How to Learn Graphic Design at Home


Getting started with learning graphic design is generally a confusing process. With hundreds of organizations attempting to market questionable products and tutorials to unwary consumers, there's no shortage of traps for novices. Learning graphic design at home is a very accomplishable and practical task. It does not need to be expensive or complicated. It just requires time and patience.

  • Become familiar with a graphic design tool. For example, Adobe PhotoShop is a very popular image editing suite. A beginner using PhotoShope should learn how to use functions like the magic wand or lasso. Other options for graphic design programs include GIMP or PhotoScape.

  • Find an online resource or instruction book pertinent to your tool of choice. For example, there are dozens of guide books available for programs like Adobe Flash.

  • Practice completing tasks in the guides you find. For example, a universal graphic design tutorial involves creating a background for a computer desktop or website background. A person trying to complete this task should see if they can make an aesthetically pleasing and professional backdrop.

  • Apply learned skills to custom practical objectives. For example, a great project for beginning graphic designers is a website template.

  • Publish completed work and get feedback. For example, if you create a website banner, use it on a website and conduct a poll asking website visitors what they think of your work.

Tips & Warnings

  • PhotoScape and GIMP are free photo editing programs.

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