Design Techniques

Whether you're an aspiring graphic designer or simply a visual design enthusiast, learn about design techniques with our expert-led training. In these video courses, you'll get design tips, techniques, and best practices for using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and more.
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28 Design Techniques courses · 1,382 video tutorials
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  • view course page for Creative Quick Tips

    Creative Quick Tips with Justin Seeley

    Five-minute workflow improvements for creative pros, covering Photoshop, Illustrator, WordPress, and other tools designers commonly use.

    5h 48m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Deke's Techniques

    Deke's Techniques with Deke McClelland

    A collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects from computer graphics guru Deke McClelland.

    72h 51m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Pixel Playground

    Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

    Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy for a fun, self-contained project in Photoshop or Illustrator.

    15h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Creating and Adapting a Logo

    Creating and Adapting a Logo with Deke McClelland

    Learn how to create an eye-catching logo and adapt it to fit a variety of device-independent applications, from business cards to banner ads, using Illustrator and Photoshop.

    3h 29m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Gradient Meshes with Illustrator

    Learn how to create custom gradient meshes with these Illustrator tutorials.

    1h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Creating Retina Graphics with Photoshop and Illustrator

    Learn to create beautiful, HiDPI (aka retina) graphics for a variety of screen sizes, using the tools in Photoshop and Illustrator.

    1h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Illustrator CC for Web Design: Wireframing

    Learn everything you need to know about creating, using, and saving wireframes in Illustrator.

    2h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Designing Templates with Illustrator

    Discover how Illustrator templates can boost your productivity and keep your design elements consistent.

    19m 11s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Illustrator CC for Web Design: Core Concepts

    Find out how Illustrator fits into a modern web design workflow. Author Justin Seeley covers core concepts such as setting up a web workspace and building responsive templates in Illustrator.

    1h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Perspective Drawing with Illustrator

    Add a sense of depth and space with Illustrator's powerful perspective tools. Learn how to draw in perspective, and add, position, and scale objects so that they blend within your scene.

    26m 6s
    Appropriate for all
     
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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 Drawing Vector Graphics: Tribal Illustration

    Learn how to create tribal-style vector illustrations with Adobe Illustrator.

    1h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Aircraft Profiles with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

    Learn to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create realistic and beautiful aircraft profiles.

    1h 37m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Designing and Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion

    Learn what it takes to design your own mind-bending illusion with Illustrator and Photoshop.

    1h 26m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Retro-Style Superhero

    Learn to create a silver-age superhero.

    4h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Introduction to Graphic Design

    Learn the core skill areas (color, typography, and layout) as well as the core tools (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) used in graphic design.

    5h 58m
    Beginner
     
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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 Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator

    Learn to create custom gradient dot patterns with Illustrator.

    1h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

    Discover how to paint and draw with Illustrator's powerful object-creation brushes, and warp, bend, repeat, stretch, scatter and distribute objects along a path.

    3h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop for Designers: Working with Illustrator

    Learn to toggle between Illustrator and Photoshop and take advantage of the strongest features in each program.

    3h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes

    Discover the natural media brushes and effects in Illustrator for drawing, painting, and adding expressive strokes.

    3h 2m
    Intermediate
     
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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.

    2h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People

    Bert Monroy shows how he created the hyperrealistic portrayals of the dozens of people inhabiting his painting, many of which he drew from real-life friends and family.

    3h 18m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Techniques

    Shows the steps Bert Monroy took in Photoshop and Illustrator to create the lifelike detail in his incredible portrait of Times Square.

    4h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

    Digital painter Bert Monroy demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create his photorealistic portrait of Times Square.

    5h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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