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Graphic Design Basics

Learn the basics of graphic design to boost your creative confidence.
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Graphic design course - Canva Design School - design to communicate

Design is a way to communicate visually. Learn how to deliver your message.

2:14
Graphic design course - Canva Design School -Moodboard magic

A moodboard will help you find inspiration and explore creative possibilities.

1:37
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Practise proximity

Add clarity by grouping similar objects together and embracing the negative space.

1:47
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Ace alignment

Align all the elements on your page, and use grids, to give your design balance.

1:55
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - What the font

Discover the difference between sans, serif and display fonts. Find the right font for your design.

1:52
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Opposites attract

Pair fonts perfectly by using the same font family, or complementary opposites.

2:02
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Make it pop

Create designs that pop with contrast and hierarchy. Make sure the most important parts of your design stand out.

1:44
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Color wheel basics

Explore the wonderful world of color. Learn basic color theory and how to achieve color harmony.

1:58
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Tints and shades

Dive deeper into colour theory to learn about warm and cool colours, and tints and shades.

1:41
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - choose your color

Create a color palette that feels right for your design and complements your message.

1:39
Branding design course - style your imagery - Jason Little

Our top tips for photos? Avoid the easy cheesy options, and create strong compositions.

1:42
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - share and publish

Once you’ve created your design it’s time to share it with the world. But first, get feedback.

1:53

The Experts

Graphic Design Basics - Design School - Lynneal Santos
Lynneal Santos
Lynneal is a Graphic Designer at Canva and an all-round colourful human. She designed Canva’s very first template.
Graphic Design Basics - Design School - Johanna Roca
Johanna Roca
Jo is a new Mum, and Creative Director at For The People. She believes that design is about impact, not hype.
Graphic Design Basics - Design School - Mulga
Joe ‘Mulga’ Moore
Mulga is an artist, illustrator and poet with over 60 shows under his belt. He brings to life a world where tigers wear diamond sunglasses and gorillas rule the world.
jason-little
Jason Little
Jason founded For The People, with the belief that creative businesses need to rethink how they operate, in order to put people at the heart of who they are and what they do.

Details

  • 12 lesson videos
  • 22 min

Overview

Whether you’re already using Canva or just getting started, learning the basics of graphic design will help boost your creative confidence. In this series we’ll explore the basics of hierarchy, alignment, color and imagery.

What You'll Learn

  • How to tap into your creativity
  • How to find inspiration
  • How to master the art of layout
  • How to pick and pair the right fonts
  • How to create contrast
  • How to use color in your designs
  • How to find the right imagery
  • How to share your designs