Graphic Design Bootcamp
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Graphic Design Bootcamp

Learn the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (updated 3.31.2017)
4.6 (1,236 ratings)
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11,023 students enrolled
Created by Derrick Mitchell
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the nuances of working with both print and screen based projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Learn and understand the principles and elements of design, color theory, typography, and many of the necessary skills to become a great graphic designer for print and web.
  • Be employable in the creative industry as a graphic designer for print and web
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  • Have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I will be using a Mac, but you can just as easily follow along with a Windows machine since the principles will be the same and the apps work on either platform.
  • Be proficient with using a computer, although prior knowledge of any of the Adobe apps is not necessary. However, this is not an “A to Z” course for every bell and whistle that each app provides, but rather a roadmap for how to make awesome projects that people are willing to pay for or that employers are looking for you to have skills with creating.
  • Some creative skills (drawing, photography, etc.) are helpful and will definitely give you a better chance at becoming successful as a designer, but not required.

This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a graphic designer, and especially geared towards total beginners. I'll show you how to make some of the most popular projects in the industry, like custom logos, business cards, brochures, web graphics, and more. We will be using Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; the industry-standard applications for graphic design. I'll also review relevant terms and design practices to help you create pixel-perfect projects for print and web, with the goal to get you up and running as soon as possible so you can start your new and exciting career as a graphic designer.  

We have a private Facebook group with over 2500 students and counting, which is an awesome resource for you to take advantage of while you go through the course. The group is an excellent place to post projects, get insightful critiques, and network with other like-minded students and working professionals all over the world.

All project files are included as a free download at the beginning of each section, and you are welcome to use the files however you want, or simply to follow along with the projects as we move through the lessons. 

You should take this course if you are at all interested in graphic design and becoming a designer to see if this career path is a good fit for you. We will start with basic principles and move through to more advanced projects so you will be prepared to create anything your clients and/or employer needs. 

10/6/16 UPDATE: 
Have you heard? The latest release of Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 is finally here! I’m both stoked and panicking… stoked because with the new update there are all kinds of new and exciting changes, and panicking because now I need to review the course and make updates to ensure you can still follow along. For the most part, all of the principles you will learn in this course transcend the tools you actually use - There are students using Adobe versions from CS3 up to CC 2017, and there are even students using apps like Sketch and Pixelmator to make some of the projects in this course. 

If you see anything in any of the lectures that no longer apply with the software update, please let me know! I’m doing my best to keep this course up to date and continue to add value for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Someone in the corporate world who is looking to gain skills in graphic design so you can produce graphics and print materials for your company.
  • Someone looking to start a career as a graphic designer.
  • Someone wanting to start their own business as a freelance graphic designer.
  • Ideally, you are someone who would consider yourself as “creative” and you often find yourself doodling on a notebook or napkin. You notice artwork around you, and when you see cool graphics on posters or in catalogs and brochures, you stop to admire them and wonder how they are made. You might be the “family photographer” and you always find yourself taking photos or videos with family and friends. You also have a strong attention to detail and strong focus to stay engaged in a project even when it might be boring.
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Expand All 65 Lectures Collapse All 65 Lectures 07:47:55
Getting comfortable with Photoshop: Making a Poster
9 Lectures 01:13:07
Poster Introduction and file setup (revised)

Gathering Assets

Making Selections

Refining Selections Update: The New Photoshop 2015.5 Selection and Masking Space

Refining Selections

Working With Text

Refining the Layout

In this video I mention custom brushes. Here's a link to download the grunge brush I use in this lesson, or you can simply download the attachment on this video:

Here's a quick overview of how to install the brushes, but you have to be logged in to see it:

Creating Additional Looks to Give Your Client Options

Exporting Your Artwork
Photoshop Continued: Creating a Composite Image
6 Lectures 59:44
Introduction to Photoshop Compositing

Getting assets for your first composite image

Compositing Continued & Color Levels...

Refining Selections

Pushing Your Design Further

One More Idea & Exporting Your Image
Getting comfortable with Illustrator: Typography Poster
5 Lectures 50:01

In this section, we will learn how to use Illustrator while creating a typography poster using the quote, "A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL SAILOR." Feel free to follow along using the assets provided in the .zip file that is attached. 

In the zipped folder you will find: 

  • The Quote as a .txt file
  • Fonts used in the project
  • A photo of the sea to use as a background
  • A vector anchor graphic purchased from Adobe Stock
  • The project file, with both editable and outlined text versions
Preview 04:32

Working With Text: Type Tools, Adobe Typekit, and Creating Outlines

Working with Shapes, Color & Graphics

Artboards and Creating Additional Designs

Exporting Your Files
Logo Design: Create a Custom Logo for Your Business or a Client
12 Lectures 01:16:21
Introduction to This Section

Bring in Your Text and Picking Fonts

Basic Tool Overview

Creating Your First Looks

Refining Ideas

Designing Your Presentation For Your Clients

Exporting and Sending Comps to Clients

Finalize Your Logo, Part 1: Refining Color and Creating a "Details" Page

Finalize Your Logo, Part 2: Artboard Setup for Quick Export and File Management

Finalize Your Logo, Part 3: Batch Export Files and Professional Client Delivery
Create a Magazine Ad
9 Lectures 51:20

Setting Up the File

Gathering Assets and How to Scrape Photos

Getting Things in Place

Design Continued...

Bullet Lists and Font Awesome Icons

Further Refinement, Adding Photos, and Masking with Shapes

Export the Final Ad for Press & Reviewing Design Decisions

How to Package Editable Photoshop Files to Share With Someone Else
Getting Familiar with InDesign: Create an eBook
3 Lectures 30:25
Introduction and File Setup

Placing Assets and Basic Layout

Finalize the Design, Exporting, and Packaging Final Files
Create a Custom Brochure
9 Lectures 01:03:14

Beginning With the End in Mind

File Setup

Outside Layout: Part 1

Outside Layout: Part 2

Exporting Final Files, Part 1: Generic Export

Exporting Final Files, Part 2: Adding Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Indesign

Exporting Final Files, Part 3: Add Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Illustrator
Create Custom Business Cards
3 Lectures 18:25
Project Introduction & File Setup

Business Card Design

Exporting Final Files and Custom Finishes
Getting Online with Adobe Portfolio and Behance
4 Lectures 22:51
Introduction to and

Features Overview of and

Export From Adobe CC Directly to and

Create a Custom Cover and Full-Width Portfolio Image for Behance
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Derrick Mitchell
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11,530 Students
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Creative Director; College Professor

Derrick has spent his entire career in the creative arts and marketing sector. Starting back as early as high school where he turned homework into paying gigs, his love for all things art and technology driven has continued to grow. Working with brands such as MTV, Nintendo, and Netflix while employed as an intern for Seven 2 Interactive catapulted his career. His branding work and graphic design has been included in international publications for the design industry and regularly featured on trending websites.

Derrick has been a lifetime student of productivity and time management, and has invested thousands of dollars in books and programs around the topic to maximize the productivity of his agency, as well as to help his clients and students make more money while working smarter, not harder.

Derrick is  the owner of a small design agency, Mitchell's Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop, located in the heart of downtown Kalispell, Montana. Mitchell's Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana. 

He is also the Creative Director for a multi-million dollar defense company based out of Montana - a job that lets him stretch his creative muscles and make some epic things each and every day.