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Flat Design - Create Beautiful Flat Graphics In Photoshop

Learn how to design beautiful flat graphics people love and expand your skill set.
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Created by Aaron Ward
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Visual Training To Excel Your Learning Rate
Design Client Ready Flat Graphics
Know The Critical Tools To Make Flat Graphics
Be Comfortable To Take On Any Flat Graphic Related Job
Export Flat Graphics For Web Use
Set Up A Document For Screen Resolution + Make Guides
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  • A system running Mac OSX or Windows
  • Photoshop CC or newer version Installed
  • Experience with Photoshop is recommended. However, the course is designed for complete newbies who haven't touched Photoshop CC.

A step-by-step guide to building beautiful flat graphics for Photoshop users (Beginner to Advance)

A Verifiable Certificate of Completion is presented to all students who undertake this course.

Recently updated for the 2016 Photoshop CC, "Learn To Make Flat Graphics in Photoshop" is probably one of the most complete and comprehensive online courses you will ever get to making popular and trend rising flat design graphics.

In more than 2 hours of content, this course will cover all you need to know about how to become a top skilled flat graphic designer, even if you never have used Photoshop before. In this course we will be covering the following subjects:

  • Designing a flat graphic. What tools are popular and the general processing from start to client ready finish.
  • How to add gradient backgrounds that pop.
  • Developing beautiful flat shadows with or without fading.
  • Applying extra features, lighting and goodies to make your work stand out from the crowd.
  • + Much more.

Note: This course is regularly updated and supported with student discussions.

Flat graphics are in huge demand by thousands of clients in the world.

Join in on the popular design trend which will be around for years to come and learn how to make them today.

What does this course offer that others don't?

1) Real life examples:

We will provide you with real life examples of how to apply flat graphics to client projects.

2) Portfolio exercises which you can use to get future jobs:

We will help you create your first flat graphic that you will be able to use as your own and present it to your clients as a professional freelancer.

3) Downloadable reference material

A whole section dedicated on how to start your professional career either as a freelancer or a full-time employee with advice from top experts.

4) Updated content for 2016:

All the content of this course has been recorded and updated for the 2016 design market.

5) 24/7 support:

Ask questions and request new lessons. The instructor Aaron is always available to answer questions and provide feedback.

Who is the target audience?
  • Graphic Designers who want to advance their skill set to get more freelance work/expand their portfolio
  • Business Owners who want to make their website/images modern
  • Anyone who wants to learn a rising and awesome design trend
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 23 Lectures Collapse All 23 Lectures 02:14:04
Introduction to Flat Graphics Design
1 Lecture 05:25

By the end of this lecture you will understand what makes a flat graphic look great and how to art direct the creation process.

Preview 05:25
How To Make Flat Graphics
8 Lectures 01:01:16

Every great graphic starts somewhere. In this lesson you will learn how to set up a document which is native screen size, change the color space and make guide lines quickly to help you in the next lessons.

Preview 06:18

In this lesson you will learn how to make a standard shape with smooth round corners. Every great flat graphic starts with a great shape!

Step 1: Creating The Base

Its time to learn how to make that beautiful icon. Learn how to get a perfect shape using the pen tool, reflecting one side and merging layers together.

Step 2: Adding An Icon

In this lesson you will learn to add those sweet features that make flat graphics really pop. Trust me, people love the features!

Preview 08:34

What would a flat graphic be without adding drop shadows and long hard shadows? Learn how to make them in this lesson.

Step 4: Adding Shadows + Changing Colors

Its time to bring out your inner art direction. Learn how to retouch the final flat graphic by adding extra lighting, fading the shadow using masks and other neat tricks to make your flat graphic look amazing.

By the end of this lecture you will be fully trained on making flat graphics that clients, humans and even pet goldfish love.

Step 5: Final Retouching and Clean Up

Highly demanded: how to add a gradient to your flat graphic background. Learn how to do it quickly and efficiently + which colors work.

Step 6: Adding a Gradient Background (Optional)

Grab the file to review the Photoshop document created in the previous lessons.

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Quick Tips
2 Lectures 06:31

Instead of making icons with the pen tool, learn to speed up the process using google images.

Warning - Be careful with copyright using this method. If your work is being published comerically I don't recommend or take responsability for you using this method.

Quick Tip - Remove The Issue of Creating Icons

Aaron where do I find beautiful gradients? In this lesson I'll show you where I find amazing gradients easy to copy and get inspiration from.

Preview 03:21
Activity 1: Website Flat Graphic Header Image
5 Lectures 37:37
Section Resource Files - Download

Watch and learn as I demonstrate my experience behind creating a flat graphic for a client project.

Create a Flat Graphic To Use On a Website Breakdown

Watch and learn as I demonstrate my experience behind creating a flat graphic for a client project.

Part 1

Watch and learn as I demonstrate my experience behind creating a flat graphic for a client project.

Part 2

Final File (We Created) Download
Activity 2: Social Media Flat Graphic Icons
4 Lectures 15:22
Section Resource Files - Download

Watch and learn as I demonstrate my experience behind creating a flat graphic for a client project.

Create a Flat Graphic To Use On Social Media That Gets Attention

Watch and learn as I demonstrate my experience behind creating a flat graphic for a client project.

Part 1

Show me your graphics!
Saving Web Files
1 Lecture 06:19

Learn how to save your flat graphics for web use. We will over how to correctly save you file so they are optimized for website pages.

Saving Your Flat Graphics For Website Use
Put Your New Skills To The Test - Your First Job
1 Lecture 00:16

Now you have a new skill, learn how you can start selling it to people.

How To Land a Job and Make Awesome Flat Graphics For Money
1 Lecture 01:17

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