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Graphic Designer Basics

Learn the basics and step into the world of web design.



£99 inc VAT
Or £33.00/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
1 month
No formal qualification

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Are you considering a career as a Graphic Designer? Perhaps you’ve dabbled with a few design elements and now you’re looking to turn your passion into a career. This Graphic Design course is the perfect start you were looking for. For design novices and beginners, this course is for those who are looking to learn graphic design basics.


This Graphic Design Basics course covers everything you need to know for a solid foundation in Graphic Design. Touching on elements such as using vectors, web research and creating your personal brand, this course will give you all the Graphic Designer Basics.

What you will learn

This Graphic Designer Basics course is an introduction into the field of Graphic Design.



Design Introduction

Module 1

Web Research

Import Images

Lay Out

Key Tools Part 1

Key Tools Part 2

Marquee Tools

Pen Shape Tools


Module 2

Spacing Alignment Colour

The Importance of Shape

Finding a Style which Suits You

Importing your logo

Using Shapes and Paths to Ink Logo

Logo Spacing & Fonts

Refining Logo with FX

Knowing your Client

Building Shapes

Fine Tweaking

Creating Iterations

Logo Extended Exercise


Module 3

Poster Research

Analysing the Layout

Using Vectors or Smart Objects

Exploring Custom Shapes

Finding Other Custom Shapes

Making a Speech Bubble

Making An Icon

Making Unique Shapes

Creating the Borders & Background

Creating the Pet Using Paths

Adding the Circle Shadow

Adding the Font & Final FX

Exporting from Photoshop

Poster Extended Exercise


Module 4

Web Research

Web Layout Alignment & Justification

Using Groups & Naming Conventions

Web Research

Designing More Website Icons

Creating Forms

Creating the Base Layout

Creating the Menu/ Hover Links

Adding the Main Content Section

Adding the Footer Content Section

Extended Exercise


Module 5

Create your personal branding

Saving out your Finished work

Creating an account with Image Shack

Examining Links for Blog Posting

Create an Account on Blogger

Bringing in your personalised Banner

Creating your First Blog Post

Online Portfolio Extended Exercise


Module 6

Extended Exercise

Please note that the official exam is not included, however for those who complete the course, they will receive a completion certificate upon request.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are interested in learning the basics of graphic design. If becoming a Graphic Designer is something that interests you, then this course is the perfect start.


There are no pre-requisites for this course

Career path

Graphic Designer
Web Designer
Web Developer
Graphic Artist

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Latoya asked:

Hi there, when will the course start and is it applicable to Nambia citizens?


Logins are normally issued within 48 hours and can be studied online anywhere in the world

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Andrea asked:

Do I need to have different designer softwares like Photoshop? Or the course can be complated without them?


You can use Photoshop or any similar opensource software

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Joseph Otieno asked:

Hello was just asking must the fee for graphic and web design paid in full or someone can pay in installments???


Full payment through Reed only

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Richard asked:

How does this course compare in terms of content with a B.A or H. N.D Graphic design is there a higher chance of employment?


Hi, Richard This is an entry-level course which will teach you the basics of graphic design.

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Hi, Michael Unfortunately, we do not offer any courses on videography.

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