Throughout this course, you've learned the fundamentals of graphic design. We've covered how to organize the layout and compose a graphic design project, choosing the typography for your project, and working with different color schemes to convey the right message. Now, we'll discuss how to combine those skills to successfully complete your first graphic design project.

Color is one of the most powerful elements of graphic design. It speaks to everyone and can be understood at the most primal level. When toddlers begin learning to speak, one of the first things they are taught are the primary colors. From there, colors are used to teach more complicated lessons and concepts. Most people have a favorite color, or color they most identify with. Even animals have shown to be partial to certain colors. The power of color comes from its ability to be universally understood.

Typography is powerful. Using great typography can encourage people to change the world. Poor typography choices can lead to miscommunication and disrupt the ebb and flow of an otherwise great design. In the past lessons, we’ve covered the fundamentals of graphic design, layout, composition, and typography. If you haven’t read the previous lessons, please see: An Introduction To Graphic Design Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 here on the Freepik Blog. This lesson will explain typeface pairing, and complete the section on typography.

Typography is a topic of passion for most graphic designers. This passion has led to hours and hours of lectures and discussions about serifs versus sans serifs; topics which would seem very trivial to inexperienced designers. In addition to serifs and sans serifs, there are many more seemingly trivial topics discussed in the design community. These topics of discussion are definitely not trivial, and they make the task of mastering typography all the more difficult.

Previously, we covered the basics of graphic design, layout and composition. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the previous lessons, please see: An Introduction to Graphic Design Part 1 and An Introduction To Graphic Design Part 2 here on the Freepik blog. This lesson will detail typography structure and vocabulary. Typography is the art or process of setting, arranging, or designing type.

The last lesson provided an overview of graphic design and its history. Graphic design is the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books. As we know, this is a very basic definition of graphic design, meant only to give us a starting point. For a more detailed description of graphic design please read An Introduction To Graphic Design: Part 1, here on the Freepik blog. Graphic design has three core components: layout, typography, and color. This lesson will focus on layout and composition.

When you think of graphic design what come to your mind? A painting? A book? How about a cool poster? These are just a few of the most common mental images evoked by people when asked about graphic design. None of these images provide a true definition of graphic design though

As the world continues to grow, and new ideas, issues, and technologies are introduced, we are faced with the task of distributing a wide range of information to not only our local towns and communities, but also across the world. There are a variety of ways to communicate this information, but one the more effective tools are infographics.

It’s no secret that Adobe makes it easy to work seamlessly between their native applications, making it easy to use the best program for the task at hand. Using the appropriate application for each task is important, but what if you don’t know how to use the appropriate application? This is where alternative applications can be useful.

To make Illustrator more user friendly, Adobe introduced several tools to aid in vector creation. The pen tool is still the primary creation tool in Illustrator, but there are other tools that can be used to accomplish the same (and sometimes better) results when creating vector art.

We will cover the difference between two very popular programs (Premiere Pro Versus After Effects) will aid you in your decision making process.

A large population of the world is pretty familiar with Adobe's Photoshop software. Many people however, have never heard of Adobe's Illustrator or Adobe's InDesign programs. Even if you've heard of them, you may not be familiar with what these programs do, or who might use them. This article will give you a general overview of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.