A good logo makes a world of difference to a business. We’re exposed to branding, advertising and promotional messaging every second of every day. But a noticeable, attractive logo that stands out from the crowd can make your business stick in someone’s mind for longer than a fleeting moment. With the right design and placement, positive associations can form in a very short space of time; which means, basically, that logos are very important. This online logo design course will show you how to make yours count.
Step-by-Step Secrets to Designing Great Logos
Combine Technical Skills with Creative Principles
While this course has been created with designers in mind, you do not need any previous design experience to complete is successfully. Small business owners, art students, prospective freelancers, or anyone looking to learn how to creative effective logos will be able to follow the material easily. A basic knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and design principles is helpful but not necessary.
This online course will lead you through the entire logo design workflow from start to finish, using real world examples and step-by-step instructions. You’ll start off with understanding the concept, functions and importance of logos. Next you’ll analyse some of the most recognised logos in the world and explore best practices and current trends in logo design. Plagiarism and copyright – very important topics for any creative job – are also covered at this stage.
Next you’ll take an in-depth look at the visual elements of a logo and two of the most important elements; typography and colour. Following that, the nitty gritty of the logo design process and graphics fundamentals will be covered, before the most challenging stage; getting to know how Photoshop and Illustrator work and actually creating your first logo using both.
By the end of this course you will not only have gained the design theory and creative know-how to come up with great logo designs, you’ll also have the technical skills needed to create them.
This course is taught using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, the two gold-standard software packages in the design industry. Photoshop is used for editing and manipulating images and photographs, while Illustrator is used to design graphics and visual elements. They have many similar features, so if you’re familiar with one, you’ll already have a good working knowledge of the other.
This course will prepare you for a job in the field of graphic design. This course is intended for complete beginners or those relatively new to design in order to understand what a graphic designer does and how to get a job in the graphic design field -- either as a full time job or as freelance designer.
This course is structured in such a way that anyone can begin with absolutely no knowledge of graphic design and leave with a full understanding of the graphic design profession, an understanding of the skills and tools necessary for success in graphic design, an understanding of how to get a job or freelance work in graphic design, and an understanding of how to use the industry standard graphic design tools to create outstanding graphic design work.
Industry Standard Software Training
It's not enough to know how design works - graphic designers need to understand how to use the tools of the trade. In the Professional Graphic Designer Bundle you will learn all of the industry standard graphic design tools:
Adobe Photoshop: Used for editing and manipulating photographs and images. Improve lighting and colour, add special effects, remove blemishes, create your own images from scratch, and more.
Adobe Illustrator: The standard software for graphics design, and where you do the majority of your work. Create any kind of vector art or illustration your mind is capable of thinking up!
Adobe Acrobat: Transform your work into a format than anyone can view - a PDF. This program also enables you to create, manipulate, print and manage your finished project files.
Adobe Dreamweaver: Design and develop beautiful websites with ease, complete with both a design view and code editor so you can see changes you make on all sides in real time.
Work From Home
Although some graphic designers go to an office to work every day, many graphic designers work from their home. You can make a good living doing freelance graphic design work. Many companies will employ you full time but allow you to work from home.
Exam Preparation and Learning Order of Courses
1. Become a Professional Graphic Designer (No software needed)
2. Learn Photoshop CC Essentials (Photoshop CC needed)
3. Getting Started with Illustrator CC (Illustrator CC needed)
4. Getting Started With InDesign CC (InDesign CC needed)
5. Getting Started with Dreamweaver CC (Dreamweaver CC needed)
6. Typography A to Z (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign needed)
7. Affinity Designer for Beginners (Affinity Designer needed)
8. Sketch 3 Mobile App Design (Sketch 3 needed)
9. Getting Started with Acrobat XI Professional (Adobe Acrobat needed)
Graphic design has always been a popular profession, but with more and more technology being introduced into our lives it's becoming an ever more important one too. All kinds of people use all kinds of technology every day. Making that technology as user-friendly as possible is vital, and graphic design is one of the most important elements of this.
The Ultimate Crash Course on Graphic Design
Graphic Design for All
This course is aimed at aspiring graphic designers, web designers and digital artists who wish to develop a skill set needed to become a professional graphic designer. Suitable for both complete beginners and those who already have some knowledge of the industry; this course will prepare you for a career as a graphics designer through familiarising you with the concepts, principles and – most importantly – the software you'll need to know.
You'll learn everything from working with layers and selections in Photoshop, to formatting text and menus in Dreamweaver, to using pathfinders and special effects in Illustrator.
As well as equipping you with a valuable skill set, you will also learn how to get your foot in the door of the graphic design world, from how to land your first job, to finding continued inspiration, to the ins and outs of joining the graphics design community.
On completion of this course, you will have the strong foundation needed to get started in the world of graphic design, along with the skills needed to start working professionally straight away.
The Internet is everyone's go-to source of information in today's world. Businesses, public figures, publications and everything in between all have a presence on the web; and the more professional their website looks, the more successful they tend to be. Web designers are more in demand than ever before, and the profession is constantly changing along with the web itself. This course aims to teach the most up to date fundamentals of web design from scratch.
Learn Web Design from Scratch
Web Designing for Beginners
This course has been developed for both complete beginners and those who already have a limited knowledge of web design. Aspiring web designers, web developers who want to understand the design side of the business, and graphic designers - as well as those from completely unrelated disciplines - will all be more than capable of handling the content of this course.
This course will take you through the fundamentals of web design from scratch. That means getting to grips with HTML, CSS and Foundation Grid Framework; working with images, webfonts and sprite sheets among other elements; understanding grids and responsive design; and achieving flawless layouts, eradicating bugs, and more.
Throughout the course you will work towards designing and developing a colorful, modern and responsive portfolio website. By the end of the course you will have this website completed, and can use it when starting out on your career in web design.
About HTML and CSS
HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, is the code used to define colors,graphics, hyperlinks, paragraphs, and other simple elements of a website. It was developed by the founder of the web, Tim Berners Lee, back in 1990.
CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, define the more advanced aspects of websites like fonts, background images, positioning and much more. It is a style language that defines HTML layout, so the two are intrinsically linked. Both form the basic frameworks for all websites on the internet.
While Adobe Creative Suite is still the industry standard in the creative world, it's sky high subscription fees are far beyond the budgets of most aspiring designers. Luckily, Affinity Designer is quickly rising up the ranks to provide some serious competition. Much more affordable than its predecessor and equally as versatile, there has never been a better time to get to grips with this innovative new program.
- Learn Affinity Designer by Examples
- Master the tools and user interface of Affinity Design
- Gain an understanding of the overall process of designing graphics
- Build up a foundation of knowledge for using similar design programs
- Use real world examples to familiarise yourself with the software
Ideal for graphic designers, web designers and artists, this course includes 17 lectures and over 3 hours of content. Suited for both complete beginners or those who already have experience with similar software such as Adobe, the course will show you how the Affinity Designer user interface works through creating real world projects.
You'll learn how to use the various tools of Affinity Designer in a hands-on environment; and not just vector graphics – you'll learn how to manipulate images, design logos and icons, create graphic illustrations, combine images, render images for all media types too, and finally export your work for the web, print, and app development.
By learning Affinity Designer by example, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of not only the tools used within the program, but design principles and practices as a whole, which you can then apply to design projects on almost any other platform.
About Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer is the fastest, most efficient and arguably the best vector graphic design software to come along in recent years. More affordable and more specialised than Adobe Creative Suite, it's ideal for working on websites, UI design, concept art, illustrations and icons, and all kinds of graphics. Made by designers for designers, it's packed full of intuitive features and was even bestowed the honour of an Apple Design award in 2015.
This exam is to certify your knowledge of all course material covered in the 'Become A Professional Graphic Designer' course bundle.Please note, the exam is cumulative and covers all the courses listed below:
1.Getting Started with Indesign CC
2.Getting Started with Acrobat IX Professional
3.Typography from A to Z
4.Getting Started with Illustrator CC
5.Affinity Designer for Beginners
6.Sketch 3 Mobile App Design
7. Learn Photoshop CC Essentials
8. Become a Professional Graphic Designer
Fees: This exam is free of charge to students who paid for the course bundle through Stone River eLearning or one of its affiliates or resellers. Students who did not pay for the course bundle but want to take the exam will be charged a $50 registration fee.
Passing Score: A score of 80% or higher is required to pass this exam.
Number of Questions: 90 questions
Allotted Time: 90 minutes