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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
- Master the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for effective logo design
- Explore the function of logos and why some work better than others
- Discover the fundamental design principles behind great logos
- Learn how to land clients and understand what they want from a design
- Push your creative skills into an in-demand, specialised area
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.
The lastest release of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite boasts a host of new features to help you be more productive and creative. In this course, veteran trainer Geoff Blake walks you though the lastest features, and outlines how you can make the most from them. Starting in InDesign, you’ll learn how to insert and manage images in tables, paragraph shading, and InDesign’s new Publish Online feature. Then, it’s on to Dreamweaver, where you’ll discover new features like Emmet support, code error highlighting, and how to connect and preview layouts using your mobile devices. Next, it’s on to Photoshop, where you’ll learn how to create and manage artboards, the new Design Space interface, and how to use the Device Preview panel. All this and more awaits in What’s New In Adobe CC 2015: Graphics & Web!
InDesign, you’ll learn how to insert and manage images in tables, paragraph shading, and InDesign’s new Publish Online feature. Then, it’s on to Dreamweaver, where you’ll discover new features like Emmet support, code error highlighting, and how to connect and preview layouts using your mobile devices. Next, it’s on to Photoshop, where you’ll learn how to create and manage artboards, the new Design Space interface, and how to use the Device Preview panel.
Typography is one of the oldest art forms in the world, and one that has remained important even through our move from the print to the digital age. This is because you don’t need technical know-how master typography; instead, you need a keen eye for detail, a love of creating, and an appreciation of good design. If that sounds like you, then you’ve chosen the right course.
Your Typography Crash Course
- Understand typography fundamentals
- Apply typography principles to digital and print media
- Create outstanding text-based logos and designs
- Learn how typography is perceived by audiences/customers
Typography Fundamentals in a Flash
This course has been created for anyone who loves typography design; print designers, graphic and web designers, animators, sign writers, and many more. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate, you’ll pick up a comprehensive skillset through the 73 lectures and 6 hours of content that come with this course. You can use any publishing software to follow along with the instructor; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or just about anything else you have a basic understanding of.
Each section the course includes its own walkthrough exercises so that you can put the skills you have learned to practical use. You’ll start off by learning all of the terminology regarding typography (tracking, leading, kerning) and font classifications, and then you’ll examine concepts like how fonts impact a message, and how fonts are used in different media like advertising, web, print, logos, and so on. Finally, you will cover the essentials of digital publishing before concluding.
By the end of this course, you have both a theoretical and a literal understanding of typography, from how it is used to where it used to why it is used, and of course you’ll gain a solid groundwork in the practical uses of typography too.
Adobe Illustrator: The standard software for graphics design, and where you will do the majority of your work. Create any kind of illustration or digital art your mind is capable of thinking up, with any kind of typeface effect too.
Adobe Photoshop: Used for editing and manipulating photographs and images, but also with plenty of scope for font and typefaces Improve colour, add special effects, remove blemishes, create your own images with font from scratch, and more.
Adobe InDesign: InDesign is a desktop publishing software application, usually used to create print media like posters, brochures, magazines, newspapers, books and signs (unlike Photoshop and Illustrator which are digital based). Usually the most popular Adobe tool among typographers.
This course dives right in to photo editing techniques with Corel's Paint Shop Pro X8. Here's what will be covered in this short course:
- Turning average looking photos into studio quality head shots
- Using tonal tools to create great looking outdoor shots
- Using effects to create Instagram style photos
- Turning a photo into a painting
This short series gives students a few projects to work on using the latest Wacom Intuos tablet and Corel Painter 2016. You will learn how to get your tablet set up for creating art, and how to use Corel Painter to draw and paint effectively to create visually stunning digital art in just minutes.
This course includes a drawing project and a painting project for you to hone your art skills using a tablet.
While absolute beginners can follow along with this course and create real art by the end, some experience using a tablet and stylus and Corel software is helpful.
InDesign is the premiere page layout application used in modern desktop publishing. In this easy to follow, hands-on course, veteran software trainer Geoff Blake will introduce you to InDesign, and get you up to speed quickly. First, you’ll discover the InDesign interface and learn how to navigate through document layouts quickly. Then, you’ll see how to set up your documents, including how layouts need to be set for commercial reproduction. Next, it’s on to handling text, text frames, and how to thread text frames together. Then, you’ll see how to work with a variety of shapes, mix new colours, and import graphics into your layouts. Finally, you’ll see how to convert your layouts to static images and PDF documents for sharing with co-workers. All this and more awaits, so let’s get started!
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
- Master the most widely used software in graphic designing
- Learn the principles of graphics design and visual communication
- Gain an insight into the current graphic design industry
- Understand how to forge a career path as a graphic designer
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.