Design Skills

Flex your design muscles! These tutorials help you build your design skills one lesson at a time, following along with experts such as John McWade, Sean Adams, and illustrator Von Glitschka. Training varies from project-based courses on designing a business card, a logo, or an entire brand identity, to courses that steep you in the history and universal principles of design.

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  • view course page for Before & After: Graphic Design Best Practices

    John McWade presents a weekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work.

    1h 32m
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  • view course page for Foundations of Figure Drawing

    Learn the foundations of figure drawing: techniques for bringing the human form to life on paper. This introductory drawing class shows how to capture gesture and motion, work with live models, and understand human anatomy.

    2h 29m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Design Thinking: Lead Change in your Organization

    Learn how design thinking can lead to better designs and business solutions. Discover new strategies for ideation and problem solving, such as journey mapping, concepting, and prototyping.

    2h 9m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Drawing Good and Evil Comic Book Characters

    Learn how to draw comic book characters—villains and superheroes alike—in these simple drawing tutorials from Ben Bishop.

    2h 1m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Universal Principles of Design

    A weekly series exploring over 50 core design concepts, from the 80/20 rule to storytelling, all based on Will Lidwell's landmark design books, Universal Principles of Design.

    1h 58m
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  • view course page for Sketching for Product Design and AEC

    Visualize ideas for small-scale and mass production with just a pen and paper. Learn sketching basics such as how to quickly generate shapes and forms, using planes, various projection methods, line weights, and shade and shadow to bring product designs to life.

    3h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with the Concepts App

    Meet Concepts, the iPad app for sketching and design. Learn how to use its Freehand and Precision drawing modes and intuitive illustration toolset.

    2h 46m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Nathan Shedroff on Design Strategy and the Merging of Business and Design

    Kristin Ellison talks to Nathan Shedroff about the ways he's helping designers merge the qualitative and quantitative to better understand customers and pitch ideas to company leaders.

    1h 45m
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Inspiration

    This 5-day drawing challenge is about finding drawing inspiration with unconventional tools and techniques.

    29m 36s
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  • view course page for Drawing Vector Graphics

    Drawing Vector Graphics with Von Glitschka

    Join professional illustrative designer Von Glitschka as he shares his experience on how to research, sketch, build, and present vector graphics.

    3h 14m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating a 3D Logo in Photoshop

    Create your own 3D printed logo for signage or swag with the built-in features in Photoshop CC.

    21m 23s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Diversify Your Drawing

    Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and find new tools and inspiration to diversify your art. Share your work with the hashtag #5DayDraw.

    30m 25s
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  • view course page for Introduction to Transmedia Typography

    Learn about the future of typography in transmedia and mediatecture, which is changing the way designers develop and apply type to solve design challenges.

    53m 51s
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: Logo Design Tips and Tricks

    Learn how to design a simple, elegant logo—even if you've never designed one before—with these tips and tricks from Before & After creator John McWade.

    57m 20s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Infographics Fundamentals

    Infographics Fundamentals with Amy Balliett

    Create engaging and successful infographics that will stand out from the crowd.

    1h 11m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Communicating Through Drawing

    A 5-day drawing challenge designed for artists and nonartists who want to improve their communication skills and flex their creative muscles.

    29m 18s
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  • view course page for The Monster Drawing Workshop

    Tackle your monsters—one limb at a time. This monster drawing workshop teaches those who are new to drawing how to drop their inhibitions and let creativity take over.

    1h 0m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Graphic Design History: The Arts and Crafts Movement

    Learn about the history of the Arts and Crafts movement, including leading designers such as William Morris and Gustav Stickley, and its influences on contemporary design.

    1h 30m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Brand Identity Assets

    Learn about the design and delivery process for a brand identity project.

    1h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: How to Set Perfect Text

    Learn to set text perfectly, adjusting letterforms so they are balanced and beautiful, with these tips from lynda.com's Before & After guru John McWade.

    1h 3m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Designing an Illustrated Book

    Learn how to design an illustrated book, like a cookbook, children's book, or art book, with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

    2h 30m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Letterhead System

    Learn how to create a letterhead system, complete with envelope and stationery templates, to extend branding from business card to mailbox.

    23m 37s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Before & After Case Study: Small Business Identity Redesign

    John McWade walks us through the identity redesign for a small frame shop, reviewing the "before" and reframing the "after."

    59m 36s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Drawing and Painting in Photoshop - The Great Training

    Comic book illustrator and video game artist Daniel Lieske shares the tricks of the trade in this Photoshop training course, designed specifically for artists who want to transition their skills to a digital canvas.

    4h 40m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Textured Type Techniques

    Textured Type Techniques with Todd Gallopo

    Learn three analog techniques for creating textured typography: hand-cut type, transfer-textured type, and type with a chalky or hand-drawn look.

    24m 8s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape

    Learn how to quickly capture the atmosphere and mood of a landscape like an artist, and take the next step from sketching at home to sketching outside.

    3h 2m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Layout and Composition: Grids

    Learn why grids are so important and how to use them to create strong and consistent designs.

    1h 2m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Developing a Composition

    Learn to think about composition in terms of the visual interest and implied story by watching artist Mary Jane Begin create a brand-new comp from scratch.

    34m 2s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Folding

    The definitive course on creative folding for marketing, direct mail, and special events from the world's leading expert on folded formats.

    2h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Your Own Reality

    Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and draw a few alternate takes on reality. Share your work with the hashtag #5daydraw.

    50m 20s
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  • view course page for Designing a Business Card

    Designing a Business Card with Nigel French

    Learn how to design a business card that is eye-catching and functional.

    1h 4m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: Cropping Photographs

    Make your layouts more visually interesting and your images more powerful with cropping.

    46m 58s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Brochure

    Designing a Brochure with Nigel French

    Learn how to design brochures that are both stylish and cost-effective.

    2h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Different Ways to Draw

    Improve your drawing skills! Take a 5-day drawing challenge and experiment with different ways to draw.

    46m 10s
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  • view course page for Designing a Data Visualization

    Learn how to build a data visualization in Illustrator, using scripting for speed, accuracy, and repeatability.

    3h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Before & After Case Study: Informational Sign Redesign

    John McWade, founder of Before & After magazine, rebuilds a poorly designed informational sign, demonstrating the best, most engaging ways to showcase complex information.

    35m 50s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Hand-Drawn Type Portrait

    Watch a professional artist at work, Von Glitschka, as he creates a type-based portrait, or "type face," of director Alfred Hitchcock.

    1h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Drawing Vector Graphics: Hand Lettering

    Learn how to hand-letter type and turn your letterform drawings into pristine vector graphics and custom typography.

    4h 33m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Closer to Nature

    Exercise your drawing skills and become better at seeing and capturing the world around you with Von Glitschka's 5-day drawing challenge focused on drawing and personifying nature.

    43m 57s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Design Research

    Reignite your design process by incorporating relevant design research. This course introduces design research so that designers understand how critical it is to being able to construct great designs.

    2h 57m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Native American Tribal Illustration

    Von Glitschka develops an illustration based on iconic Native American imagery, drawing a rough sketch and transforming it into crisp vector artwork with Adobe Illustrator.

    2h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Acrylic Painting

    Learn to paint with acrylics. Will Kemp shows how to unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting with three step-by-step follow-along painting projects.

    3h 14m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artistic Concepts with Bert Monroy: Volume 2

    Learn what role materials, layers, and channels play in a digital art workflow, and how they can elevate your art and designs.

    1h 19m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Brainstorming Basics

    Brainstorming Basics with Stefan Mumaw

    Make your creative brainstorming sessions more effective and productive with these tips from creativity coach Stefan Mumaw.

    43m 6s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The Five-Step Creative Process

    Don't just generate a list of ideas; follow Stefan Mumaw's five-step process and make sure you are developing the most-effective solutions for your creative challenges.

    19m 45s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Symbolism in Nature

    Tackles the hidden symbolism behind how we depict our planet and teaches you how to use these symbols to give your logo designs more impact.

    1h 39m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Handmade Aesthetic in Logo Design

    Give logo designs a handmade aesthetic and add a sense of authenticity to your client's brand and messaging, with tips from LogoLounge founder Bill Gardner.

    1h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating and Using Textures for Design

    Learn how to collect and enhance real-world textures and integrate them into your digital designs.

    4h 8m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creativity Bootcamp

    Creativity Bootcamp with Stefan Mumaw

    Guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output and producing even more innovative ideas.

    48m 48s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Graphic Design History

    Focuses on the hows and whys of graphic design history, from Art Nouveau to new wave, detailing the development and evolution of specific styles, techniques, and genres.

    2h 16m
    Beginner
     
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