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Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included

This nationally recognized training program will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop, the gold standard for image creation and editing. This program will teach you graphic design basics and build your skills step-by-step, as you master the terms and processes used by professional graphic artists. You’ll not only learn the rules and standards for effective graphic design, but you’ll also discover strategies for creating graphics that convey desired messages, styles, and tones.

You’ll practice with real-world examples, challenges, and thought-provoking assignments, and learn how to determine a client’s needs, design marketing materials to meet those needs, in addition toassembling your designs in an online portfolio to enter the industry. This program will help you create images that stand apart from the competition, in addition to positioning you for a rewarding career in graphic design.

9 Months / 200 Course Hrs
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Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included Details + Objective

Course Code: GES518

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of graphic design concepts and terminology
  • Use any tool in the Photoshop workspace efficiently
  • Take a look at the history of graphic design and advertising to understand how it affects design today
  • Master how to correctly package a project for printing and production
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Create an extensive digital portfolio that can be used to show potential employers and clients
  • Master the features of Photoshop suite needed to create results-driven professional work
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a graphic designer, art director, video game designer, web develop, photo editor, and more
  • Develop your own design style that will distinguish you from competitors
Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included Outline
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Understanding the Client

Learn how to effectively communicate with a client while anticipating their needs. You’ll learn to ask thoughtful questions regarding what the brand is trying to promote and figuring out who their target audience may be.

Designing Logos, Layout, and Color Fundamental

Understand how to create powerful logo designs that peak interest in customers and satisfy your client. Learn the process of designing work for clients from submitting proofs and collaborating to making a final selection. You’ll also learn how to create layouts for various projects and the fundamentals of color theory. 

Working with Type

Master an understanding of the importance of type in graphic design. Learn how to identify different font characters, how to choose the most useful font for your projects, and how to work with blocks of text.

Photo Editing

Master the functions of Photoshop. Learn how to resize, crop, and retouch images. Understand how to create composite images, as well as how to change color, tone, and contrast within.

Print Advertising

Create a brochure and an ad for print during this section of the course. You’ll examine how to effectively use space, color, font, and images in print advertising.

Digital Advertising

Learn how to create results-driven web pages, social media graphics, and email advertisements. Understand how to build a searchable web page and how to work with automated email services.

Program 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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Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included Instructors
Laurie Ulrich Fuller

Laurie Ulrich Fuller has been practicing for more than 20 years. She received an education in the arts, and has been a professional graphic designer in many professional areas. She started her own company in 1992 to provide design, marketing, training, and technical documentation services to companies all over the world. Laurie is the author of several titles on Photoshop, InDesign, and general graphic design topics. These titles include The Photoshop CS3 Bible and How to Do Everything Adobe InDesign CS4. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. She was an adjunct faculty member at Temple University for more than 10 years, teaching everything from Microsoft Office to Adobe Photoshop to Web Design.

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

Previous experience with Photoshop is not necessary. The software, Adobe Photoshop CC, will be provided upon enrollment, so you dont need to have it prior to enrollment.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or PC. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, or Vista for PC users. Internet Explorer is not compatible with this program. You'll need to use a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account, and Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions). Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. Click Here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click Here to download the Flash Player.

Hardware Requirements 

For Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor
  • 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.8 GB free disk space for installation
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater
  • Microsoft Direct3D-capable workstation-class graphics card
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

  • Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Revealed
  • 1st Edition Graphic Design Basics
  • 6th Edition Graphic Design Solutions
  • 5th Edition

The software for this program, Adobe Photoshop CC, will be provided with your tuition upon your enrollment and will be valid for one year after the activation date.

Graphic Design with Photoshop, Software Included Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to buy additional materials?

ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment. This includes the Adobe Photoshop CC software which will be valid for one year after the activation date.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

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.

Can I make a good living as a graphic designer?

Yes, if you work hard and develop a good client list. It’s important to seek clients out, provide all the services you can to these clients, and make good connections for word-of-mouth referrals. Also, stay involved with professional organizations, chambers of commerce, or local small business networking groups. Get your name out there, and use social media to promote your services.

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