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Master Graphic Design & Software with Practical Projects

Lindsay Marsh, Over 300,000 Design Students & Counting!

Master Graphic Design & Software with Practical Projects

Lindsay Marsh, Over 300,000 Design Students & Counting!

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61 Lessons (10h 22m)
    • 1. Course Preview

      3:41
    • 2. Course Guide

      2:52
    • 3. Creating Badges Part 1

      9:53
    • 4. Creating Badges Part 2

      9:56
    • 5. Creating Badges Part 3

      6:20
    • 6. Logo Design for Our Package Design Project

      15:14
    • 7. Package Design Getting Started

      9:23
    • 8. Package Design - Photo Editing

      13:18
    • 9. Package Design - Photo Editing part 2

      6:21
    • 10. Getting started in Illustrator

      12:24
    • 11. Layout and Design

      9:55
    • 12. Finishing Up

      6:51
    • 13. Working with Adobe Dimensions

      7:43
    • 14. Backside Design

      16:57
    • 15. Exporting and Print Prep

      6:06
    • 16. Book Cover Design - Discovering Your Concept

      14:55
    • 17. Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Cover Ideas

      13:58
    • 18. Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Photo Editing

      10:39
    • 19. Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Non-Destructive Editing

      13:12
    • 20. Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Spine, Bleed and Exporting

      9:00
    • 21. Book Cover Design - Romance Novel - Exporting

      6:05
    • 22. Non-Fiction Book Cover - Getting Started

      9:54
    • 23. Non-Fiction Book Cover - Pill Image

      8:56
    • 24. Non-Fiction Book Cover - Typography and the Title

      13:17
    • 25. Non-Fiction Book Cover - The Background

      11:15
    • 26. Non-Fiction Book Cover - Spine and Back

      10:55
    • 27. Non-Fiction Book Cover - The Back and Exporting

      12:41
    • 28. Children's Book Cover - The Title

      12:52
    • 29. Children's Book Cover - Drawing and Sketching

      11:39
    • 30. Children's Book Cover - Exporting

      3:00
    • 31. Youtube Thumbnail

      12:32
    • 32. Youtube Thumbnail - part 2

      11:22
    • 33. Album Art Cover

      10:33
    • 34. Album Art Cover - Highlights and Shadows

      9:30
    • 35. Album Art Cover - Exporting

      11:58
    • 36. Magazine Article Spread

      11:43
    • 37. Magazine Article Spread - Working with photos

      10:05
    • 38. Magazine Article Spread - inside spread

      14:28
    • 39. Magazine Front Cover

      11:24
    • 40. Magazine Front Cover - Working with Titles

      7:46
    • 41. Magazine Front Cover - Exporting

      10:42
    • 42. Conference Branding - Getting Started

      11:32
    • 43. Conference Branding - Logo Design

      12:44
    • 44. Conference Branding - Colors

      14:28
    • 45. Conference Branding - Final Logo

      7:37
    • 46. Conference Branding - Color Matching

      6:36
    • 47. Conference Branding - Poster Design

      11:19
    • 48. Conference Branding - Editing Images

      10:48
    • 49. Conference Branding - Lanyards

      12:58
    • 50. Conference Branding - Lanyards - part 2

      8:09
    • 51. Conference Branding - Client Presentation

      12:56
    • 52. Conference Branding - File Prep

      9:32
    • 53. Conference Branding - Postcard

      11:03
    • 54. Conference Branding - Postcard Back

      10:01
    • 55. Conference Branding - Large Banner

      10:05
    • 56. Conference Branding - Large Banner Exporting

      6:50
    • 57. Conference Branding - Facebook Ads

      11:17
    • 58. Conference Branding - Facebook Ads part 2

      6:00
    • 59. Conference Branding - Powerpoint Slides

      7:33
    • 60. Conference Branding - Display Ads

      12:01
    • 61. Conference Branding - Display Ads - Part 2

      6:57
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About This Class

Do you like to learn by doing practical real-world projects? This project-based course is extensive, starting at beginner level and moving all the way to advanced level design projects. With over 10+ hours of video-based project learning this course was created to appeal to graphic design students of any level and can help expose students to all the most popular graphic design projects while learning software and design principles.

We master all aspects of design including theory, layout, color, exporting and preparing files for print, working with digital and print files and of course mastering the Adobe software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. 



We will walk through step by step the creation of: 



Badges and Seals



Logo Design

A Complete Package Design for a food project, including the front, back, labels and print preparation.

We cover Book cover design and we conquer three different types of book covers including a romance novel, a non-fiction book and an illustrative children’s book cover. We talk about what makes a solid book cover and follow basic layout principles, use grids, work with typography and learn how to create concepts that pop using examples as our guide. 



 

We will conquer digital projects as well including going over what makes compelling YouTube cover photos and we will create a dynamic one together.


We even talk about creating digital art and as we create an eclectic modern album art cover. 



Then, we master editorial design as we create a dynamic cover for a home cooking magazine as well as a full article spread. We talk about how to work with larger blocks of text, font pairing and headlines and how to maximize both Photoshop and InDesign to maximize our impact. 



 

Last, but certainly not least we will have a 4+ hour advanced section for those looking for more detailed real-world projects. We will create from scratch the entire branding package for a conference including the Logo design, lanyards, posters, advertising, a digital marketing campaign, large format welcome banners and even a postcard.

This extensive section is perfect for those looking to learn how to export and work with files of all types, how to export, prepare and save them for professional print or for the press.

This section goes into an entire new level of detail that will satisfy those curious on how to take on real large-scale graphic design projects for clients. 



 

This course is prefect for those who prefer a project-based hands on learning approach and for those who love to see all types of different projects being created. This course is great for those wanting to learn and maximize Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and learn tons and tons of new tools along the way that can speed up your workflow.

This course is great for beginners, advanced designers and everyone in-between, there is something for everyone, so let’s master graphic design by creating some fantastic and professional level projects together! 


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1. Course Preview: do you like to learn by doing practical real world projects? This project based courses extensive starting at beginner level and moving all the way to advanced level design projects. With over 10 hours of video based project learning, this course was created to appeal to graphic design students of any level. It can help expose students to the most popular graphic design projects while learning software and design principles. We master all aspects of design, including theory, layout, color, exporting and preparing files for print, working with digital and print files and, of course, mastering the Adobe software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photo Shop and in Design. We will walk through the step by step creation, off badges and seal graphics. Local Design, a complete package designed for a food product including the front back labels and prep preparation way, will cover book covered sign As we conquer three different types of book covers, including a romance novel, a nonfiction book and an illustrated Children's book cover. We talk about what makes a solid book cover and follow basic layout principles, using grids, working with typography and learning how to create concepts that pop using examples as our guide, we will conquer digital projects as well, including going over what makes a compelling YouTube cover photo and will create a dynamic one together way. Even talk about creating digital art as we create an eclectic modern album are covered. Then we master editorial design as we create a dynamic cover for a home cooking magazine as well as a full article spread. We talk about how to work with larger blocks of text, fought pairing and headlines, and had a maximize both Photoshopped and End, designed to maximize our impact. Last but certainly not least will have a four hour advanced section for those looking for more detailed real world projects will create from scratch the entire branding package for a conference, including the local design branding, lanyards, posters advertising a digital marketing campaign, large format, welcome banners and even a postcard. This extensive section is perfect for those looking toe. Learn how to export and work with files of all types how to export, prepare and save them for professional print or the press. This section goes into an entire new level of detail that will satisfy those curious on how to take on riel large scale rapid design projects for clients. This course is perfect for those who prefer a project based hands on learning approach. And for those who love to see all types of different projects being created, this course is great for those wanting to learn and maximize. Adobe Photoshopped, illustrator in and design and learn tons and tons of new tools along the way that could speed up your This course is great for beginners, advanced designers and everyone in between. There's something for everyone. So let's master bracket designed by creating some fantastic and professional level projects together. 2. Course Guide: first of all, welcome to the course, and I'm glad he decided to join me for this project filled design journey. And I hope this course provides you with all the knowledge you need to feel confident in graphic design, practical application and creating real world design projects. The core central you watch was a great overview all the different sections in the class. But I wanted to break everything down and guide you through the sections so you could know the best way to go through the course. The first section starts with beginner level design projects, and it slowly builds up to more intermediate, advanced projects. I want you to start at the project that fits best with your skill level. I recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through each project to find that starting point for you. The earlier projects focus heavily on tools and tips. Why later Projects focuses more on producing a final product, exporting files and design theory and a little bit less on individual tools. It could be that your best starting point for your skill level is the beginning package design project or that you're starting port will be the book cover project some of you may want to skip to the advanced project. The key here is to take this course at your own pace, as all of you will have different skill levels, and most of you will want to start earlier in on the course to maximize your time in the course you will see attached to this lesson in the course are two very important files. One file will provide a full list of external resource is used during the class like free photos, fonts, blogged articles and graphic assets. There's also a second larger ZIP file that contains all of the internal resource is used throughout the class, including helpful templates. Guides and project files during the course will be challenged to create a few student projects. I would love to see these projects and give feedback when I can. Also, there is a student Facebook group exclusive for you guys of all my courses, where you can post projects and get feedback and also personally message me you conjoined by typing in learn design, go freelance and the Facebook search bar. We also hold monthly design challenges there. Why I challenge you to create a different design project each month, and each student project is reviewed during a live video stream. If you're not on Facebook, don't worry. I have a YouTube channel where I also post the design challenges so you can still participate. You can reach my YouTube channel at youtube dot com slash Lindsay Marsh. You can reach out to me anytime with questions and feel free to post in the Q and a section of this course along the way. And now that she have your files were ready to start the first project section, I'll see you there. 3. Creating Badges Part 1: when it comes to doing graphic design projects, it really helps to know how to do badges. So badges could be stand alone logos or that could be stickers on products or package designs were gonna create a couple of badges for this right here. Good to see a little example of what we're gonna end up creating. I'm going to show you all the different varieties in different ways. We could do badges and borders and shapes. Ah, so that you can know how to do these really easily for a lot of different things. You can put this on a flyer. He could put this on package designs. Just so nice to know how to do a wide variety of badges. So we're in Adobe Illustrator, and we're gonna go ahead and get started. This is our basic text. 100% organic. We're gonna have 100% in the middle, being a little bit larger. We're going to some circular text around the badge. So let's find out all the different borders we can create. We can create your typical circle just like this, and then switch that to a stroke and we have a simple circle badge that we can fill in. But what if we want to copy this and I'm just gonna hold down option and then drags? I could easily copy it. So let's say we want to add a little bit of style to a border. We can go ahead and select our object, go to effect, go down to distort and transform, and let's try zigzag at first and you'll recognize this pattern right away. Were to go and click on preview, and you're going to be able to create a wide variety of badge textures here. You could change the amount of ridges around by increasing these bottom section. So you create a very tight, almost a re see peanut butter cup. Look just like that, where you can make it a lot tighter and less ridges so you can kind of see can do quite a wide variety of one's. This way, if we click on the smooth, it's gonna do a nice, rounded corner for each of those. So it's not a sharp edge, so I'm gonna go ahead and just repeat that. Go ahead and create our clean circle. I want you guys to do this just to practice a few times we're gonna goto effect destroyed, just distort and transform Go down to zigzag And let's do maybe a sharp corner Maybe not as many with this one we could see for sale badges and kind of attention grabbing badges that she can use on advertisements. That zigzag, Let's try a different method. We're gonna go back up to effect distorted transform. And let's try one that's called Pucker and Balut. We're gonna go and click on preview, and we're gonna increase the bloat just a little bit. If you do it too much, it will be a little bit dramatic. We're just gonna do a little bit of a pucker and bloating kind of almost see a flower badge developing. We can increase the pucker to do almost a diamond shape. It's a lot of different things we can do here with creating different bad shapes. So I'm continuing to use the distort and transform zigzag option to create a wide variety of different options. So with badges, you could go ahead and flip this to a Phil and weaken drag in our text on top and white, and that could look just fine are. Sometimes you can add a little more detail to a seal or a badge to kind of get a little more complexity, a little bit more authenticity. Looks a little bit more vintage. We're gonna do just that was going to draw a typical circle. Let's try this one. For now, we're gonna go ahead and zoom in and focus on this one. I was creating a little border on the inside and all A lot of times, instead of having the same stroke with on both of those, I'll usually lighten the stroke on the inside border so it doesn't have too many strong lines competing with each other. Some just in my stroke panel. Go ahead, bring that out and just reduce that just a little bit so that you have kind of a nice border there. So some people add multiple warders and and different things going on and depends on what you're gonna put in your badge. You could even have multiple ones. And let's say I want to make sure the spacing between these two lines with same I can highlight both of those. I'm gonna go up to my align options and I'm doing all the center alignment. So horizontal align center. I'm gonna do a vertical align center, just doing all the center ones. And this is a little neat trick. If you want to have everything be perfectly aligned all the way around in the center, you could do the same thing. I could select all of these lines, go up to a line click on all the align centers. And now I know there's the same spacing between all of these elements. I could even have different contrast between my l