Introduction to Graphic Design

with Justin Seeley
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Introduction to Graphic Design (2014)
Video duration: 0s 5h 58m Beginner


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
Illustrator InDesign Photoshop


(melodic tunes) - [Voiceover] Hi, my name is Justin Seeley. I 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 onto using Photoshop, where I'll show you how to manipulate, repair, and retouch images for your design projects. Finally, we'll jump over to 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 get begin the introduction to graphic design.

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