Graphic Design Basics

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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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Lessons
01.Design to communicate
02.Moodboard magic
03.Practise proximity
04.Ace alignment
05.What the font!?
06.Opposites attract
07.Make it pop!
08.Color wheel basics
09.Tints and shades
10.Color combos
11.Photo love
12.Share and publish

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