Free Shaw Academy Diploma in Graphic Design

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Module 1 Course Considerations
904,789 successful graduates,

8 interactive lessons

4 weeks

8 hours +

The path to certified qualification


1. Introduction to graphic design

We start with the graphic design “What is” and how graphic design is meant to visually communicate an idea, thought, message or meaning by combining symbols, images and / or words. We also provide an overview of the Holy Trinity graphic design application, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign, and how designers can make the most of these tools.

2. Elements and principles of design

In this lesson you will learn to develop the ‘Designer Eye’ by understanding the basic elements of graphic design. You will understand how to use the line, shape, color, texture, mass and space to convey your message, and use the principles to place order and structure in your projects.

3. Colour theory and an introduction to Photoshop

One of the most important factors in any design is color. Color theory creates a logical structure and is very important to understand it as part of your design education. Color can set the mood, draw attention or make a statement. It can be your most powerful design element, and here you will learn how to effectively understand and use it.

4. Photoshop designers

Adobe Photoshop is the standard digital image manipulation application. In this lesson you will learn how to use some of the most advanced tools of Photoshop to bring creative ideas to life, while increasing productivity with simple tips and tricks.

5. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator typography and overview

Printing plays an important role in strengthening your brand, creating interest in your product and highlighting the key message. Here you will get a good understanding of the basics and learn how it is an essential skill and knowledge area for all graphic designers.

6. Creating a logo with Adobe Illustrator

The logo design is all around. These serve as immediate reminders and product or brand recognition points. Here we will look at the best logo design practices and the challenge of incorporating client ideologies into a single image, while utilizing the skills of Adobe Illustrator in logo design.

7. Web design

Implementing web page design is an essential skill to understand how users interact with websites. In this lesson you will gain an understanding of applying the principles to your design and creating effective, professional layouts.

8. Basic information on printing and preprinting and an introduction to InDesign

One of the most important aspects of design is printing, and it is very important to understand exactly how to set up the files correctly for printing. Here you will learn the correct terminology for using it, as well as compiling and compiling a document to print in Adobe InDesign.

Our Diploma in Graphic Design introduces students to the basic concepts of graphic design and the world of visual communication. Students explore the concept of visual thinking, design elements and principles and the basics of typography. The course also introduces students to essential software, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as practical lessons in this field.

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