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Graphic Design with Photoshop

The need for cutting edge, professionally-designed interactive media keeps growing, and that means qualified graphic designers are in high demand. In this nationally-recognized course, you’ll prepare for a dream job in the graphic design field by mastering Photoshop, the world’s most popular application for creating and editing graphic images. 

You’ll begin with basic graphic design techniques and build your skills from the bottom-up, mastering the terms and processes that professional graphic artists rely on. You’ll learn the rules and standards for effective graphic design and discover innovative strategies. This knowledge of graphic design will help you select graphics that convey the desired message, style, and tone for a variety of clients. Additionally, you’ll discover how to correctly package a project for printing and production. 

9 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Wilkes Community College

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Graphic Design with Photoshop

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES516

What You Will Learn
  • Grasp most commonly used graphic design concepts and terminology
  • Use any tool in the Photoshop workspace
  • Understand how the history of design has influenced popular design today
  • Develop an impressive electronic portfolio
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare yourself for an entry-level career in graphic design
  • Create a comprehensive electronic portfolio that can be shown to potential employers or clients
  • Master an understanding of the tools and communication habits used by successful graphic designers
  • Learn how to create visuals that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but convey a strong message

Outline

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Assessing Client Needs

Learn how to communicate effectively with a current or prospective client. Understand your needs and questions to ask before embarking on a new project, including what is the client trying to promote and who is the target audience?

Design Fundamentals

Begin learning the basics of design. This section of the course will cover how to effectively create a logo, submit proofs, and collaborate with a client. Next, understand design, layout, and color fundamentals. Learn how to define the project’s style and tone, create an effective layout, and how to choose the right colors.

Working with Type

Explore the role of type in graphic design. Begin to be able to identify font characters and choose the right font for headings and body text. Lastly, you’ll work with creating and placing blocks of text. 

Photo Editing

Dive into the world of Photoshop. Build a foundation of knowledge regarding opening photos, resizing and cropping images, using retouching tools, creating a composite image, and adjusting tone, color, and contrast.

Designing for Different Mediums

Put your new skills to use by creating design campaigns for different mediums, including brochures, print advertising, web marketing, and email advertising.

Bringing it all Together

Complete the course by creating a complete marketing package. As the class concludes, you’ll learn about production methods, website options, and how to create camera-ready art for print.

Details
  1. Understanding the Client
    1. Assessing client needs
    2. What is the client trying to promote?
    3. Who is the target audience?
  2. Designing the Logo
    1. Creating effective logo designs
    2. Submitting proofs
    3. Collaborating with the client
    4. Making a final selection
  3. Design, Layout, and Color Fundamentals
    1. Defining the style and tone of the project
    2. Understanding effective layouts
    3. Choosing the right colors
  4. Working with Type
    1. Understanding the role of type in graphic design
    2. Identifying font characters
    3. Choosing the right fonts for headings and body text
    4. Working with blocks of text
  5. Photo Editing
    1. Opening a photo in Photoshop
    2. Resizing the image
    3. Cropping images
    4. Using image retouching tools
    5. Auto tone, color, and contrast
    6. Creating a composite image
  6. Designing a Brochure
    1. Laying out your brochure's six
    2. Panels
    3. Choosing colors and fonts
    4. Selecting images
    5. Building effective headline and body text
    6. Fine-tuning your layout for visual impact and usefulness
  7. Creating Print Advertising
    1. Designing an ad for print
    2. Effective use of space
    3. Conveying information
    4. Creating a compelling image
  8. Designing for the Web
    1. Understanding the web design process
    2. Creating web content
    3. Designing an effective web page
    4. Optimizing images for the web
    5. Building a searchable page
    6. Designing for social media
  9. Email Advertising
    1. Creating email advertising
    2. Creating an effective email blast
    3. Designing a readable email
    4. Working with automated email services
  10. Bringing it all Together
    1. Creating a complete marketing package
    2. Production methods
    3. Creating camera-ready art for print
    4. Website options
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Instructors & Support

Laurie Fuller

Laurie Fuller has been writing about and teaching people to use Microsoft Office for more than 20 years—including personally training thousands of students, writing hundreds of training manuals, and authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books on subjects including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. Her books include 2000-page epics that document every button, bell, and whistle, as well as friendlier introductory and troubleshooting books for new users. Her most recent publication on Microsoft Access is Access 2016 for Dummies. In addition to writing and teaching, Laurie runs her own firm, Limehat & Company, providing training, marketing, graphic design, and web development services to clients throughout the world, with a focus on helping growing companies and non-profit organizations build their brand through effective promotions, outreach, and education.

Randy Rolen

Randy Rolen has been a professional Graphic Designer for 32 years. After working as the Senior Graphic Designer in high tech companies for many years, he started his own design firm in 1993, and began to specialize in web based design, including websites and banner advertising. He has also been teaching online since 2002.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Photoshop CS6 (or Creative Cloud) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

Will I be able to market myself as a graphic designer after taking this class?

Like most things, practice makes perfect. You’ll have the basic design skills and Photoshop abilities to take on most graphic design projects, but it’s recommended that you do some pro-bono (no-charge, for needy organizations, family businesses, etc.) work before you put yourself out there as an experienced designer. Build your portfolio based on what you learn in this class and apply your experience to a few jobs before you making an official leap as a Professional Graphic Designer.

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