsay Marsh
Last updated 8/2020
English [Auto], Italian [Auto], 1 more
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This course includes
  • 19 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 22 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Have a deep understanding of typography, color theory, photos, layout, blocking and other design theory and skills
  • Understand and learn the essential tools and capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Create logos and branding packages for potential clients
  • Learn photo editing and manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • Master the pen tool, shape builder tool and other essential vector design tools in Adobe Illustrator.
  • How to create editorial spreads and magazine layouts using Adobe InDesign
  • Understand solid logo design and ad design principles to create compelling campaigns and logos
  • Work through the entire package design process
  • Learn non-destructive editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop
  • Work through an event flyer design to understand strong type hierarchy, balance and overall design layout
  • Learn a few of the upcoming design trends for 2020 and how to create them
  • Learn the history of fonts and typefaces and how to pair fonts
  • Learn the basics of Affinity Designer and learn the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer
  • Work through a 7 page vector tracing worksheet and feel confident creating a complex vector illustration by the end of this worksheet
  • NEW! Learn how to work with multiple page layouts in Adobe InDesign and create a cookbook cover and book
  • NEW! Learn the step-by-step process to becoming a graphic designer
  • Access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign (Or Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher as an Alternative). I will be using the Adobe Creative Cloud versions, but those with older version can still get a lot out of this class. Those wanting to take the course with Affinity products will find some tools and names do differ so Adobe is preferred.
  • If you use Adobe products, I highly suggest using versions CS6 or higher to have a more smooth experience with the course, but not a requirement.
  • Software not Included

As you can see, this course is updated frequently with new lessons, projects and resources!

June 2020 - NEW!  How to Become a Graphic Designer 14 page Resource Guide and Lessons!  
May 2020 - NEW!  InDesign Portfolio Builder Template!  
April 2020 -
NEW!  Entirely new Adobe InDesign Section including a cookbook project
April 2020 -
NEW!  Color Theory - Exploring Color Palettes Section
March 2020 - NEW! A Guide to My Favorite Fonts and Where to Download Them
Jan 2020 -
NEW! Lessons: 2020 Design Trends: and how to create them
Nov 2019 -
NEW! - Adobe Illustrator introduction and tools section (vector tracing worksheet)
Nov 2019 -
NEW! - Photoshop section and Projects (including a new youtube thumbnail and book cover project)
Oct 2019 -
NEW!  11 page downloadable resource - The Guide to Grids
Oct 2019 -
NEW!  Color Theory and Color Harmony Lessons + new Downloadable Resources
July 2019 -
NEW!  Affinity Designer Section! Learn The Basic Tools and Differences Between Adobe Illustrator And Affinity Designer
May 2019 -
NEW! Downloadable Resources - the Anatomy of Typography poster and the Psychology of Color graphic! 
April 2019 -
NEW Lessons: Finding Your Graphic Design Niche and Focus!

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 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! 

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in creating compelling and GREAT design.
  • Those interested in learning Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (Affinity Designer Too!)
  • Those wanting to understand graphic design basics and theory paired with real world projects and applications
  • Those looking to learn logo design and branding techniques and execution
  • Anyone wanting to become a graphic designer part-time or full-time, or those who need design skills to elevate their current careers.
  • Those looking for a solid graphic design foundations course with the depth of an intermediate level course
  • Those wanting to learn the basics of Affinity Designer and learn the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer
Course content
Expand all 158 lectures 19:03:58
+ NEW! Lessons - How to Become a Graphic Designer
2 lectures 22:45
What is Graphic Design? What Type of Projects Will I Do?
The Step-by-Step Process of Becoming a Graphic Designer
+ Graphic Design Theory
25 lectures 01:59:59

Make sure to download the resources along the way! The Anatomy of Typography poster and jpg are attached. Great tool for referencing a lot of the type specific terms I use throughout the theory section of this class.

The Anatomy of Typography
Detailed Review and History of Serif Fonts
Detailed Review - Sans-Serif Fonts
Using Type in Layout and Design
Font Pairing Basics
Design Theory - INTERMISSION
Working with Typography: Headlines and Multiple Word Phrases
Working with Typography: Large Blocks of Text

Make sure to download the Color Harmony Chart! 

Preview 06:07
The Psychology of Color
NEW! Color Theory - Exploring Color Palettes
Color Theory - Exploring Color Palettes - Part 2
Color Theory - Exploring Color Palettes - part 3
EXTRA: Student Challenge - Exploring Color Palettes
Color Theory: Gradients, Color Transitions, Duotones and Blending Modes
Photos in Design
Layout and Blocking in Design
Layout Theory: Layout and Design
Layout Theory: Effective Layout
Layout Theory: A Detailed Guide To Grids in Design
Layout Theory: Design Themes on multiple pages/panels
Small Design Details Matter In Design: Texture, Drop Shadows, Layering and Light
Let’s Get Technical: Color Profiles, Sizes and Bleed
+ Adobe Photoshop Introduction and Tools
12 lectures 01:29:54
Introduction to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
Photoshop Introduction and Setup
Introduction and Setup - Part 2
Introduction and Setup - Part 3
Photo Editing Basics
Photo Editing Basics - Part 2
Duotones and Gradients
Cutting out and Isolating Objects - Part 2
Spot Healing Brush Tool
Layering Masks
+ Photoshop Editing and Manipulation - Intermediate Skills
7 lectures 46:47
Changing Hair Color
Changing Object Color
Photo Manipulation – Advanced Techniques
Photo Manipulation – Advanced Techniques – Part 2 – Liquify Tool
NEW! Non-destructive Editing Part 1
NEW! Non-destructive Editing - Part 2
Student Question: How to use Warp Tool for 3-D Mock-ups
+ Photoshop Projects - YouTube Thumbnail
2 lectures 23:54
Create a Dynamic Youtube Thumbnail
Dynamic Youtube Thumbnail - Part 2
+ Photoshop Project - Book Cover Design
6 lectures 01:07:15
Discovering Your Concept
Our Cover Idea
Photo Editing
Non-destructive Editing (A review)
Spine, Bleed and Exporting
+ NEW!! Working with Photoshop Mockups
2 lectures 25:45
Working with Photoshop Mockups - A Jacket
Photoshop Mockups - Book Cover
+ EXTRA SECTION: 2019 Adobe Updates Overview! and 10 Tips from A Pro Designer
3 lectures 19:55
EXTRA! 2019 Updates to The Adobe Creative Cloud
10 Quick Tips from a Pro Designer
Bonus Tip: Infographics
+ Adobe Illustrator Introduction and Basic Tools - The Tracing Worksheet
11 lectures 01:51:07
Basic Introduction and Dashboard Setup
Vector Tracing Worksheet - Creating Simple Shapes
Vector Tracing Worksheet - Creating Complex Shapes
Master the Pen Tool
Pen Tool Practice
Pen Tool Practice - Part 2
Shape Builder Tool
Offset Path Tool
Offset Path Tool with Text
Vector Illustration Project
Extra Page: Grids and Pixel Art