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Graphic Design for Beginners Part 3 - Learn and Apply Effective Color

Chad Neuman, Ph.D., Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

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4 Videos (25m)
    • Introduction to Color in Graphic Design

    • Color Terminology in Graphic Design

    • Color Wheels and Harmony in Graphic Design

    • [PROJECT] Create a Color Wheel


About This Class

In this third part of the Graphic Design for Beginners Series, you will learn and apply effective colors and design a color wheel. Note: Please enroll in part 1 of this series by clicking on my profile and finding Graphic Design for Beginners Part 1 in order to download the support files or navigate to

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Great overview of how to use the color tools in the Adobe suite, as well as some info on RGB/CMYK. Unfortunately, saying that "some printers can print RGB" is misleading if not out right false - NO printer can print RGB, they'll merely accept your RGB files and produce something similar. It's physically impossible for a printer to print in RGB, seeing as it's additive and based on light. If you give a printer an RGB file, it will be converted to CMYK (either by the technician, or by the printer itself) - this might not give you the result you want! If you're designing for print, only use CMYK to be safe!
Great class! Thank you!
Short and sweet, gives you a clear idea of what InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop can do in terms of colors. Sometimes I felt a bit overwhelmed with the RGB-CMYK reference as a beginner- I feel like the differences between them and when to use which one could have been explained a bit clearer. Otherwise a great course!





Chad Neuman, Ph.D.

Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

I'm currently a full-time university professor of graphic design and digital journalism. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers.

And now, you can learn from me as well!

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