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Graphic Design for Everyone

with Lesa Snider

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  •   02 Four Secrets for Great Design


Class duration: 15h 51m

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About The Class

build your foundation in graphic design

Graphic design is everywhere you look; some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it just plain ugly. In this 3-day online graphic design course, you learn the four secrets to great graphic design that will ensure your promotional materials always looks their very best. Each design secret will be revealed, defined and then put into practice on several projects including business cards, ads, and more. You also learn a lot about typography and color theory, both of which are essential for your design success. No matter which software you use--Photoshop, InDesign, Pages, or even Word--these design techniques will serve you well!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Day 1 Pre-Show

  2. 02

    Four Secrets for Great Design

    Lesa breaks down the four secrets every graphic designer needs to know.

  3. 03

    Morning Q&A

  4. 04

    Morning Recap

  5. 05

    Striking Images

  6. 06

    Faces in Design

  7. 07

    Layering and Simplifying

  8. 08

    Introduction to Typography

  9. 09

    Typographic Offenses

  10. 10

    Formatting Text

  11. 11

    Formatting Text in Different Programs

  12. 12

    Day 1 Wrap-Up

  13. 13

    Day 2 Pre-Show

  14. 14

    Designing Logos: Fonts and Text

  15. 15

    Editing Text in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop

  16. 16

    Taking Control of Color

  17. 17

    Creating Business Cards

  18. 18

    Business Card Makeover

  19. 19

    Day 2 Wrap-Up

  20. 20

    Day 3 Pre-Show

  21. 21

    Designing Magazine Ads

  22. 22

    Designing Postcards & Event Posters

  23. 23

    Creating Your Own Patterns

  24. 24

    Creating Custom Photo Books

  25. 25

    Day 3 Wrap-Up


Meet Your Expert

Lesa Snider

Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s the author of several books including the best-selling series, Photoshop: The Missing Manual, and coauthor of iPhoto '11: The Missing ... read more

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  • pdf GraphicDesignForEveryone.pdf
  • pdf PDF of Additional Resources
  • pdf Formatting in Word.doc
  • pdf Leading.psd
  • pdf Kerning.psd
  • pdf tracking.psd
  • pdf baseline shift.psd
  • pdf opentype.psd
  • pdf roman hanging.psd
  • pdf Logos and color slides.pdf
  • pdf Day 2 PSD
  • pdf Day 3 PSD
  • pdf DesignToolsMagazine.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    April 2014

    … exactly what I needed for current and upcoming projects! Actually, it was much MORE than I thought I needed. Once it all sank in, I realized just how much I didn’t know, but needed to know. The training is top-notch and very effective, and just to top that off with a cherry, Lesa Snider is the most engaging instructor with whom I’ve had the privilege to learn. I can’t recommend this course, Graphic Design for Everyone enough. … talk about “clicking” with an instructor… A self-professed Southern geek/nerd with a sense of humor is a darned near perfect click between that instructor and this student. I love to learn anyway, but Lesa Snider’s classes are a wonderful blend of fun that runs throughout the entire course of technically advanced concepts and application. Where do you find a course where you laugh as much as you learn (both massively)? … a Lesa Snider course. I’ve already put the course material to good use and look forward to using the class info and skills even more in future projects.

  • Adrienne


    February 2013

    I've been a fan of CreativeLive for along time. I've attended many classes, but this is one of my most favorite sessions. I think Lesa is a great trainer and find I am learning a great deal. I liked it so much I actually purchased this course. I would watch any course she was part of. Great graphics design course and wonderful tips.

  • Creativelive Student

    February 2013

    I enjoyed it very much. However, I hated that I could not pause or rewind,,,so I had no choice, had to purchase. :)Lesa is a terrific Instructor. She takes the hardship out of the learning process with her wonderful ever so friendly personality. She instead turns it into a joy and I enjoy very much her courses! Thank You Lesa!

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