Create Beautiful Graphics Online

An in-depth look into what makes for good design and how you can easily create your own graphics for online use.

The course starts out with design theory; Jo goes over the general laws, guidelines and considerations that go towards creating aesthetically pleasing designs. She then delves into the world of colour, typography and using images in your designs; including how to generate colour palettes, and where to find beautiful and free fonts and images.

Lastly, she hosts an ‘over the shoulder’ walk-through on design apps that you can use to create your own graphics, including some design tools that may help you along the way.


“Graphics course was so knowledgeable, thank you jo.”
Fiona


“Jo is the best! I’ve listened to setup a FB page and graphic design. Fab! Graphic design was brilliant and use it all the time. Highly recommend.”
Michelle

COURSE CURRICULUM

MODULE 1: OVERVIEW

Introduction

This unit is an introduction to the course. It covers what we’ll be learning throughout the course, who the course is for and also highlighting anything you’ll need in order to successfully complete the course.

 

MODULE 2: DESIGN BASICS

Elements and Principals of Design

In this unit Jo runs you through some design laws, guidelines and general considerations that help towards creating good design. You don’t have to remember all of these, just give them some thought when creating your masterpieces!

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Composition

In this unit Jo goes through composition, which is all about how you lay out your designs; the visual ordering or the structure. Without a good composition, your design may look chaotic or ‘slapped together’, even if you’re using amazing design elements.

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Using Colour

This unit is all about colour. The different colour schemes, the meaning of colour and some general tips on using colour in your designs.

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Typography

In this unit Jo takes a close look at typography. She covers the difference between fonts and typefaces, the anatomy of type, considerations when it comes to using type in design, where to find great free fonts and some general tips.

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Images

In this unit Jo takes you through using images in design. She takes a quick look at the difference between print and web images and then explains the different file formats, where to find great images to use in your designs, and also covers some general tips on using images.

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MODULE 3: YOUR BRAND

The Style Guide

In this unit Jo explains what a style guide (or brand guidelines) is, and the benefits of having one made up for your business.

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MODULE 4: DESIGN TOOLS

Design Tools Overview

In this unit Jo briefly explains the different design tools you may come across and need when creating online graphics, and what to expect in this module.

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Designing with Pixlr 1

Time to start designing! This unit covers the basics of an image editing web app called Pixlr.

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Designing with Pixlr 2

In this unit Jo runs you through recreating the graphic she made in Photoshop in Pixlr’s web app.

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Designing with Canva

In this unit Jo runs you through the basics of what you can do with Canva, and then recreates the graphic she made in Photoshop using Canva’s web app.

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Designing with PowerPoint

In this unit Jo recreates the graphic she made in Photoshop using PowerPoint.

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Create Product Images

In this unit Jo takes a design of an ebook cover and creates a 3D product image using the web app My eCover maker.

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Extra Design Tools

In this unit Jo shows you some extra design tools that may help you when creating your own beautiful graphics online.

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MODULE 5: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED

A Recap

The final unit for the course – so what have we learned?

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Presented by:

JO BAKER

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