Graphic Design Basics

52,629 students

Design to communicate

  • What we mean when we talk about design
  • Why design matters to you
  • How everyone can learn to think like a designer
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Practise proximity

Activity

Practice using visual space to enhance your content with this activity.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-practice-proximity

Practise proximity

  • How to use visual space to enhance your content
  • The importance of grouping related items together
  • How to use negative space effectively
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Ace alignment

Activity

Do this activity to learn how to align all your elements in one consistent way.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-ace-alignment

Ace alignment

  • The purpose of alignment
  • How to use grids to keep your content organized
  • How to align your elements in one consistent way
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - What the font

Activity

Wondering 'what the font should I choose?' Learn more about font styles in this activity.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-what-the-font

What the font!?

  • Understand the difference between serif, sans serif and display fonts and when to use them
  • Learn how to use different font styles to match your message
  • Create a go-to list of your favorite fonts
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Opposites attract

Activity

Practice some font pairing principles in this activity.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-opposites-attract

Opposites attract

  • Learn how to pair fonts by staying within one family
  • Learn how to avoid conflict in font pairing
  • Learn that opposites attract when it comes to fonts
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Make it pop

Activity

Practice making your content pop with size, weight, color and style in this activity.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-make-it-pop

Make it pop!

  • Use visual hierarchy to make the most important information stand out
  • Create contrast with size, weight, colour, style
  • Be bold when it comes to contrast
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Color wheel basics

Activity

Let's look at complimentary, analagous and triadic color schemes in this activity.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-color-wheel-basics

Color wheel basics

  • Understand the color wheel, looking at primary and secondary colors
  • Learn about complementary, analogous and triad color relationships
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - Tints and shades

Activity

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create tints and shades with Canva.

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Graphic-design-basics-activity-tints-and-shades

Tints and shades

  • Learn the difference between warm and cool colors
  • Learn the difference between shading and tinting
  • Learn how to add richness and variety to your color palette

Color combos

  • How to choose your colors based on a logical approach
  • How to pick colour to fit your theme
  • How to seek inspiration for your color palette
Graphic design course - Canva Design School - share and publish

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  • What file formats you can download your design as
  • What file format should you choose
  • The difference between JPEGs, PNGs and PDFs
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