Graphic Design Masterclass Intermediate: The NEXT Level
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Graphic Design Masterclass Intermediate: The NEXT Level

Up Your Graphic Design Skills: Logo Design, Photo Manipulation, Package Design, Infographics, Portfolio Building, Grids!
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Created by Lindsay Marsh
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 14 hours on-demand video
  • 24 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be able to create polished and practical Logo designs and brand assets
  • Be able to create images for a full digital marketing campaign, including Facebook and Instagram
  • Produce complex photo manipulations for the use of ad design and understand solid layout and design principles
  • Create realistic shadows and be able to do intermediate level photo retouching
  • Sketch logo design and concepts with ease and understand the golden ratio and how to incorporate that in your design process
  • Create and build a strong graphic design portfolio both in pdf and online
  • Understand some of the many ways of making money by selling creative content and resources
  • Understand how to use more intermediate tools in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Explore what makes compelling advertising
  • Study the Golden Ratio and create a graphic illustration with it
  • Go through the entire package design process for a chocolate bar wrapper
  • Create a typography only poster
  • Learn what makes compelling infographics and take boring data and make it come alive.
  • Create a magazine front cover and article spread using InDesign and talk about more intermediate topics like using photos and headlines to help craft stories
  • Work through the ENTIRE logo Design process including how to present your work to clients, export files. We will work through a logo design worksheet together in this section.
  • This is an intermediate level course: Basic working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - Some familiarity with basic tools and functionality
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Highly Suggested, but older versions can still be used. Some tools like the content aware and shapebuilder tools will not be available on CS 5.5 or earlier versions.


May 2020 -
New - Logo Design Presentation Template!  
April 2020 -
New - Adobe InDesign Portfolio Building Template!   
Feb 2020 -
New - The Full Logo Design Process and Downloadable Logo Design Worksheet Template  
Feb 2020 -
New - Mastering Isometric Grids! 
Feb 2020 - New Portfolio Building Section - How to Build Strong Design Portfolios
Jan 2020 -
New InDesign Project Added - Creating a Magazine Front Cover and Article Spread
Jan 2020 -
New full page ad design project and Photoshop section added!
June 2019
Create Compelling Infographics!  (Section 11)
Nov 2018
How to Price Your Freelance Projects! Updated lessons (Section 19)
Nov 2018New Package Design Lessons! Design a chocolate bar wrapper from start to finish
Oct 2018Project: Create a Poster Using Only Typography
Sept 2018 - New Lesson - Characteristics of Solid Logo Designs
Aug 2018 - The Legal Side of Design: Properly Using Photos, Fonts and Resources

The Graphic design masterclass intermediate level, are you ready to level up your design skills

Who should take this class? Those with very basic skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You already may be familiar with the pen tool basics understand the layering system and know a few other basic tools. You have a little experience using these programs and have a solid basic working knowledge of these programs.

Or you have taking my Graphic Design Masterclass: Learn Great Design, the first in this masterclass series, although taking this class is not a requirement to join on this one, just those basic software skills. But this class Is a natural next intermediate step.

This is a practical design course meant to teach you techniques and skills by producing real world projects.

We will first talk about intermediate techniques when it comes to Adobe Photoshop, like diving deep with removing complex objects from photos and using the content aware tools. We then will talk about photo composites and put two totally different photos together using curves and other more intermediate Photoshop tools.

We will brush up on your brush tool in Photoshop to learn how to paint on realistic shadows that can be applied to a variety of situations.

We quickly get into real world projects by tackling a fast food burger ad that is both dynamic and helps us practice working with typography, headlines and effects in Adobe Photoshop.

This course includes a fairly large logo design section. We talk about the power of sketching our ideas on paper or in a digital sketching app. This course even includes an extensive downloadable logo design worksheet and we will work through the entire logo design process with the help of this worksheet. We talk about client presentation, when to present to clients, color and even exporting files.

The golden ratio is a great intermediate logo design concept to master and we will do just that in this course.

Speaking of grids we will not stop there, we talk all about the isometric grid system and work through an entire project using isometric grids to create a realistic 3D illustration.

New to this course is an intermediate InDesign section. We will walk through the creation of a magazine spread and cover and talk in more depth about creating strong editorial designs, headlines and crafting compelling stories with photos.

Infographics is a tough topic for designers and can have a steep learning curve, I thought it would make for the perfect project to work through together in this extensive section.

We will walk through topics about how to legally and safely use fonts photos and downloadable vector resources as this is impotent to any maturing designer.

Knowing how to craft effective ads is a great quality to have and can help you have more success as a designer, we will talk about how to create effective advertising as well as work through an entire social media campaign.

There are tons of extra project sections including one on creating a poster using just typography.

Package design is another great intermediate topic and we will go in-depth about the package design process including how to work with files, set them up and create a rich looking package design for a chocolate bar.

Graphic design is more than just creating projects it also about finding work and clients. I have included an entire portfolio building section where we talk about how to create stunning portfolio presentations and how to build them online and offline.

I hope you decide to join me for this incredible journey through lots of fantastic intermediate design topics, projects and more.

The Ready for the next Level?

This course is dynamic, so new lessons and bonus content will be added frequently! 

Who this course is for:
  • Those who are ready for an intermediate level design course and may already know the very basic tools of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Those with basic skills wanting to increase their knowledge in the area of logo design, branding, ad design, Photoshop editing and manipulation and digital design including social media ad design
  • Those who enjoy learning by producing practical real world projects that are based on common projects seen in the industry
  • Those interested in Logo Design and Branding work
Course content
Expand all 116 lectures 14:06:20
+ Introduction - Downloadable Resources & Course Guide!
2 lectures 07:26

Make sure to download the Resource Guide for links to most of the resources, photos and mock-ups used throughout this course. A pdf has been attached, just in case a word doc is not compatible with your setup.

+ Intermediate Photoshop Techniques
5 lectures 42:35
Content Aware
More Challenging Object Removal Projects
Building a Photo Composite
Building a Photo Composite - Part 2
+ EXTRA: Photoshop - Creating Realistic Shadows
4 lectures 23:19
Coffee Cup Shadow
Flower Shadow
Playing with different types of shadows
Casting Shadows from a Phone
+ NEW! Fast Food Full Page Ad Design Project
5 lectures 47:46
Layout and Blocking
Adding Text Effects - Flames and Water
Photo Editing for Food Photos
Exporting both Digital and Print - RGB and CMYK Conversion
+ Logo Design Section
1 lecture 09:15
Characteristics of Solid Logo Designs
+ Logo Design Sketching - The Power of Sketching Your Ideas
3 lectures 09:46
Sketching Out Our Branding Ideas - Pizza Math Logo
Sketching Our Ideas - TIME logo
Sketching Out Typography - Coffee Bar Logo
+ NEW! The Full Logo Design Process and Worksheet - Video Flux Project
11 lectures 01:29:47
The Brainstorming and Sketching Process
Vectorizing Assets
Manually Adjusting Type
Details and Typography
Picking Your Final Concept
Grid Work
Picking Our Colors
Adding Details and Extras
Exporting Our Files
+ Brand Extension and Mockups
2 lectures 09:44
Brand Extension
Van Mock-up
+ The Golden Ratio in Design
5 lectures 44:47
What is the Golden Ratio?
Golden Ratio Practice
Golden Ratio Practice - Part 2
EXTRA: The Golden Ratio Practice Lesson - The Letter M - Part 1
EXTRA: The Golden Ratio Practice - The Letter M - Part 2