Graphic Design Foundations in Canva: Theory and Projects
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Graphic Design Foundations in Canva: Theory and Projects

Learn design theory and practice GREAT graphic design through practical real world projects in Canva
4.2 (197 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,305 students enrolled
Created by Lindsay Marsh
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • The goal is to take what you learn from this course and propel your future career or start a new one in a field involving design.
  • You will be able to start building your portfolio by creating practical real world projects
  • You will created a book cover, brochure, logo, business card, flyer and poster by the end of this course
  • Understand great design principles and in the areas of typography , photography, layout and composition
Requirements
  • Access to Canva, FREE or paid
Description

This full 4.5+ hour graphic design foundations course was developed for anyone who wants to understand GREAT design and how to practically apply it to real world projects. The goal is to take what you learn from this course and start to build a portfolio of projects that use solid graphic design principles.

If you are ready to tackle the full course! I go over the basics of Canva, a cloud based design tool that can help you hop right into design and layout in a matter of minutes. I am a Canva Certified Creative and we will use Canva throughout this course as the design software of choice because of it’s ease of use. Feel free to skip module 2 if you already feel comfortable with Canva!

TYPOGRAPHY

This class will conquer the world of typography and fonts. We will learn font types, pairing, styles, and how to use typgroaophy in layout and design. We will even create a poster only using the power of typography. 

PHOTOS and IMAGES
Next, we will dive into the powerful and emotional world of photography in design. What is good photography and how do we incropate this into our designs? How do we use filters and effects to add to the emotional impact of a design and lastly, we will create a book cover using photos as our main attraction. 

COLOR
When talking about solid design principles. Color will be one of the most powerful tools we can use. We will Learn basic color theory, how to set the tone with color usage, finding the right color palette, creating mood boards to source of color choices and finally we will create a logo and apply our chosen color pallet.  


LAYOUT What brings all of these elements together is fantastic and balanced layout and blocking. We will review basic layout principles and start to apply everything we have learned in the class to practical projects including creating a social media graphic, a flyer and finally a full front and back tri-fold brochure.  

RESOURCES Resources are an important part of your arsinal. We will review photo copyrights, free resources and even where I go for dependable paid resources for stock photography and fonts. 

PORTFOLIO BUILDING
In the end of this class, you will be tasked to tackle several projects that will be the beginning of your portfolio that will show off great solid design principles and can help you land your next big opportunity.  


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn and practice GREAT graphic design through lessons and then apply them to practical REAL world projects
  • Anyone interested in learning graphic design foundations through compelling visuals and examples
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 04:20:35
+ Canva – The Basics
5 lectures 35:15

LEGAL: 

Please be sure to check out canva.com legal section on their support page to check on licences and your rights to use their elements and graphics on logos and other items you may be designing. You are free to use any .jpg  .png or graphic you import, as long as you have the rights to that graphic. Using their pre-made symbols and graphics for t-shirts and logos is a gray area, so just double check the legal section and feel free to send them an e-mail about proper usage of graphics on their website as their terms may change from time to time. 

https://support.canva.com

Preview 01:17
Let’s Get Comfortable with Canva! (Type and Shapes)
11:00
Let’s Dive deeper into Canva (Photos)
09:42
The Layering System and Working with Templates
09:33
Opening and savings documents in Canva
03:43
+ Typography and Fonts
6 lectures 41:06
Type Styles
04:43
Font Pairing
04:39
Let’s Create a Poster using Only Typography!
11:36
Let’s Create a Business Card and Practice Type Hierarchy
14:48
Typography Trends
02:31
+ Photography and Design
5 lectures 42:41
Cropping Photography
09:45
Photo Filters and Effects
09:07
Let’s Create a Book Cover (part 1)
08:46
Let’s Create a Book Cover (part 2)
11:57
+ Color
5 lectures 29:38
Basic Color theory
03:19
Colors and Emotions
03:25
Finding the Right Color Palette
06:47
Let’s Design a Logo - Applying our New Color Pallet to a Logo Design (part 1)
08:29
Let’s Design a Logo - Applying our New Color Pallet to a Logo Design (part 2)
07:38
+ Layout and Blocking
5 lectures 55:05
Let’s Practice by Creating a Social Media Graphic!
09:21
Let’s Practice by Creating a Flyer!
15:43
More Layout Practice – Let’s Create Brochure (part 1)
08:58
More Layout Practice – Let’s Create Brochure (part 2)
17:33
+ Graphic Design Tools and Resources
3 lectures 11:03
Photo Copyrights
05:07
Finding FREE graphic resources
03:52
Finding PAID graphic resources
02:04
+ Build Your Portfolio! Pdf and Digital Versions.
8 lectures 38:02
Portfolio Building Basics
03:57
Displaying Your Projects
01:37
Creating Our First Project
09:58
Creating Our First Project - Part 2
03:50
Experimenting With Other Project Presentations
09:03
Free Online Portfolio Option
01:17
Building Your Online Portfolio
07:30