Creative Quick Tips
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Creative Quick Tips

with Justin Seeley

Video: Five courses every designer should watch

- [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.
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  1. 4m 29s
    1. Five courses every designer should watch NEW
      4m 29s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  3. 15m 15s
    1. Ten fonts to jump-start your next project
      8m 4s
    2. How to use Vanishing Point in Photoshop
      5m 3s
    3. Creating sticky appearances in Illustrator
      2m 8s
  4. 24m 41s
    1. Five Photoshop add-ons for designers
      6m 17s
    2. Creating shared Creative Cloud libraries
      3m 46s
    3. How to use custom views in Illustrator
      4m 18s
    4. Five Lightroom add-ons for Photographers
      5m 24s
    5. Using Image Processor Pro in Photoshop and Bridge
      4m 56s
  5. 21m 16s
    1. Using Creative Cloud Market
      7m 5s
    2. Five WordPress plugins you should install today
      6m 36s
    3. How to create buttons in Muse
      4m 25s
    4. How to remove empty layers in Photoshop
      3m 10s
  6. 18m 22s
    1. How to use Photoshop's new Guide Layouts
      2m 57s
    2. Placing Photoshop files into Muse
      4m 4s
    3. Editing multiple photos using Camera RAW & Bridge
      5m 51s
    4. How to find free icons on the web
      5m 30s
  7. 11m 30s
    1. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries
      4m 36s
    2. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    3. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s
    4. Using Illustrator to perform calculations
      1m 47s
  8. 18m 22s
    1. How to sync and share files with Adobe Creative Cloud
      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
      5m 47s
    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s
  9. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  10. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  11. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  15. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  16. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  17. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  18. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  19. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  20. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  21. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  22. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  23. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s

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5h 18m Appropriate for all Aug 05, 2013 Updated Apr 27, 2015

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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.

Subjects:
Design Web
Software:
Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Five courses every designer should watch

- [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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