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A beginners guide for creating stunning visual presentations by manipulating photos and designing illustrations.
4.4 (23 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,270 students enrolled
Created by John O'Laughlin
Last updated 2/2017
English
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • create layered cover art for posters, slides or book covers with photo effects and custom vector shapes
  • create a custom style guide for graphic design projects
  • contribute original digital graphic creations to a growing portfolio of design examples
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Requirements
  • Students should know how to use presentation software at a beginner level
  • Students should have PowerPoint or access to software tools for presentation layouts.
Description

Course Description

Welcome to the world of learning by teaching graphic design. This production is a beginner’s guide for creating stunning visual presentations using PowerPoint. 

Skill Improvement Outcomes from Learning by Teaching Graphic Design

  • create compelling visual presentations by using graphic design techniques

  • manipulate photos

  • design original illustrations

  • compose stylish slides that look like they came from Madison Avenue

  • apply graphic design skills to draw emphasis to important content

  • establish a visual flow for your audience

  • enrich your slides with depth and transparency

  • develop a consistent style and brand

  • use time saving techniques to create great looking work in a short amount of time

  • innovate with creative custom solutions

  • design infographics to become the GoTo Person for presentation excellence

  • use adult learning strategies for progressive success

  • create a portfolio of design techniques

  • learn by teaching graphic design skills to others

Content and Overview

Suitable for beginning trainers, online instructors, curriculum developers, marketers, and creative entrepreneurs, through this course of 8 lectures and one and half hours of content, you’ll learn the basics for creating a portfolio of learning to teach others about graphic design. We’ll begin with an introduction to adult learning strategies. Then you will be invited to build your portfolio with active learning practice sessions for:

  • Manipulating Photos with PowerPoint in Place of Photoshop

  • Creating Illustrations with PowerPoint in Place of Illustrator

  • Applying Madison Avenue Design Style to Your Slides.

Your portfolio of practice will prepare you for Advancing from Learner to Teacher

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Now 38 lectures and 2 hours of high quality content for the skills that matter most!
  • Learn from a professional coach from your desk.
  • Suitable for beginner educators, online trainers, marketers, instructional designers and ideal for people who learn faster when shown.
  • Visual training method offering students increased retention and accelerated learning.
  • Breaks even the most complex functions into simplistic steps to SEE IT, TRY IT, and USE IT with a see one, do one, teach one approach.
  • Custom learning is supported with an active discussion.

Unique Course Design Supports Applied Learning

This course can be read, seen, or heard to build a graphic design portfolio in a short amount of time. This course will empower you to create beautiful graphic designs by seeing demonstrations, practicing the skills, and creating content using the modeled techniques. The process will help you go from learner to teacher in a short amount of time.

This production is for people who want to create compelling visual presentations, instructors who want to improve graphics for course content, and entrepreneurs who want to earn additional income by Teaching Graphic Design.

With options to read the ebook, listen to the audiobook, or view the video series, it’s time to transform visual presentations with Learning by Teaching Graphic Design.

Who is the target audience?
  • people who want to create compelling visual presentations
  • instructors who want to improve graphics for course content
  • entrepreneurs who want to earn additional income by Teaching Graphic Design
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
02:16:16
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Introduction
2 Lectures 02:57

Learning by Teaching Graphic Design. A beginners guide for creating stunning visual presentations using PowerPoint to manipulate photos, design illustrations, and create well composed slides. Written by John O’Laughlin. Narrated by the author.

Preview 00:28

Welcome to the world of graphic design. This production is a beginner’s guide for creating stunning visual presentations using PowerPoint.

Preview 02:29
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The Graphic Design Experience
10 Lectures 17:09

Madison Avenue is renowned for its advertising prowess and a distinctive approach to marketing and visual communication. To better understand how to create great looking visual presentations, we’ll need to explore the world through the eyes of a graphic designer. Design principles are at the heart of creating effective visuals to guide the eye and motivate the mind. Before we learn how to use graphic design principles, let’s first understand what they are.

Preview 00:40

What makes one design stand out from another? How can we recognize qualities of visual design? Let’s have some fun building a visual vocabulary together to gain an understanding of design principles. To support visual understanding through demonstrated examples of the design principles, we’ll use my collection of classic Batman trading cards.

Preview 00:42

Design Elements
01:08

The organization of design elements in a scene is done purposefully with applied use of design principles. What follows are descriptions of design principles with supporting illustrations.

Design Principles
04:07

Design principles are comprised of many different individual elements. To better understand the impact of combining design principles, let’s consider audience perception research based on the whole image.

Gestalt Principles
01:34

Now that you have had an introduction to design principles, it’s time to practice recognizing them. This learning activity is designed to contribute to your professional vocabulary and understanding of the techniques.

Preview 00:51

To search out an example of a slide, let’s access some slide shows. SlideShare is an online website with slide presentations. This will serve our purpose for searching out an example slide to critique.

PRACTICE Recognizing Slide Show Design Principles
02:24

To search out an example of a billboard, let’s search the topic billboard design best practices. We see quite a variety of approaches to choose from.

PRACTICE Recognizing Billboard Design Principles
01:11

To search out an example of a print ad, let’s search the topic print ad design best practices. Notice the amount of negative space in many of the examples. For our purpose, we’ll select one with quite a bit of negative space and one with quite a bit of detail.

PRACTICE Recognizing Print Ad Design Principles
02:15

Now that you’ve seen a demonstration of how to critique and evaluate applied design principles, it’s time to build your portfolio of learning. As you go through this production, use the practice sessions for building a learning portfolio. To get started, participate in the practice exercise of searching out three examples of visual designs and describe the applied design principles. Save the work in your portfolio of learning.

PRACTICE Capturing Your Learning
02:17
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Manipulating Photos with PowerPoint in Place of Photoshop
8 Lectures 15:56

Many of the techniques done with professional photo manipulation tools such as Photoshop can be done with presentation tools like PowerPoint. While high end graphics require specialty tools, we can still benefit from applying about 80% of the techniques using PowerPoint. The benefit of using PowerPoint for graphics is that we can work with just one tool to create presentations and images.

Preview 01:27

Let’s begin by seeing the outcome of photo effects applied to three images. Photo effects can be used to manipulate the color of an image, the artistic style of the image, and the shape of the image.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize three photographs on a slide.

PRACTICE Photo Effects
01:31

Let’s begin by reviewing a before and after comparison of applying transparency to images by removing the background. The image on the left has a solid red background color that we want to remove. The image on the right shows the image with the background removed.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize a photograph on a slide.

Preview 00:35

Let’s begin by reviewing a before and after comparison of applying transparency to images by removing the background. The image on the left has a solid red background color that we want to remove. The image on the right shows the image with the background removed.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize a photograph on a slide.

Preview 04:09

Let’s begin by viewing a composite image of how layered images appear on a slide. Layered content allows for creating depth in a scene by staging objects in a visual sequence.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize multiple photographs on a slide. Note that in this demonstration, one of the images is the image with transparency from our previous work. The ability to use previous techniques is a characteristic of building skills and growing a portfolio to advance the look of your presentations. Our progressive approach to learning includes deconstructing skills to understand them and then applying them in a purposeful way to accomplish design objectives.

PRACTICE Layers Set Up
00:55

Let’s begin by viewing a composite image of how layered images appear on a slide. Layered content allows for creating depth in a scene by staging objects in a visual sequence.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize multiple photographs on a slide. Note that in this demonstration, one of the images is the image with transparency from our previous work. The ability to use previous techniques is a characteristic of building skills and growing a portfolio to advance the look of your presentations. Our progressive approach to learning includes deconstructing skills to understand them and then applying them in a purposeful way to accomplish design objectives.

PRACTICE Layers Demo
03:38

Unity is the feeling of harmony among the elements of a scene which creates a sense of completeness. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized series of demonstrated effects and styles that unify each collection. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • Three images that support a common theme

  • Text with the following words: original color effects styles

  • A rectangular shape

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Unity Set Up
00:48

Unity is the feeling of harmony among the elements of a scene which creates a sense of completeness. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized series of demonstrated effects and styles that unify each collection. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • Three images that support a common theme

  • Text with the following words: original color effects styles

  • A rectangular shape

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Unity Demo
02:53
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Creating Illustrations with PowerPoint in Place of Illustrator
8 Lectures 34:02

Many of the techniques done with professional vector drawing tools such as Illustrator can be done with presentation tools like PowerPoint. While high end graphics require specialty tools, we can still benefit from applying about 80% of the techniques using PowerPoint. The benefit of using PowerPoint for graphics is that we can work with just one tool to create presentations and images.

Preview 01:26

Shape is created through lines that intersect or cross to enclose a space. Most presentation software programs have built in tools for drawing iconic shapes. For this practice session on designing basic shapes, we’ll begin with a blank slide and work with the built in vector drawing design tools in PowerPoint.

PRACTICE Designing Basic Shapes Set Up
00:33

Shape is created through lines that intersect or cross to enclose a space. Most presentation software programs have built in tools for drawing iconic shapes. For this practice session on designing basic shapes, we’ll begin with a blank slide and work with the built in vector drawing design tools in PowerPoint.

PRACTICE Designing Basic Shapes Demo
07:54

The visual organization of content in a scene can be supported with custom shapes to guide the eye. To begin our practice for creating custom shapes, let’s visualize the finished composition. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items for your practice.

  • Three photographs

  • A headline

  • A rectangular shape

  • Filler text
PRACTICE Creating Custom Shapes Set Up
00:49

The visual organization of content in a scene can be supported with custom shapes to guide the eye. To begin our practice for creating custom shapes, let’s visualize the finished composition. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items for your practice.

  • Three photographs

  • A headline

  • A rectangular shape

  • Filler text
PRACTICE Creating Custom Shapes Demo
05:49

To begin our practice learning Gestalt Principles by creating examples, let’s visualize the finished composition. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items for your practice.

  • A rectangular shape

  • Text

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Gestalt Principles Set Up
01:28

To begin our practice learning Gestalt Principles by creating examples, let’s visualize the finished composition. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items for your practice.

  • A rectangular shape

  • Text

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Gestalt Principles Demo
10:19

Similarity is the use of repetition or patterns to support unity in a scene. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized image comprised primarily of variations of one similar shape to provide unity in the composition. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A rectangle shape

  • A circle shape

  • A reference image
Preview 05:44
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Applying Madison Avenue Design Style to Your Slides
12 Lectures 44:37

As noted earlier, Madison Avenue is renowned for its advertising prowess and a distinctive approach to marketing and visual communication. To advance understanding for creating great looking visual presentations, we’ll now explore the world through the hands of a graphic designer by applying the most used techniques. Design principles are at the heart of creating effective visuals to guide the eye and motivate the mind. The upcoming practice exercises will help you design visuals like they came from Madison Avenue.

Preview 00:44

Using a style guide is a great way to add consistency to visual presentations. A style guide will support the brand of visual communication. To create a style guide, follow four steps.

  1. Identify the characteristics of your product, service, or presentation

  2. Select colors that support the brand

  3. Select typography that supports the brand

  4. Organize the style attributes into a one page guide
PRACTICE Creating a Style Guide in Four Steps
07:03

Emphasis is the part of the design that catches the viewer’s attention. Emphasis is achieved by exaggerating one area of a design from another by differences in size, color, texture, or shape.

To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized presentation with emphasis on headline words to draw the eye. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A headline with the following words: capture attention with thick and thin headline words to communicate quickly

  • Filler text

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Emphasis Set Up
00:56

Emphasis is the part of the design that catches the viewer’s attention. Emphasis is achieved by exaggerating one area of a design from another by differences in size, color, texture, or shape.

To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized presentation with emphasis on headline words to draw the eye. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A headline with the following words: capture attention with thick and thin headline words to communicate quickly

  • Filler text

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Emphasis Demo
04:22

Alignment is the visual organization of content in a scene. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized collection of objects that uses a grid like pattern for structure. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A rectangular shape duplicated to 4 smaller shapes, 1 medium shape, and 1 large shape

  • A circle shape

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Alignment Set Up
00:43

Alignment is the visual organization of content in a scene. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized collection of objects that uses a grid like pattern for structure. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A rectangular shape duplicated to 4 smaller shapes, 1 medium shape, and 1 large shape

  • A circle shape

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Alignment Demo
06:20

Hierarchy is the visual staging of objects in a scene to support an organized flow of information. Hierarchy is achieved through emphasis on the focal point in the scene followed by movement by guiding the eye through the natural flow of other supporting objects in the scene. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized composition that establishes a focal point and movement of the eye through the scale of objects in the scene. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A circle shape

  • Text with the following words: scale visuals to establish a hierarchy to guide the eye for instant communication.

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Hierarchy Set Up
00:59

Hierarchy is the visual staging of objects in a scene to support an organized flow of information. Hierarchy is achieved through emphasis on the focal point in the scene followed by movement by guiding the eye through the natural flow of other supporting objects in the scene. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized composition that establishes a focal point and movement of the eye through the scale of objects in the scene. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A circle shape

  • Text with the following words: scale visuals to establish a hierarchy to guide the eye for instant communication.

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Hierarchy Demo
06:43

Infographics simplify complex information through visual organization. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized timeline that can be customized with data and icons to tell a visual story. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A rectangular shape

  • Filler text

  • A headline

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Infographics Set Up
00:41

Infographics simplify complex information through visual organization. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the finished composition.The outcome of the work will be a visually organized timeline that can be customized with data and icons to tell a visual story. To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A rectangular shape

  • Filler text

  • A headline

  • A reference image
PRACTICE Infographics Demo
10:37

Exporting a series of slides as graphics is a great way to generate a collection of visuals for a production in a short amount of time. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the documents library with the exported images. The outcome of the work is a collection of visuals that can be used in other productions.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A series of slides in PowerPoint


PRACTICE Exporting Set Up
00:42

Exporting a series of slides as graphics is a great way to generate a collection of visuals for a production in a short amount of time. To begin our practice, let’s visualize the documents library with the exported images. The outcome of the work is a collection of visuals that can be used in other productions.

To practice the techniques you are about to see in our step by step demonstration, organize the following items:

  • A series of slides in PowerPoint
PRACTICE Exporting Demo
04:47
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Advancing from Learner to Teacher
1 Lecture 02:59

Teaching others is an effective way to reinforce learning. During this production, you have been invited to create your own portfolio of learning by seeing, doing, and teaching. To transition from learner to teacher, let’s understand the three step process of capturing and compiling learning, designing practice activities, and teaching by coaching.

Advancing from Learner to Teacher
02:59
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Leveraging Adult Learning Strategies
1 Lecture 17:30

To help you build a foundational approach to developing your training content, let’s understand how to leverage adult learning strategies. Adult learners have life experiences to draw upon and they want to put the learning into use right away. By designing learning experiences rather than just training content, you can support the goal of allowing immediate practical application of learning. Throughout this training, you will see examples of demonstrations and practice exercises  to support seeing, doing, and even teaching to activate higher cognitive learning.

Leveraging Adult Learning Strategies
17:30
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One More Thing
1 Lecture 01:06

First, thank you for spending time with this production. I hope that you have learned from the experience and I want to reward you with applied use of the learning. 

Teaching others is a great way to expand learning. If you would like to teach others what you have just learned please contact John O’Laughlin.

One More Thing
01:06
About the Instructor
John O'Laughlin
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Director of Learning Innovation

Hi I'm John. Helping people learn challenging things quickly is what I thrive on. People want to improve performance, advance in careers, and enrich skills through a practical approach to applied learning. I’ve been a student of developing creative and rewarding ways to learn through 20 years of media experience as an Emmy award winning producer and innovative leader for creative professionals working with Disney, Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. I’ve discovered the value of student focused approaches by teaching at 7 colleges simultaneously at one point while developing effective training and development for live and online instruction. During the recent 10 years I also earned advanced degrees in adult learning to soak up an enthusiasm for learning while managing a busy schedule.

The Udemy environment allows you and me to interact through an engaging interface that evolves and benefits from each student experience in a constructive way. Together, we’ll contribute to discussion threads that grow over time. Work is invited to be shared and reviewed for constructive critiques and feedback.

I have a passion for creating engaging instruction that is easy to learn, and which generates powerful outcomes. I'm confident that anything can be learned with a supportive instructor coach, a well-designed curriculum, and an enthusiasm for learning.

My role as instructor is also to be continually engaged in learning from each class and each student so that the subject matter evolves and improves. Life is learning and I enjoy life. Let's learn together.