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  • view course page for Universal Principles of Design

    A weekly series exploring over 50 core design concepts, from the 80/20 rule to storytelling, all based on Will Lidwell's landmark design books, Universal Principles of Design.

    45m 15s
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  • view course page for Before & After: How to Set Perfect Text

    Learn to set text perfectly, adjusting letterforms so they are balanced and beautiful, with these tips from lynda.com's Before & After guru John McWade.

    1h 3m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: Graphic Design Best Practices

    John McWade presents a weekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work.

    30m 12s
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  • view course page for Designing an Illustrated Book

    Learn how to design an illustrated book, like a cookbook, children's book, or art book, with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

    2h 30m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Letterhead System

    Learn how to create a letterhead system, complete with envelope and stationery templates, to extend branding from business card to mailbox.

    27m 22s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Before & After Case Study: Small Business Identity Redesign

    John McWade walks us through the identity redesign for a small frame shop, reviewing the "before" and reframing the "after."

    59m 36s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Drawing and Painting in Photoshop - The Great Training

    Comic book illustrator and video game artist Daniel Lieske shares the tricks of the trade in this Photoshop training course, designed specifically for artists who want to transition their skills to a digital canvas.

    4h 40m
    Beginner
     
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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 Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape

    Learn how to quickly capture the atmosphere and mood of a landscape like an artist, and take the next step from sketching at home to sketching outside.

    3h 2m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Layout and Composition: Grids

    Learn why grids are so important and how to use them to create strong and consistent designs.

    1h 2m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Developing a Composition

    Learn to think about composition in terms of the visual interest and implied story by watching artist Mary Jane Begin create a brand-new comp from scratch.

    34m 2s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Folding

    The definitive course on creative folding for marketing, direct mail, and special events from the world's leading expert on folded formats.

    2h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Your Own Reality

    Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and draw a few alternate takes on reality. Share your work with the hashtag #5daydraw.

    50m 20s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Business Card

    Designing a Business Card with Nigel French

    Learn how to design a business card that is eye-catching and functional.

    1h 4m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Before & After: Cropping Photographs

    Make your layouts more visually interesting and your images more powerful with cropping.

    46m 58s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Designing a Brochure

    Designing a Brochure with Nigel French

    Learn how to design brochures that are both stylish and cost-effective.

    2h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Different Ways to Draw

    Improve your drawing skills! Take a 5-day drawing challenge and experiment with different ways to draw.

    46m 10s
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  • view course page for Designing a Data Visualization

    Learn how to build a data visualization in Illustrator, using scripting for speed, accuracy, and repeatability.

    3h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Before & After Case Study: Informational Sign Redesign

    John McWade, founder of Before & After magazine, rebuilds a poorly designed informational sign, demonstrating the best, most engaging ways to showcase complex information.

    35m 50s
    Beginner
     
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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 Drawing Vector Graphics: Hand Lettering

    Learn how to hand-letter type and turn your letterform drawings into pristine vector graphics and custom typography.

    4h 25m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Closer to Nature

    Exercise your drawing skills and become better at seeing and capturing the world around you with Von Glitschka's 5-day drawing challenge focused on drawing and personifying nature.

    43m 57s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Design Research

    Reignite your design process by incorporating relevant design research. This course introduces design research so that designers understand how critical it is to being able to construct great designs.

    2h 57m
    Beginner
     
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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 Foundations of Acrylic Painting

    Learn to paint with acrylics. Will Kemp shows how to unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting with three step-by-step follow-along painting projects.

    3h 14m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artistic Concepts with Bert Monroy: Volume 2

    Learn what role materials, layers, and channels play in a digital art workflow, and how they can elevate your art and designs.

    1h 19m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Brainstorming Basics

    Brainstorming Basics with Stefan Mumaw

    Make your creative brainstorming sessions more effective and productive with these tips from creativity coach Stefan Mumaw.

    43m 6s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The Five-Step Creative Process

    Don't just generate a list of ideas; follow Stefan Mumaw's five-step process and make sure you are developing the most-effective solutions for your creative challenges.

    19m 45s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Symbolism in Nature

    Tackles the hidden symbolism behind how we depict our planet and teaches you how to use these symbols to give your logo designs more impact.

    1h 39m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for LogoLounge: Handmade Aesthetic in Logo Design

    Give logo designs a handmade aesthetic and add a sense of authenticity to your client's brand and messaging, with tips from LogoLounge founder Bill Gardner.

    1h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Creating Icons with Photoshop

    Learn how to use Photoshop to create a custom icon set that displays beautifully on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.

    2h 1m
    Advanced
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  • view course page for Creativity Bootcamp

    Creativity Bootcamp with Stefan Mumaw

    Guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output and producing even more innovative ideas.

    48m 48s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Graphic Design History

    Focuses on the hows and whys of graphic design history, from Art Nouveau to new wave, detailing the development and evolution of specific styles, techniques, and genres.

    2h 16m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Logo Design Techniques

    Logo Design Techniques with Nigel French

    Deconstructs popular logos to explain why and how they work, and offers a methodical approach to creating a logo in Illustrator and Photoshop.

    3h 31m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The 33 Laws of Typography

    Discover how the 33 laws of typography can help you design documents that are beautiful and easy to understand.

    2h 53m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Evan Cheng, Character Designer

    Evan Cheng, character designer for Sesame Workshop, explains how a daily drawing practice and an alter ego helped him evolve his artwork and his career.

    9m 10s
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Direct Mail

    Learn how to design and send cost-efficient, engaging direct mail campaigns that follow all of the guidelines of the US Postal Service while "pushing the envelope" creatively.

    2h 10m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Punk Album Art

    Learn how to create an album cover inspired by the punk rock movement of the 1970s, complete with "ransom-note" type, using Photoshop and Illustrator.

    30m 31s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Swiss-Style Poster

    Create a poster-sized advertisement inspired by Swiss-Style designer Josef Müller-Brockmann's 1955 original.

    24m 55s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Bauhaus Book Cover

    Create a book cover design inspired by Bauhaus, with Adobe Illustrator.

    33m 31s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Icons with Illustrator

    Learn how to design icons for use on the web, in print, and on different operating systems, with Adobe Illustrator.

    2h 7m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Type Project: Art Deco Postcard

    Learn to re-create a gorgeous postcard from the Art Deco era, with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

    40m 39s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Drawing One-Point Perspective

    Learn to draw in one-point perspective with SketchBook Pro 7.

    1h 12m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Storytelling for Designers

    Storytelling for Designers with Stacey Williams-Ng

    Bring the art of storytelling into your designs. Learn how to borrow the tricks writers, filmmakers, advertisers, and comic-book artists use to tell great stories, and apply them to graphic design.

    58m 9s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started in Graphic Design

    Learn how to get started in graphic design, with training from lynda.com. Kristin Ellison provides an overview of key design concepts, and points you to courses in our library to further your education on those important topics.

    21m 19s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Drawing: Light and Shadow

    Learn how to see and replicate light and shadow in your drawings.

    1h 52m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Ideas that Resonate

    Ideas that Resonate with Stefan Mumaw

    Learn the seven characteristics of ideas that resonate, and discover how to connect with your audience in a big way.

    35m 42s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Layout and Composition: Marketing Collateral

    Learn how to design compelling and effective marketing collateral, including brochures, business cards, posters, media kits, and promotional pieces like holiday cards and swag.

    1h 43m
    Beginner
     
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