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Introduction to Graphic Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Welcome

Discover the basic concepts of graphic design as you with design theory, where you will learn all about layout, typography and color. Then become acquainted with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign as you are introduced to the main modules of this course. This welcome video tutorial will help you to understand the basic concepts and skills needed to become a graphic designer.
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  1. 13m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. How to send feedback
      1m 29s
    3. Challenges explained
    4. Getting to know your tools
      8m 57s
    5. Introduction to the project(s)
      1m 21s
  2. 26m 56s
    1. What is graphic design?
      3m 43s
    2. What makes a design great?
      9m 58s
    3. Exploring the principles of layout and composition
      13m 15s
  3. 45m 40s
    1. What is typography?
      3m 16s
    2. Understanding fonts and typefaces
      3m 29s
    3. Exploring the anatomy of type
      4m 50s
    4. Learning the terminology of type
      4m 11s
    5. Exploring the rules of typography
      7m 54s
    6. Pairing typefaces for maximum impact
      8m 23s
    7. Finding new typefaces for your projects
      4m 51s
    8. Challenge: Choosing a typeface
      1m 49s
    9. Solution: Choosing a typeface
      6m 57s
  4. 21m 57s
    1. Exploring the psychology of color
      4m 11s
    2. Understanding the rules of color
      5m 46s
    3. RGB vs. CMYK explained
      2m 15s
    4. Choosing the right colors for your designs
      4m 11s
    5. Challenge: Create a color scheme
      1m 27s
    6. Solution: Create a color scheme
      4m 7s
  5. 39m 55s
    1. Understanding the needs of your client
      5m 36s
    2. Brainstorming with thumbnail sketches
      5m 51s
    3. Exploring your thumbnail sketches
      7m 11s
    4. Challenge: Planning your project
      7m 5s
    5. Solution: Planning your project
      14m 12s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Getting started with Illustrator
      9m 12s
    2. Drawing basic shapes for your logo
      3m 52s
    3. Combining shapes together
      3m 3s
    4. Drawing complex shapes
      7m 7s
    5. Setting type in Illustrator
      10m 45s
    6. Adding color to your artwork
      9m 26s
    7. Tracing raster graphics using Image Trace
      7m 20s
    8. Creating patterns and gradients
      11m 10s
    9. Saving your work in Illustrator
      4m 51s
  7. 1h 5m
    1. Getting started with Photoshop
      16m 50s
    2. Making selections in Photoshop
      4m 45s
    3. Working with layer masks
      6m 3s
    4. Challenge: Masking
      1m 2s
    5. Solution: Masking
      4m 42s
    6. Combining two images together
      5m 0s
    7. Removing unwanted objects from photos
      8m 16s
    8. Changing the color of photos
      7m 29s
    9. Converting images to black and white
      3m 27s
    10. Cropping images nondestructively
      4m 5s
    11. Saving your work for print
      4m 12s
  8. 1h 11m
    1. Getting started with InDesign
      6m 21s
    2. Creating a wireframe in InDesign
      10m 24s
    3. Importing graphics into InDesign
      2m 56s
    4. Adjusting the fit of your graphics
      3m 26s
    5. Creating master pages in InDesign
      4m 41s
    6. Getting your color swatches into InDesign
      2m 51s
    7. Importing text documents into InDesign
      1m 44s
    8. Creating styles in InDesign
      9m 17s
    9. Working with tabs
      6m 20s
    10. Creating tables in InDesign
      8m 1s
    11. Adding the final touches to your design
      8m 28s
    12. Creating PDFs in InDesign
      2m 29s
    13. Packaging your work for print
      4m 18s
  9. 4m 46s
    1. Exploring your final project
      3m 11s
    2. Sharing your work and getting feedback
      1m 35s
  10. 1m 54s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 24s
    2. Goodbye

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Introduction to Graphic Design
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What does it take to be a graphic designer? Design is a complex art that involves many different skills and tools, but by breaking it down into four main topics, Justin Seeley shows how you can get your start in the design world. First he covers the theory: high-level concepts like layout, typography, and color. Then you'll get hands-on, using Illustrator to build a custom logo from scratch and practice your vector-drawing techniques. Next, Justin takes you into Photoshop, where you'll learn to creatively adjust, repair, and retouch the kinds of images you'll use in design projects. Last, visit InDesign for an overview of the layout and print preparation processes. By the end, you'll have a better grasp of what graphic designers do and what you'll need to learn next.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the impact of color
  • Sketching your ideas
  • Removing unwanted objects from images
  • Cropping photos
  • Resizing and saving images for print
  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Creating a custom color theme with swatches
  • Typesetting
  • Applying styles
  • Creating tables
  • Preflighting documents
  • Packaging files for print
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Hi, my name is Justin Seeley. I'd like to welcome you to Introduction to Graphic Design. This course is meant to give you a hands on introduction to both graphic design principles and tools. This course is broken down into four main modules. We'll start off with design theory, where we discuss the basics of graphic design, including layout, typography, and color. Then we'll move on to using Illustrator, where you and I will build a custom logo from scratch using some really awesome vector drawing techniques.

Next, we'll move on to using Photoshop, where I'll show you how to manipulate, repair and retouch images for your design projects. Finally, we'll jump over into InDesign, where I'll show you how to put it all together and build out your final design and prepare it for commercial print. At the end, I'll be giving you a final project to work on on your own time, and I'll share with you some ways that you can get feedback on your project by using some design centric social networks as well. By the time you're finished with this course, you should have a good grasp of the basic concepts, tools, and skills that it takes to be a graphic designer.

And hopefully, this course only further ignites your passion for design. I'm really excited to get started showing you all of what graphic design has to offer, and I hope you're excited too. So if you're ready, let's begin the Introduction to Graphic Design.

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