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The Ultimate Graphic Design Course

£100.00

Unleash your creative skills and get a great job as a Graphic Designer with this key training course. This key training course covers everything that you could possibly need to know, from the essential skills that a designer must master, to exploring some of the industry standard design tools including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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Embrace your graphic and creative talents, by signing up to this, the ultimate graphic design course, and allow ideas that would ordinarily stay in your mind to become a reality. If you fancy a career change and to be part of the graphic design world, this course will allow you to develop and hone a full toolbox of skills and abilities, in order to stand out above your competition and grab your dream job with both hands. This key training course covers everything that you could possibly need to know, from the essential skills that a designer must master, to exploring some of the industry standard design tools including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Flexible Learning, At Your Own Pace

With 12 powerful courses in all, you will have plenty of material to work through to ensure a comprehensive and well-rounded understanding of the subject. Unlike traditional learning methods, you can complete your studies online, whenever it is convenient to do so. There is no need to find your way to study centres and classrooms – you have everything that you need at the click of a mouse button and you have 12 months to do it in.

Earn a Mint

With junior designers earning a tidy sum of between £15,000 and £19,000 a year, experienced and lead designers earning up to £50,000pa and creative directors earning in excess of £60,000pa, graphic design is certainly a lucrative business to be in. Work hard and you could move up the ranks quicker than you might expect, and benefit from the impressive salaries as you progress. What are you waiting for? Sign up to this huge course package today and look ahead towards a brighter future!

Key Learning Points

This course would be perfect for anyone wishing to take a comprehensive crash course in graphic design so that their talents and abilities can be used to lay a pathway towards a challenging and rewarding professional career.

  • Pick up some of the skills that can be applied to any graphic design job, and learn to apply this expertise in real-time scenarios to build confidence and proficiency.
  • Prepare to take the Adobe ACE exam in Photoshop CC, and benefit from an official Adobe qualification that will help you to demonstrate your abilities to future employers.
  • Explore some of the major functions and features of Illustrator, including how to create objects, apply gradients, colours and patterns, and master the various tools which can affect the graphic effects and appearance of your designs.
  • Learn how to make composite images with Photoshop, including the creation of various layers and designs. Learn how to make corrections to photographs and explore the tools that help you to draw, and paint, using the application.
  • Get to grips with the InDesign interface, and learn how to create templates and documents in order to design graphic-rich media including brochures, flyers, posters, magazines, newspapers and books.
  • Understand the principles of Fireworks CS6, including working with bitmaps, vector shapes, layers and pages. Explore its use by web designers to rapidly produce website prototypes and application interfaces.

Advantages of this course

  • Build a valuable bank of graphic design skills and tool proficiency to increase your worth as an employee.
  • Increase your practical know-how in a wealth of graphic design programs and improve your amateur and professional graphic design work immeasurably.
  • Bonus course included to prepare for the ACE exam in Photoshop CC.
  • Add Adobe certification to your CV to prove your new-found software skills.
  • Practice with self-assessment tests, which can help you to retain the knowledge and also monitor your progress.
  • Give yourself the best chance of a competitive salary and job prospects to be proud of!
  • Course is delivered online, giving you the ultimate flexibility and convenience.

Sign up for this bumper course package, and start building on your creativity and your enthusiasm for graphic design, today!

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Illustrator CS6
ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE & SETUP (38 min)
  • Opening Documents
  • Working with Multipls Documents
  • Zooming & Panning
  • Exploring the Menus & the Toolbar
  • Exploring the Panels
  • Vector vs. Raster & Working with Different File Types
  • Setting UI Brightness
DOCUMENT SETUP & ARTBOARDS (30 min)
  • Creating a New Document & Setting Preferences
  • Introducing the Artboard Tool
  • Working in a Video Preset
  • Setting Up Multiple Artboards
  • Using Multiple Artboards
  • Overlapping Artboards
CREATING OBJECTS (34 min)
  • Locking a Selection, Enabling Smart Guides & Setting Up the Ruler
  • Drawing a Rectangle & Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Drawing a Rounded Rectangle & an Ellipse
  • Drawing a Polygon, a Star & a Flare
  • Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
  • Editing Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool
THE ADOBE PEN TOOL (36 min)
  • The Pen Tool Explained
  • Pen Tool Basics
  • Drawing Shapes with Bezier Points
  • Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points
  • Using Bezier Controls to Draw a Heart Shape
  • Tracing an Image with the Pen Tool
GROUPS, LAYERS & TRANSFORMATIONS (43 min)
  • Understanding Object Hierarchy
  • Changing Object Stacking Order
  • Grouping Objects
  • Performing Basic Transformations
  • Transform Strokes, the Transform Panel & Transform Multiple Objects
  • Using the Transform Each Command & Isolation Mode
  • Using the Transform Tools & Resizing the Artboard & Its Content
COLORS & COLOR SPACES (29 min)
  • Basic Fills & Strokes
  • The Color Panel & the Eyedropper Tool
  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • Color Spaces & Adjusting the Appearance of Black
SWATCHES, GRADIENTS & PATTERNS (38 min)
  • The Swatches Panel
  • Loading a Swatch Library
  • The Basics of Gradients
  • Saving & Editing Gradients
  • Gradient Recommendations
  • Creating & Working with Patterns
STROKES, EFFECTS & APPEARANCE (39 min)
  • Stroking a Path via the Control Panel
  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Modifying Corner Type, Stroke Alignment & Corner Limit
  • Using the Appearance Panel & the Offset Path Command
  • Using the Appearance Panel to Recreate Artwork
  • Applying a Gradient Stroke, Editing Effects, Saving & Applying Graphic Styles
AUTOMATING SHAPES & COLORS (37 min)
  • Using the Shape Builder Tool
  • Recoloring Artwork Automatically
  • Aligning, Distributing & Averaging Shapes
  • Using the Blend Tool
  • Using the Transform Again Command
  • The Pathfinder Panel
  • Creating a Gear
THE ADOBE TYPE ENGINE (55:49 min)
  • Working with Point Text
  • Area Text vs. Point Text
  • Using the Character Panel
  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts in the Character Panel
  • Styling Document Text
  • Adjusting Leading with Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Fine Text Adjustments & Placing Area Text
  • Flowing & Formatting Area Text
  • Type on a Path & the Glyphs Panel
SAVING & SHARING YOUR WORK (22:57 min)
  • Saving Your Files
  • Exporting & Creating PDFs for Print
  • Setting Basic Printing Options
  • Using the Save for Web Command & Making Art Pixel-Perfect
Photoshop CS6
GETTING STARTED (41 min)
  • Exploring the Interface & Panels
  • Switching & Customizing Workspaces
  • Using the Tools Panel & Options Bar
  • Creating & Opening New Documents
  • Zooming & Changing Document Views
  • Saving Documents
MAKING SELECTIONS (49 min)
  • Working with Basic Selection Tools
  • Working with the Lasso Tools
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Using the Refine Edge Command
NON-DESTRUCTIVE EDITING & WORKING WITH LAYERS (35 min)
  • Making Panoramic Pictures with Photomerge
  • Creating a Layer Mask with Quick Mask Mode
  • Moving Images to Other Documents & Using Free Transform
  • Working with Layer Masks & Applying an Adjustment Layer
  • Creating a Grayscale Image with Actions
CREATING COMPOSITE IMAGES (66 min)
  • Arranging Multiple Open Documents On-screen
  • Loading a Selection & Pasting into a Selection
  • Creating an Adjustment Layer with a Layer Mask
  • Working with a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer
  • Merging Photos with the Merge to HDR Pro Command
  • Using Content Aware Fill
  • Working with the Patch Tool
  • Using the Gradient Tool to Combine Picture Elements into a New Picture
  • Working with Layer Styles, Fill Opacity & Opacity
  • Exploring the Filter Gallery
  • Adjusting Composited Images using Layer Effects
DESIGNING WITH TYPE (75 min)
  • Defining the Project
  • Brainstorming the Project
  • Creating Guides
  • Placing Images
  • Working with Text
  • Adding Layer Styles to Text
  • Designing for a Different Audience
  • Improving the Design Layout with Filters
  • Using the New Content-Aware Move Command
  • Converting Text to a Shape
RESTORING & CORRECTING PHOTOS & EXPLORING BLENDING MODES (54 min)
  • Arranging Multiple Open Documents On-screen
  • Scanning an Image
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Using the Healing Brush Tool
  • Using the Patch Tool & Clone Stamp Tool
  • Using Content Aware with the Patch Tool
  • Applying an Action from the Actions Panel
  • Understanding Blending Modes
  • Using Blending Modes to Colorize an Image
DRAWING & PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP (51 min)
  • Reviewing the Drawing Modes
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Drawing & Altering Shapes
  • Exploring the Brush Panel
  • Painting with Brushes
  • Applying the Oil Paint Filter
USING ADOBE BRIDGE (12 min)
  • An Overview of Adobe Bridge
  • Using Automated Tasks
CREATING A WEB PHOTO GALLERY (26 min)
  • Using the Histogram Panel
  • Using Auto Adjustments
  • Improving Image Composition with Cropping
  • Creating a Web Photo Gallery
  • Credits
InDesign CS6
WORKING WITH THE INDESIGN INTERFACE (86 min)
  • Getting Started with InDesign CS6
  • Creating a New Document
  • Selecting & Placing Content
  • Working with the Type & Shape Tools
  • Using the Control Panel
  • Formatting Text
  • Viewing & Arranging Panels
  • Creating & Saving a Custom Workspace & Performing a Text Wrap
LAYOUT BASICS (71 min)
  • Creating InDesign CS6 Document Presets
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Margins, Column & Ruler Guides & Zooming
  • Placing, Scaling & Arranging Graphic Elements
  • Placing & Formatting Text, Part 1
  • Placing & Formatting Text, Part 2
  • Copying Elements between Documents
  • Printing Documents
PACKAGING & PREPARING DOCUMENTS (40 min)
  • The Capabilities & Limitations of Spellchecking
  • Live Preflighting & Creating Custom Preflight Profiles
  • Correcting Preflighting Problems
  • Packaging InDesign Documents for Remote Printing
CUSTOMIZING APPLICATION PREFERENCES (74 min)
  • Setting General & Interface Preferences
  • Setting Type & Composition Preferences
  • Customizing Measurement, Grid & Guide Preferences
  • Setting Dictionary, Spelling & Auto-Correction Preferences
  • Setting Notes, Track Changes & Story Editor Display Preferences
  • Adjusting Display Performance & Appearance of Black
  • File & Clipboard Handling Preferences
CREATING A TEMPLATE (77 min)
  • Setting Up a Trifold Brochure Layout
  • Manipulating Page Size & Orientation with the Page Tool
  • Creating Paragraph Styles, Part 1
  • Creating Paragraph Styles, Part 2
  • Creating Character Styles
  • Adding Custom Color Swatches
  • Understanding Differences between Templates & Documents
CREATING A DOCUMENT FROM A TEMPLATE (89 min)
  • Placing a Picture & Adjusting Display Performance Settings
  • Placing, Formatting & Modifying Text with Paragraph Styles
  • Creating Bulleted Lists & Formatting Graphics
  • Replicating & Placing Repeated Elements
  • Placing & Scaling Graphic Elements
  • Formatting Type & Splitting Type within Text Frames
  • Quality Checking, Packaging & Saving in InDesign CS6
CREATING LONG DOCUMENTS (108 min)
  • Creating Long Document Templates, Part 1
  • Creating Long Document Templates, Part 2
  • Auto-Flowing & Formatting Type for Long Documents
  • Refine Long Document Layouts by Extending Type Style Attributes
  • Building a Table of Contents
  • Making Index Entries
  • Combining Multiple InDesign CS6 Documents into a Book
  • Generating Master Indexes for InDesign CS6 Books
  • Printing Review Proofs
CREATING PRINT FORMS (72 min)
  • Using the Tab Ruler
  • Aligning with the Tab Ruler
  • Using Spot Color, Inline Graphics & Fixed Space Alignment
  • Studying Table Creation & Formatting
  • Working with Table Styles
CREATING INTERACTIVE PDF FILES (71 min)
  • Building Text Fields in PDF Documents
  • Creating Check Boxes for Interactive Forms
  • Setting up Radio Button Groups
  • List Boxes & Combo Boxes for Interactive Forms
  • Placing & Formatting Buttons
  • Preparing for Digital Signatures & Saving Interactive PDFs
  • Resetting Tab Order for Interactive Forms
  • Credits
Fireworks CS6
WHAT IS FIREWORKS? (02:45 min)
  • What is Fireworks?
GETTING STARTED (20:01 min)
  • Exploring the Tools, Commands & Guides
  • Canvas Properties, Smart Guides, Tooltips & Preferences
WORKING WITH VECTOR SHAPES (44:54 min)
  • Using the Vector Tools
  • Introducing the Color Tools & Live Filters
  • Taking Advantage of Improved Color Access
  • Utilizing the New Alpha Support for Fill & Stroke
  • Creating a Banner Ad
WORKING WITH BITMAPS (17:27 min)
  • Using the Bitmap Selection Tools
  • Performing Image Correction
  • Vector Masking
CREATING TEXT (33:24 min)
  • Creating & Formatting Text
  • Optimizing, Distorting & Adding Effects to Text
  • Formatting Paragraphs, Checking Spelling & Adjusting Kearning
  • Advanced Text Features
  • Creating Basic & Swap Image Rollovers
USING SYMBOLS & THE COMMON LIBRARY (06:42 min)
  • Creating a Symbol
  • Using the Common Library
WORKING WITH LAYERS & PAGES (09:59 min)
  • Working with Layers
  • Working with Pages
ANIMATING IN FIREWORKS (12:26 min)
  • Creating an Animated GIF
  • Tweening & Adjusting States Using Onion Skinning
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER (1:07:26 min)
  • Wireframing
  • Designing a Mockup
  • Adding Paragraphs, Lists & Text Fields to the Mockup
  • Designing a Mobile Version of the Mockup
  • Designing a Mobile Version of the Mockup
  • Exporting, Saving & Extracting CSS Properties
  • The New CSS Sprites & jQuery Mobile Skinning Options
INTEGRATING WITH OTHER CS6 APPLICATIONS (06:30 min)
  • Integrating with Photoshop
  • Integrating with Illustrator
  • Credits
  • Skills for Designers – Masking
  • Skills for Designers – Images in InDesign
  • Skills for Designers – Mastering the Pen Tool
  • Skills for Designers – Working with Type
  • Skills for Designers – Making Selections of People
  • Prepare for the adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC exam
  • Illustrator CC
  • InDesign CC