Graphic Design Masterclass - Learn GREAT Design

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

4.68 (41651 reviews)
Graphic Design
28.5 hours
Jun 2022
last update
regular price

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 2022 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

NEW! Learn the Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop

NEW! Create Vector Art in Adobe Illustrator

NEW! Learn How to Encourage and Spark Creativity

NEW! How to create YouTube thumbnails and social media graphics

NEW! How to properly give and receive critiques and feedback

NEW! Understand how to create 3d objects and typography in Adobe Illustrator

NEW! Discover the latest 2022 updates to the Adobe software and understand the new artificial intelligence filters and tools

NEW! Learn how to predict future design trends and complete projects that use the most up to date trends


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

January 2022 - NEW Section! Design Trends 2022! We will figure out how to predict future design trends and create three projects!  
November 2021 -
NEW Sections! Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator 2022 update lessons and Adobe Illustrator 3D class Project! 
June 2021 -
NEW Lesson! How to properly give and receive critiques and feedback
April 2021 -
 NEW! Section on how to create YouTube Thumbnails! 
March 2021 -
 NEW! Video on How to Encourage and Spark Creativity
March 2021 -
NEW!  Section on The Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop 2021!
March 2021 - NEW!  Section creating vector art in Adobe Illustrator 2021 using the new repeat tool and the blend tool.
February 2021 - NEW!  Detailed section on Adobe Photoshop Photo editing basics - New projects added! 
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! 
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.


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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


July 11, 2022
I have had a touch of being creative however after taking Lindsay's class I feel confident to move ahead with GD field. It has been a difficult journey since being a first timer however teacher made it easy with her teachings. Kudos to you!
July 11, 2022
I'm really enjoying this course so far. The instructor makes things easy to follow and understand. I really like the resources that come with this course as well. I went to college for Graphic Design ten years ago but dropped out and now that I'm starting my own business, I've been getting back into some Graphic Design and feel I'm in a much better place to learn this again. I love how she teaches in the course and I'm very excited to get back into design!
July 10, 2022
Really azaming Instructor to learn Graphics Design. Well structured course content that I can go through. Thank You so much..
July 9, 2022
Lots of good information but broken down into easy to follow along videos and steps. Very organized and the instructor paces the information well. I’ve worked with Photoshop for years but am learning a lot along the way.
July 7, 2022
So far, so good. Only I the rounded corners effect doesn't work on my system, I have to go adjust it from the "properties" panel. It's windows , I don't know if that is the reason. Thanks for this amazing course so far.
July 6, 2022
I'm learning so much! Its in bite size videos so that I can review as I need to and go at my own pace! Love it!
July 6, 2022
This course came highly recommended by my daughters Graphic Design college instructor. So far, I am very impressed with the course layout.
July 6, 2022
Je commence a etre de plus en plus eclairé sur le metier de designer graphique, c'est vraiment passionnant et l'aventure s'annonce vraiment excitante.
July 6, 2022
Started this course as I have a knack for creative things and always wanted to know more about graphic designing and its going great. :)
July 4, 2022
I really like it, i had played in photoshop for like 7 years but i was never thinking that it might be my future job, i really like how she talks, it's very calm, catchy and easy to understand.
July 4, 2022
Great opening so excited to what will come next, well-organized content and very clear and nice voice!
July 4, 2022
The sessions are great! I found out that Graphic Design is my passion! There is the need to focus on the free platforms as well, like GIMP and Inkscape. Thank you once again!
July 4, 2022
hay! im from israel and my English is not the best ... yet i complitly understand you and i like listening to you (:
July 3, 2022
The way all is explained it's absolutely fantastic and it gives you the courage to start everything step by step with confidence.
June 20, 2022
Yes, I enjoyed very much. I learned very much and she is a very good teacher. I look forward to learn more and become a graphic designer. P.S Saad



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