Graphic Design Fundamentals in Canva: Learn GREAT Design:Theory & Projects

Lindsay Marsh, Teacher & Freelance Designer 14+ Years ✅

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32 Lessons (3h 42m)
    • 1. Module 1 lesson1 - Class Preview

      2:26
    • 2. Module 1 lesson2 What is Graphic Design

      2:03
    • 3. MODULE 2 Lesson1 Why Canva?

      1:17
    • 4. MODULE 2 Lesson2 Getting Comfortable with Canva

      11:00
    • 5. MODULE 2 Lesson3 Canva Diving Deeper

      9:42
    • 6. MODULE 2 Lesson4 Layering System

      9:33
    • 7. MODULE 2 Lesson5 Saving Files

      3:43
    • 8. Module3 lesson1 Typography Type Styles

      4:43
    • 9. Module3 lesson2 Typography - Using Type in Layout and Design

      2:49
    • 10. MODULE 3 Lesson3 Font Pairing

      4:39
    • 11. MODULE 3 Lesson4 Create A Poster Using Only Typography

      11:36
    • 12. Module3 lesson5 Biz Card & Type Hierarchy

      14:48
    • 13. MODULE 3 Lesson6 Type Trends

      2:31
    • 14. Module 4 lesson1 Photos and Design

      3:06
    • 15. Module4 lesson2 Cropping Photography

      9:45
    • 16. Module4 lesson3 Photo Filter sand Effects

      9:07
    • 17. Module4 lesson4 Book Cover part1

      8:46
    • 18. Module4 lesson4 Book Cover part2

      11:57
    • 19. Module 5 Lesson 1 Color Theory

      3:19
    • 20. MODULE 5 Lesson2 Color and Emotions

      3:25
    • 21. Module 5 lesson3 color pallette

      6:47
    • 22. Module 5 Lesson 4 Logo Design part1

      8:29
    • 23. Module 5 Lesson 4 Logo Design part2

      7:38
    • 24. Module 6 Lesson 1 Layout and Blocking

      3:30
    • 25. Module 6 lesson 2 Let's Create A Social Media Graphic

      9:21
    • 26. Module 6 lesson 3 Let's Create A Flyer

      15:43
    • 27. Module 6 Lesson 4 Brochure Design Part1

      8:58
    • 28. GDF Module 6 Lesson4 BrochureDesign Part2

      17:33
    • 29. Module 7 Lesson1 BrochureDesign Photo Copyrights

      5:07
    • 30. Module 7 Lesson 2 Free resources

      3:52
    • 31. Module 7 Lesson 3 PAID resources

      2:04
    • 32. Module 8 BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO

      2:22
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Project Description

Let me see what portfolio pieces you are creating!  In Module 8, I tasked you guys to start building a portfolio. Here are the following project options. 

MODULE 8 – Start Your Design Portfolio!

Let’s take everything we have learned in this course and let’s start to create our first portfolio pieces.

PROJECT 1 – Create a Large Poster 

I want you to apply all the principles we have learned so far to create a poster for a local event that will posted in the local coffee house. The poster needs to include: main headline, contact information, call to action, photo or photos. Make sure you design the poster with proper balance in mind, as well as show nice use of color, font mixing and photo choices. Of course have fun with this project and feel free to be as creative as you like with the layout and type of event the poster will be for. 

PROJECT 2 – Create a Business Card

Everyone needs a good business card, now is the time to create one using Canva! Create a two sided business card that contains your name, contact information and any other helpful content that you would like to include. Keep the design clean and simple, so only include information you deem necessary or important to the viewer.  I also want you to export the file as a 2 page pdf with crop marks so that you have a file that is ready to send off to the printer. As an added bonus, export the file as a jpeg for a digital version of your business card, to include as an email signature. 

PROJECT 3 – Create a Instagram and Facebook Advertising Image 

I want you to create social media images that advertise a local hair salon. It needs to include a main headline (short) and a call to action.  Make sure it effectively communicates your main message. Both the Instagram and facebook images need to have similar content and styles for brand consistency. 

 

PROJECT 4 – Create a Tri-fold brochure

This will be the most challenging project, so if you need to re-watch the brochure lessons feel free to. This one will take EVERYTHING you have learned in this entire class and give you a chance to apply it to this brochure design. I want this brochure to have an outside and an inside (so two total pages) in Canva.

LEGAL: 

Please be sure to check out canva.com legal section on their support page to check on licences and your rights to use their elements and graphics on logos and other items you may be designing. ​You are free to use any .jpg  .png or graphic you import, as long as you have the rights to that graphic. Using their pre-made symbols and graphics for t-shirts and logos is a gray area, so just double check the legal section and feel free to send them an e-mail about proper usage of graphics on their website as their terms may change from time to time. 

https://support.canva.com​

 

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