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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Visual Effects in Logo Design

    Learn about six different visual effects, from transparency to optical illusion, that you can use in your logo concepts to communicate the right message.

    1h 35m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for frog's FEMA Disaster Relief Innovation

    Find out how the design firm frog helped FEMA create a plan for a community-run disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    24m 53s
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  • view course page for Designing a Digital Magazine

    Learn what it takes to design a digital magazine and make vibrant, engaging publications for today's digital subscribers.

    2h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Logo for a Band

    A great band deserves a great logo. Learn how to take a client brief and turn rough ideas into a polished logo design.

    1h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Grunge Poster

    Learn how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a distressed type treatment inspired by Grunge.

    23m 48s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Constructivist Poster

    Create a poster design that invokes the style, spirit, and typography of the Constructivist movement.

    32m 30s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing an Infographic

    Learn how to build an infographic that makes complex information easy to understand and visually compelling.

    1h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Digital and Variable Data Printing

    Learn about the possibilities and limitations of digital printing and working with variable data.

    58m 4s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Dada Poster

    Build a Dada-esque typography treatment with Photoshop, Illustrator, and period-appropriate typefaces and color palettes.

    25m 50s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Art Nouveau Poster

    Recreate a type treatment in the Art Nouveau style, using Illustrator, Photoshop, and historically appropriate typefaces and color palettes.

    53m 47s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Victorian Ad

    Learn how to create a new design inspired by nineteenth-century Victorian type styles, using period-appropriate fonts, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

    1h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: From Sketch to Finished Vector Illustration

    Watch Von take a simple, scanned sketch and turn it into colorful, vector-based artwork with Adobe Illustrator.

    1h 18m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Shapes and Symbols in Logo Design

    Learn how shapes and symbols help designers weave a story into their logo designs, and explore the mystery behind these forms.

    1h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Prepress and Press Checks

    Learn how to prepare your files for print and conduct a press check successfully.

    1h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Developing a Mood Board

    Learn how to curate and present a mood board that will keep your project, your design team, and your clients on track.

    18m 43s
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  • view course page for Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail

    Add dimension, texture, and color to your designs with Adobe Illustrator, and make your illustrations more rich and unique.

    5h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Typography: Color, Contrast, and Scale

    Learn to enhance the clarity and impact of your type—and your message—with effective use of color, contrast, and scale.

    45m 29s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Packaging

    Learn about the basics of creating artwork for packages in ways that are practical for manufacturing and shipping, and make the products visually appealing.

    1h 47m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Running a Design Business: Creative Briefs

    Learn to write and use a creative brief for client-commissioned projects and ensure you have a roadmap for developing great design.

    1h 13m
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  • view course page for Developing Ideas and Design Concepts

    Learn to communicate and develop an idea through brainstorming and sketching.

    1h 39m
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting

    Learn about the various types of embossing and die cutting as well as the proper ways to set up your documents to achieve consistent results.

    1h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Logo Design

    Learn to avoid pitfalls, improve your design process, respond to demanding clients, and solve the creative problems that are involved in building a brand's identity.

    2h 34m
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  • view course page for Designing a Presentation

    Create an engaging presentation (in PowerPoint, Keynote, or any other presentation software), to better reach your audience and emphasize your message.

    2h 14m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Running a Design Business: Starting Small

    Transition your freelance design career into a small business, one step at a time.

    1h 33m
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  • view course page for Before & After: Graphic Design Techniques

    Simple techniques to improve your layouts and refresh your creative vision, from the founder of Before & After magazine.

    1h 7m
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  • view course page for Designing a Book

    Designing a Book Nigel French

    Explore the components of an elegant and readable book design, and the setup and strategy for designing a book in Adobe InDesign.

    4h 13m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish

    Open a wide range of practical and creative options by learning how to add spot colors and varnishes to your print designs.

    1h 58m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreements

    Learn to protect you and your client's interests and ensure a great creative design with a well-written contract.

    1h 10m
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  • view course page for Running a Design Business: Freelancing

    Provides tools and insights for self-employed designers just starting out.

    1h 23m
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  • view course page for Designing a Logo for a Media Company

    Learn how to approach the challenges presented when creating a logo for a media company.

    53m 51s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing an Invitation

    Learn to create an eye-catching and welcoming invitation using the Adobe Creative Suite.

    1h 16m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know

    Simple graphic design techniques from Before & After magazine to make your page, screen, or presentation look and perform its best.

    1h 5m
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  • view course page for Drawing Vector Graphics

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

    2h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Developing a Style Guide

    Explains the components that make an instructive style guide, and the elements that create a strong brand identity.

    23m 25s
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  • view course page for Designing a Magazine Cover

    Examine all the components of a magazine cover—the page that brands and sells a magazine to readers.

    2h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Restaurant Menu

    Shows how to create cost-effective, elegantly styled menus with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

    2h 46m
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  • view course page for Designing a CD Cover

    Shows how to design a CD package using a combination of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, and Acrobat.

    3h 10m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Book Cover

    A step-by-step approach to creating professional book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications.

    2h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for On Getting Published

    lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman asks business coach and professional mentor Peleg Top to join her in the studio to share this method of raising a designer’s visibility by contributing to elegantly presented publications.

    19m 19s
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  • view course page for Designing a Newsletter

    How to build an eye-catching newsletter with an efficient workflow integrating text and images using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    3h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Magazine Layout

    Effective design and production techniques utilizing the best features of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

    3h 25m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Brochure

    Explores the creative process, giving designers options for producing brochures that are both stylish and cost-effective.

    3h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Poster

    Explores the creative process through a variety of approaches, generating over a dozen poster designs.

    2h 16m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Business Card

    Learn to make a business card professional and functional.

    36m 7s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Logo

    Designing a Logo Nigel French

    Discusses the principles and techniques of what makes a logo work, type-only designs, type treatments, and logo symbols.

    2h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Working with Color

    Explores color principles, including value, hue and color relationships, digital color mixing, shifting, saturation, tinting, shading, toning, and swatch creation.

    4h 53m
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“I have yet to find a course that I didn't find useful, well organized, and informative. And it's always at my fingertips.” —Leslie M.
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