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About This Course

This graphic design fundamentals course was developed for anyone who wants to understand great design and how to practically apply it to real world projects. The goal is to take what you learn from this course and start to build a portfolio of projects that use solid graphic design principles.

If you are ready to tackle the full course! I go over the basics of Canva, a cloud based design tool that can help you hop right into design and layout in a matter of minutes. We will use Canva throughout this course as the design software of choice because of its ease of use. Feel free to skip module 2 if you already feel comfortable with Canva!

TYPOGRAPHY: This class will conquer the world of typography and fonts. We will learn font types, pairing, styles, and how to use typography in layout and design. We will even create a poster only using the power of typography.

PHOTOS and IMAGES: Next, we will dive into the powerful and emotional world of photography in design. What is good photography and how do we incorporate this into our designs? How do we use filters and effects to add to the emotional impact of a design and lastly, we will create a book cover using photos as our main attraction.

COLOR: When talking about solid design principles. Color will be one of the most powerful tools we can use. We will Learn basic color theory, how to set the tone with color usage, finding the right color palette, creating mood boards to source of color choices and finally we will create a logo and apply our chosen color pallet.

LAYOUT: What brings all of these elements together is fantastic and balanced layout and blocking. We will review basic layout principles and start to apply everything we have learned in the class to practical projects including creating a social media graphic, a flyer and finally a full front and back tri-fold brochure.

RESOURCES: Resources are an important part of your arsenal. We will review photo copyrights, free resources and even where I go for dependable paid resources for stock photography and fonts.

PORTFOLIO BUILDING: In the end of this class, you will be tasked to tackle several projects that will be the beginning of your portfolio that will show off great solid design principles and can help you land your next big opportunity.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to Canva, FREE or Paid

What will I learn?

  • The goal is to take what you learn from this course and propel your future career or start a new one in a field involving design.
  • You will be able to start building your portfolio by creating practical real world projects
  • You will created a book cover, brochure, logo, business card, flyer and poster by the end of this course
  • Understand great design principles in the areas of typography , photography, layout and composition

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to learn and practice GREAT graphic design through lessons and then apply them to practical REAL world projects

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to compose typography, learn the concept of colors, and review design photos and layout.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about the designing typography, colors photos and layouts.

Course Curriculum

3h 40m

Section 1 - An Introduction To Graphic Design
What Is Graphic Design? 00:00:00
Section 2 - Canva: The Basics
Why Canva? 00:00:00
Let’s Get Comfortable With Canva: Type And Shapes 00:00:00
Let’s Dive Deeper Into Canva: Photos 00:00:00
The Layering System And Working With Templates 00:00:00
Opening And Savings Documents In Canva 00:00:00
Section 3 - Typography And Fonts
Type Styles 00:00:00
Using Typography In Layout And Design 00:00:00
Font Pairing 00:00:00
Let’s Create A Poster Using Only Typography! 00:00:00
Let’s Create A Business Card And Practice Type Hierarchy 00:00:00
Typography Trends 00:00:00
Section 4 - Photography And Design
Photography And Design 00:00:00
Cropping Photography 00:00:00
Photo Filters And Effects 00:00:00
Let’s Create A Book Cover: Part 1 00:00:00
Let’s Create A Book Cover: Part 2 00:00:00
Section 5 - Color
Basic Color Theory 00:00:00
Colors And Emotions 00:00:00
Finding The Right Color Palette 00:00:00
Let’s Design A Logo – Applying Our New Color Pallet To A Logo Design: Part 1 00:00:00
Let’s Design A Logo – Applying Our New Color Pallet To A Logo Design: Part 2 00:00:00
Section 6 - Layout And Blocking
Basic Layout Principles 00:00:00
Let’s Practice By Creating A Social Media Graphic! 00:00:00
Let’s Practice By Creating A Flyer! 00:00:00
More Layout Practice – Let’s Create Brochure: Part 1 00:00:00
More Layout Practice – Let’s Create Brochure: Part 2 00:00:00
Section 7 - Graphic Design Tools And Resources
Photo Copyrights 00:00:00
Finding FREE Graphic Resources 00:00:00
Finding PAID Graphic Resources 00:00:00
Section 8 - Start Your Design Portfolio!
Design Challanges 00:00:00

Course Reviews


9 ratings
  1. Shelly Morton

    Great detail, great instructor


    I absolutely loved this course and can’t wait to use what I have learned. The instructor was well organized in her presentation of the material, gave practical info on a wide variety of topics while demonstrating how to put it into practice. Thank you so much!

  2. Kristin Waugh

    Loved it!


    I really enjoyed this!
    I have been studying graphic design for 3 months now and I didn’t know anything about Canva.
    She’s really good at explaining and I love the little hacks/workaround tips she gives.
    As a beginner, I definitely learned a lot!

    Highly recommend 🙂

  3. Kenny

    A wealth of knowledge.


    Easy to follow along with and great outside sources for cool freebie workaround tips and tricks. I’ll be sure to watch it again, too. Well worth your time.

  4. Jennie Vaughan

    Brilliant Course


    Brilliant course for beginners, very useful tips and great free resources.

  5. Kenia Wilson

    Great Course


    I learned a lot of useful information and got introduced to some great resources.

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