Graphic Design


Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design

The Ultimate Graphic Design Course Which Covers Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,Design Theory, Branding and Logo Design

4.67 (22489 reviews)



21.5 hours


Feb 2021

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What you will learn

Have a deep understanding of typography, color theory, photos, layout, blocking and other design theory and skills

Understand and learn the essential tools and capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Create logos and branding packages for potential clients

Learn photo editing and manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Master the pen tool, shape builder tool and other essential vector design tools in Adobe Illustrator.

How to create editorial spreads and magazine layouts using Adobe InDesign

Understand solid logo design and ad design principles to create compelling campaigns and logos

Work through the entire package design process

Learn non-destructive editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop

Work through an event flyer design to understand strong type hierarchy, balance and overall design layout

Learn a few of the upcoming design trends for 2021 and how to create them!

Learn the history of fonts and typefaces and how to pair fonts

Learn the basics of Affinity Designer and learn the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer

Work through a 7 page vector tracing worksheet and feel confident creating a complex vector illustration by the end of this worksheet

NEW! Learn how to work with multiple page layouts in Adobe InDesign and create a cookbook cover and book

NEW! Learn the step-by-step process to becoming a graphic designer

NEW! Learn how to work with Photoshop Mockups to create great presentations

NEW! Learn word mapping and brainstorming techniques to increase your creativity in logo design and branding projects


As you can see, this course is updated frequently with new lessons, projects and resources!

January 2021 - NEW!  2021 Design Trends Section with three new student projects! 
November 2020 - NEW!  16 page History of Typography Guide, 16 Page Color Theory Guide and 8 Page Font Pairing Guide!
October 2020 -
Updated Lessons!  Photoshop 2021 Neural Filter and Liquify Tools
August 2020 -
Updated Lessons!  Logo Design and Branding Project
July 2020 -
NEW!  How to work with Photoshop Mockups! 
June 2020 -
NEW!  How to Become a Graphic Designer 14 page Resource Guide and Lessons!  
May 2020 - NEW!  InDesign Portfolio Builder Template!  
April 2020 -
NEW!  Entirely new Adobe InDesign Section including a cookbook project
April 2020 -
NEW!  Color Theory - Exploring Color Palettes Section
March 2020 - NEW! A Guide to My Favorite Fonts and Where to Download Them
Jan 2020 -
NEW! Lessons: 2020 Design Trends: and how to create them
Nov 2019 -
NEW! - Adobe Illustrator introduction and tools section (vector tracing worksheet)
Nov 2019 -
NEW! - Photoshop section and Projects (including a new youtube thumbnail and book cover project)
Oct 2019 -
NEW!  11 page downloadable resource - The Guide to Grids
Oct 2019 -
NEW!  Color Theory and Color Harmony Lessons + new Downloadable Resources
July 2019 -
NEW!  Affinity Designer Section! Learn The Basic Tools and Differences Between Adobe Illustrator And Affinity Designer
May 2019 -
NEW! Downloadable Resources - the Anatomy of Typography poster and the Psychology of Color graphic! 
April 2019 -
NEW Lessons: Finding Your Graphic Design Niche and Focus!

Graphic Design Master Class - Learn GREAT Design

Do you want to learn all the skills and techniques you need to create incredible designs? 

Do you want to know the process of creating logos and branding packages? 

Are you intimidated by learning photoshop, illustrator or InDesign and want to learn through practical real world projects? Than This class will be for you! 

We will extensively review Typography, color theory, layout and composition, how to use photos in design, photo manipulations and editing and magazine layout designbranding and logo design just to name a few. 

We also learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, illustrator and InDesign and do projects with real world applications. Every designer needs to know and master these programs and this course makes sure you know the essential tools to power through amazing projects. 

In Adobe Photoshop, we will review photo editing and manipulation techniques like how to cut objects out, duotones, changing color on objects, the liquify tool and we will create a compelling YouTube thumbnail with our newly learned photoshop skills as well as an entire book cover design project. 

In Adobe Illustrator, we will master the pen tool by hand tracing simple and complex shapes. We will explore the power of the shape builder tool and In the end of this section, we will design a complete logo design. There is an entirely new introduction and tools section that has been added where we work through a 7 page vector tracing worksheet and in the end create a complex vector illustration using our newly learned illustrator vector tools. Lastly, we will put together an event flyer to practice our layout skills, and even work through the branding process and create a logo, business card and letterhead for a business.

We will will create a magazine layout in InDesign and learn the master pages tool to drastically speed up your design workflow when working with multiple paged layouts. 

We will talk about branding basics, what makes a good logo? How do you extend your logo or brand to other marketing materials? 

I designed this extensive course to be gentle enough for new comers to design but detailed enough for everyone to get a TON out of this course.

New Mini-Course Added! (April 2019)
Discover Your Design Niche! 

Do you want to find out what design niche you should concentrate on? This is an exploratory mini-class added to the Graphic Design Masterclass course on Udemy (Section 15) that helps you find your next focus and explore many wonderful options for budding and established designers.

We are going to review some main core design categories and talk about what types of projects you will do and also what you will need to learn to leap into those design niches.

There are always more niches to discover but we will focus on the following in this mini-class:

Logo Design
Print & Editorial Design
Pattern Design and Illustration
Package Design
Branding Design
UX/UI Design
Social Media/Digital Graphic Designer

By the end of this class you will have a solid grasp of what each design niche entails. You will have confidence in choosing your top three focal niches to kickstart or enhance your design offerings and know what to learn next.


Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design
Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design
Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design
Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design


Important!!! The Course Guide

IMPORTANT! The Course Outline, Guide & Resources

Exclusive Student Facebook Group - Post projects and join the discussion!

Graphic Design Theory

The Anatomy of Typography

Different Type Styles

Detailed Review and History of Serif Fonts

Detailed Review - Sans-Serif Fonts

Using Type in Layout and Design

Font Pairing Basics

Design Theory - INTERMISSION

Working with Typography: Headlines and Multiple Word Phrases

Working with Typography: Large Blocks of Text

UPDATED! Color Theory: Color Wheel Basics and Color Harmony

NEW! The Psychology of Color

Color Theory: Gradients, Color Transitions, Duotones and Blending Modes

Photos in Design

Layout and Blocking in Design

Layout Theory: Layout and Design

Layout Theory: Effective Layout

Layout Theory: Introduction to Grids in Design

Layout Theory: A Detailed Guide To Grids in Design

Layout Theory: Design Themes on multiple pages/panels

Small Design Details Matter In Design: Texture, Drop Shadows, Layering and Light

Let’s Get Technical: Color Profiles, Sizes and Bleed

Adobe Photoshop Introduction and Tools - UPDATED LESSONS!

Introduction to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Photoshop Introduction and Setup

Introduction and Setup - Part 2

Introduction and Setup - Part 3

Photo Editing Basics

Photo Editing Basics - Part 2

Duotones and Gradients

Cutting out and Isolating Objects

Cutting out and Isolating Objects - Part 2

The Amazing Content Aware Tool

Spot Healing Brush Tool

Layering Masks

Photoshop Editing and Manipulation - Intermediate Skills

Changing Hair Color

Changing Object Color

Photo Manipulation – Advanced Techniques

Photo Manipulation – Advanced Techniques – Part 2 – Liquify Tool

NEW! Non-destructive Editing Part 1

NEW! Non-destructive Editing - Part 2

Student Question: How to use Warp Tool for 3-D Mock-ups

Photoshop Projects - YouTube Thumbnail

Create a Dynamic Youtube Thumbnail

Dynamic Youtube Thumbnail - Part 2

Photoshop Project - Book Cover Design

Discovering Your Concept

Our Cover Idea

Photo Editing

Non-destructive Editing (A review)

Spine, Bleed and Exporting


EXTRA SECTION: 2019 Adobe Updates Overview! and 10 Tips from A Pro Designer

EXTRA! 2019 Updates to The Adobe Creative Cloud

10 Quick Tips from a Pro Designer

Bonus Tip: Infographics

Adobe Illustrator Introduction and Basic Tools - The Tracing Worksheet

Basic Introduction and Dashboard Setup

Vector Tracing Worksheet - Creating Simple Shapes

Vector Tracing Worksheet - Creating Complex Shapes

Master the Pen Tool

Pen Tool Practice

Pen Tool Practice - Part 2

Shape Builder Tool

Offset Path Tool

Offset Path Tool with Text

Vector Illustration Project

Extra Page: Grids and Pixel Art

Logo Building Basics – Let’s Design A Rocket Logo!

Logo Building Basics – Let’s Design A Rocket Logo! Part 2

(Optional) Introduction To Affinity Designer - An Adobe Illustrator Alternative

Affinity Designer Introduction

The Pen Tool and Other Tool Differences

Using Personas

Shape Builder Tool Alternative in Affinity Designer

Logo Design & Branding Theory

Characteristics of Solid Logo Designs

Logo Inspirations

Mood Boards

Adobe Illustrator Project - Develop a Logo and Branding Package

Design A Branding Package (Part 1)

Design A Branding Package (Part 2)

Design A Branding Package (Part 3)

Design A Branding Package (Part 4)

Design A Branding Package (Part 5)

Business Card Design (Part 1)

Business Card Design (Part 2)

Branding Standards Manual - Part 1

Branding Standards Manual - Part 2

Brand Extension

Logo Design Student Challenges: Pick Your Favorite Challenge!

Create your Own Personal Logo and Brand

Create a Logo for A Mobile Video App - Client Breif

Create A Logo for A High-End Gym

Adobe Illustrator Project: Event Flyer Design

Basic Blocking

Working with Photos

The Finishing Touches

Adobe InDesign - Let's Design a Magazine

NEW! Editorial Layout

NEW! Editorial layout Part 2

InDesign Section Intro

Master Pages

Numbering Your Pages

Front Cover

Cover Photo















Student Projects

Student Projects

Projects Guide Pdf

Bonus Lecture: What courses should I take NEXT? Discounts!

Ready for the Intermediate Level Masterclass?

The Ultimate Course Overview: Lindsay Marsh Courses + Discounts

NEW!!! Design Trends for 2020! And How to Create them!!!

An introduction + Downloadable Resources!

Typography Trends

Skeuomorphism to Neumorphic design

Hand-Drawn Assets

Movement in Design

Geometric Shapes

Design Trends for 2019 (From last year but still useful lessons here)

Design Trends for 2019 - Section Intro & Downloadable Resources!

Let's Go 3-D!

3-D Tools and software

Getting started with 3-D In Adobe Photoshop

Design Trends in Color

Gradient Meshes in Adobe Illustrator

Trends in Typography for 2019

NEW! Finding Your Design Niche!

NEW! Finding Your Design Niche Section Intro

Getting Started

Logo Design Niche

Branding Niche

Print Design & Editorial Design Niche

Pattern Design Niche

Package Design Niche

UX/UI Design Niche

Social Media Design Niche

Student Project

EXTRA LESSONS: Create Dynamic Images using Gradient Meshes and Blending Modes

Section Intro

Gradient Meshes in Adobe Illustrator.

Cutting Out Our Photo

Blending Modes

Working with Shapes

Two toned effect


Saurabh9 October 2020

I just you should include more content to different approach but this course is what I expected and its great! You are amazing :)

Zainal9 October 2020

Yes! I learnt a lot of graphic design skills. I feel a LOT more proficient with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign now! However some feedback I have is that some topics can be a little dry? Maybe can spice them up with some.... jokes or something? I don't know. hahahaha. Another thing is that the last bonus section seems a bit random? as gradient meshes had already been covered earlier (in the 2019 design trends I believe). However it is fine to go through it again because this time it is in more detail! However, the flow of the course seemed a bit weird, because at the end of the "Design Niches" section it seemed like an outro to the course, but afterwards suddenly a new technical section appeared. felt a little random, and broke the overall flow of the course a little? Maybe shift the bonus section to somewhere in the middle. But other than these feedback, I think the course was amazing and awesome. Keep it up!! Thank you so much :)

Angela8 October 2020

A great start to understanding the fundamentals of color theory, fonts, and basic design principles. I'm completely new to all this and I appreciate the ground up approach in a simple to understand format.

Shyam8 October 2020

I feel it was a good decision and I also got confirmation that learning depends as much on my hard work as on expertise of the instructor.

Melissa7 October 2020

Love the layout and how the course is structured and for the price this is an excellent well thought out course. 10 out of 10 for your courses. I absolutely love your work Lindsey

Soni27 February 2020

I want to become a graphic designer and Udemy helps me a lot and yes I want to thanks to Lindsay Marsh ma'am who teach us so wonderfully and clearly..I love it her experience.Thank You

Sakaila26 February 2020

Easy to follow along, thus far and clear diction makes it very simple and effective even if I’m not paying total attention to my screen. She describes the characters and their assets so well in the Typography lesson that even when I wasn’t looking, I understood what an ascender and descender was.

Tom26 February 2020

So far it is above expectation! I encompass bits of all three "learner types" (visual, auditory and tactile) and taking notes along with the lesson engages me completely. I am super happy and excited with this course and the pace of the typography lesson.

Ivana25 February 2020

So far this has been amazing! So inspirational. Love the way everything is explained and the fact that there are a lot of examples, resources etc. LOVE IT!

Josefina25 February 2020

Loved the color theory and the cheat sheets. I'm truly enjoying this course. I would like practice on logo design with color and font picking :), all combined

Ezeh24 February 2020

I am impressed, I have learnt some new stuff i had 0 knowledge on in designs especially when it has to do with typography

Laurie23 February 2020

Yes. I teach art (grades 7 & 8) and I like to experience different methods to introduce graphic design. Realistically planning for my students future requires using digital tools to learn general art info, techniques, and skill.

Emmanuel22 February 2020

So far from what I have learnt is incredible, you have no ideal that you've made graphics easier for me. I'm looking forward to hear more......

Rachelle22 February 2020

I graduated with a graphic design degree 10 years ago, and I'm using this course to reacquaint myself with the basics. I'm liking it so far!

Radhika22 February 2020

I've only gone through the third video (The Anatomy of Typography) so far, and it's really the first lesson. So far, it seems good, but I believe it is a little fast paced for a complete beginner.


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