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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.
- [Voiceover] Hi everybody. Welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and in today's installment I'm going to be answering a question that I get all the time via social media. It's, which courses should I be watching at lynda.com if I want to do X? So X could be any number of things. But today I'm focusing specifically on design. So if you're a graphic designer, someone who is into the process of design. what courses do I think would benefit you the most here at lynda.com. Now I'm assuming that you already have a good handle on design principles and things like that.
If you don't, you should watch some of our foundations courses. Or my Introduction to Graphic Design course. But these five courses I have here are all gonna give you both inspiration and instruction on how to do various tasks, design related. The first of which is called Logo Design Techniques with Nigel French. Nigel walks you through a variety of different scenarios and different ways that you can construct a logo. He goes through things like what makes up a good logo. Exploring type variables, type treatments, designing with shapes and a whole lot more. Nigel's one of my favorite authors here at lynda.com and I think he'll be one of your favorites too, once that you watch this course.
Another great course, which is more inspirational than anything else, is the Aaron Draplin Takes on a Logo Design Challenge. And this is something that when I first started watching it, I thought I was watching sort of like a music video, or something like that. Aaron has his own unique style that he brings to the logo design process. And he shows you how he can quickly hammer out a logo in as little as 15 minutes. It's a really cool way to sort of get inside the head of somebody who does this for a living and understand their creative process as they are trying to develop something for a company, for their branding or their logo design.
Another great inspirational course that I think you should check out is Insights on Illustrative Design with Von Glitschka who's another one of my favorites here at lynda.com. This course gives you a lot of insight on what drives Von. What's really behind all of this illustrative design that he does? How does he get through mental hurdles when he runs across those? How does he break through and develop his own style? How does he pitch his clients? How does he work with his clients? That kind of thing. If you're looking for a way, sort of get inspired on how to run your business or how to be a freelancer in a more effective way.
Von is a master at all of that. So I highly recommend that you check that out. This is one of my favorite courses here at lynda.com. It's one that is ever-evolving. It is one called Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy. And if you've never seen Bert Monroy's work, Bert Monroy is one of the pioneers in digital painting and also one of the original Photoshop people who really took that program and took it to new heights. And this is an amazing course that is always changing. And always adding new stuff where you can go in and create various things like water glasses, and 3D coins, dog tags, realistic scales on lizards and things like that.
Bert just really dives in, And the overall premise here is figuring out a way to make Photoshop draw photo realistic things with tools that you might not think were photo realistic to begin with. And if you want some inside into the mind of literally, a digital painting genius, this is the course for you. Finally, another one of my favorites and also now one of my colleagues here at lynda.com. The Before and After: Graphic Design Techniques course with John McWade. This is a great course that shows you, like it says, before and after what goes on with these designs.
And so the topics in here how to design a logo. Designing a business card, understanding the power of empty space, typesetting, working around weak photos. This is all about how to take anything and everything and turn it into a usable design. And it tells you, you know, extreme photo cropping, cutting out photos, designing a second page. I mean, these are all real world scenarios and problems that a lot of people face. And John really tackles them in a very unique and very approachable way. I really appreciate his teaching style. And I think you will too.
So there ya go, I hope that this answers some questions about what you should be watching on lynda.com because it's not just all about Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. As you can see, we have a wealth of content in a variety of different areas that dive in ya know, a whole lot deeper that just that first level of how to use the tools. These are all courses that dive really deep and explain the thought process into those specific areas. And I think you'll find them both, like I said, informational and inspirational as well.
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