Graphic Design Bootcamp

Learn the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (updated 12.5.2016)
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  • Lectures 64
  • Length 7.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 5/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a graphic designer. 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. 

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the course
Introduction & Welcome to the Course!
Get Up and Running With Adobe Creative Cloud
Section 2: Getting comfortable with Photoshop: Making a Poster
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:

Exporting Your Artwork
Section 3: Photoshop Continued: Creating a Composite Image
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
Section 4: Getting comfortable with Illustrator: Typography Poster

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
Working With Text: Type Tools, Adobe Typekit, and Creating Outlines
Working with Shapes, Color & Graphics
Artboards and Creating Additional Designs
Exporting Your Files
Section 5: Logo Design: Create a Custom Logo for Your Business or a Client
Introduction to This Section
Research and Gathering Ideas
Creating a Moodboard
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
Section 6: Create a Magazine Ad
Project Introduction
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
Section 7: Getting Familiar with InDesign: Create an eBook
Introduction and File Setup
Placing Assets and Basic Layout
Finalize the Design, Exporting, and Packaging Final Files
Section 8: Create a Custom Brochure
Project Introduction
Beginning With the End in Mind
File Setup
Outside Layout: Part 1
Outside Layout: Part 2
Inside Layout
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
Section 9: Create Custom Business Cards
Project Introduction & File Setup
Business Card Design
Exporting Final Files and Custom Finishes
Section 10: Getting Online with Adobe Portfolio and Behance
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
Section 11: Next Steps and Resources
June 28, 2016: Next Steps and Resources Introduction
Section 12: Questions & Answers

In this lecture, I'll clarify working with the Pen tool to make a path for a selection. If you have more questions about this course, be sure to check out the Q&A section to see some of the answers I've given there first. If you have more questions let me know! 

Here's Mahwish's original question about working with the Pen tool to make a path for a selection from the Udemy Q&A area of this course: 

Hi Derrick,

I just recently enrolled in this course and I must say that I don't regret it one bit. So first off, I must thank you for making such an interactive and informational course. 

Moving on to my question (I just finished Lecture 4: Cutting out the image with the pen tool), After I had cut out my rough image, I went in to refine the area between the shirt and the arm and I noticed that after making the selection hitting Control+Return did not lead to the marching ants. In fact, hitting alt+delete would lead to the whole selection turning purple. I tried this multiple times to the same result. Later I tried right clicking the selection in paths and selecting make selection and then intersect with selection that led to marching ants and the area colored black so to say or purple background showing below. 

My question, what was I doing wrong? Also is this another method to achieve the same result?


Mahwish Ebrahim.

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Instructor Biography

Derrick Mitchell, 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.

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