Introduction to Graphic Design

Introduction to Graphic Design

Graphic design is a complex art. To become a graphic designer, you need to master many different skills and tools. This course covers the concepts and software that every designer needs to know and explains how they fit into a typical graphic design workflow. Instructor Tony Harmer introduces the creative process, including high-level concepts like layout, typography, and color. Then it's your chance to get hands-on, using Photoshop to creatively adjust, repair, and retouch the kinds of images used in graphic design projects. Tony then shows how to use Illustrator to build a custom logo and introduces important vector-drawing techniques. Last, he visits InDesign for an overview of the document layout and print preparation processes. By the end of the course, you'll have a better grasp of what graphic designers do and what you'll need to learn next. It's a great jumping off point for any graphic design career.

Topics include:

  • The creative process
  • Layout and composition
  • Grids
  • Typography
  • Color
  • Transforming images and assets in Photoshop
  • Drawing logos in Illustrator
  • Designing graphics and documents in InDesign


  • 英文名称:Introduction to Graphic Design
  • 时长:4小时12分
  • 字幕:英语


  1. Welcome
  2. What is graphic design?
  3. Overview of the creative process
  4. The creative brief
  5. Research
  6. Ideation
  7. Digital ideation
  8. Production
  9. The basics of layout and composition
  10. The design space
  11. Principles of layout
  12. Grids
  13. Exercise: Layout analysis
  14. The language of type
  15. Type terminology
  16. Type anatomy
  17. Basic type classifications
  18. Ligatures
  19. Type measurement
  20. Text elements: Character
  21. Text elements: Paragraph
  22. Selecting type
  23. Basic typography guidelines
  24. Type crimes
  25. Color components
  26. Monochrome and temperature
  27. Color harmonies
  28. RGB and CMYK
  29. Process and spot colors
  30. Color associations
  31. Color blindness
  32. Photoshop quick start tour
  33. Saving a PSD file from Photoshop
  34. Making basic selections in Photoshop
  35. Placing and transforming other assets
  36. Making and refining color selections
  37. Selecting and refining hair strands
  38. Selectively changing colors
  39. Using content-aware scale
  40. Cropping an image
  41. Making a black-and-white adjustment
  42. Illustrator quick start
  43. Importing a rough sketch
  44. Drawing the logo
  45. Creating a color theme
  46. Creating point type in Illustrator
  47. Using the Touch Type tool
  48. Creative Cloud libraries
  49. InDesign quick start tour
  50. Creating a new document
  51. Working with master pages
  52. Importing graphics into InDesign
  53. Roundtrip editing with Photoshop
  54. Adjusting the fit of graphics
  55. Importing text into InDesign
  56. Creating text styles in InDesign
  57. Creating object styles in InDesign
  58. Creating tables in InDesign
  59. Finalizing the design
  60. Using InDesign Publish Online
  61. Recommended courses
  62. Connecting with the author