Learn to Design a Letterhead - A Beginners Course
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Learn to Design a Letterhead - A Beginners Course

Learn how to design a letterhead from rough sketch through to setting your document up ready to go to print.
3.8 (591 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.
30,721 students enrolled
Created by Tara Roskell
Published 10/2012
English
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • By the end of the course you will be able to design a letterhead from sketch to sending it out for print
Requirements
  • Paper and pencil/pen plus full or trial version of Adobe Illustrator (with a basic knowledge of how to use it)
Description

In this free letterhead design course you will learn about:

  • Common positioning of letterhead elements
  • How to sketch out your letterhead ideas
  • How to add small details that add that extra something to your design
  • Some tricks of the graphic design trade
  • How to get your letterhead ready for print

You will also get a downloadable pdf with each section that you can keep and use for reference.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners wanting to learn how to design a letterhead
Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 44:04
+ Common positioning of letterhead elements
2 lectures 02:03
In this video we cover some of the most common ways the logo and address details are positioned on letterhead. You can also find the contents of this video in the downloadable pdf.
Common positioning of letterhead elements (video)
02:03
Download the PDF here
This pdf document covers the common letterhead positioning talked about in the video.
Notes: Common positioning of letterhead elements (download pdf from EXTRAS)
3 pages
+ Sketching out letterhead layout ideas
2 lectures 04:11
This video shows you how you can quickly sketch out letterhead ideas on paper
Sketching out letterhead ideas (video)
04:11
Download the pdf here
This pdf document covers the rough sketching of letterhead layouts talked about in the video.
Notes: Sketching out letterhead ideas (download pdf from EXTRAS)
3 pages
+ Size matters in letterhead design
2 lectures 01:40
A look at the size your letterhead should be, plus deciding what size type you should use.
Size matters in letterhead design (video)
01:40
Download the pdf here
This pdf is about letterhead size and deciding what type size to use.
Notes: Size matters in letterhead design (download pdf from EXTRAS)
2 pages
+ Work up some of your ideas in Adobe Illustrator
5 lectures 17:36
In this video I show you how to work up one of the simple letterhead layouts in Adobe Illustrator
Work up one of the simple letterhead ideas (video)
07:58
This video shows the small things you can do to your letterhead to make it look more interesting
Looking at the small details in a letterhead design (video)
02:14
This video shows how you can create a watermark effect on your letterhead
Working up a watermark effect letterhead design (video)
06:37
This video shows some of the letterhead designs in Illustrator which were originally sketched out in the rough sketches.
A variety of letterhead designs (video)
00:47
Download the pdf here
This pdf gives links to a couple of opensource (free) layout programs which you could use for design if you don't have Adobe Illustrator.
Notes: Alternative opensource layout programs (download pdf from EXTRAS)
1 page
+ Exporting your letterhead for print
2 lectures 07:34

Setting your letterhead up ready to export as a pdf for print

Exporting your letterhead for print (video)
07:34

Download the PDF here
PDF notes on setting up your document for print. 


Notes: Getting your letterhead ready for print (download pdf from EXTRAS)
2 pages