There are so many ways to learn and so many areas of graphic design to explore. Everything from CAD drawings to illustrations and vector art to hand lettering. I’m still trying to find the niche I want to explore. Here are some websites and resources I’ve found helpful and hope you will look into them as well. If you are just starting out, it can seem overwhelming. Take 20 minutes a day and see what you can learn. You might be surprised!
Graphic Design Books & Tutorials:
A good starting point is the library. You can access books on graphic design, hand lettering, typography, how to draw, and books that tell you how to use programs like Illustrator and Photoshop. I have borrowed several books from the library but I’ve also been helped by getting full access to Lynda.com. Keep reading to find out more about that.
I highly suggest practicing your drawing skills and your handwriting, if you plan on creating any kind of hand lettering for your artwork. Even if you use illustrator, you are going to start in analog, so pick up some art books and some calligraphy or font books. Practice these skills daily.
Here’s a book I highly recommend by Von Glitschka entitled, “Vector Basic Training”. Be sure to get the 2nd Edition. It comes with downloads for screencasts and teaches you the ins and outs of graphic design and how to do it the correct way. I emailed Von on Facebook with questions and he responded right away and was so helpful. I’ve taken many of his Lynda.com courses and I’ve gained so much insight from him through the training. This book complements and furthers the courses.
Graphic Design Websites:
Lynda.com has beginner, intermediate, and expert courses aimed at everything you need to know about graphic design. They have “tracks” you can take to become a digital graphic designer, but they also have other courses such ones on fontography, photography, and refresher courses on Photoshop and illustrator. I highly suggest getting an account there or seeing if your library has one. $29.99/mo. but they also offer a free trial.
Skillshare.com is another website worth checking out to learn about creative courses. I’m interested in the hand lettering courses they have as well as some of the other ones geared towards Photoshop. They have a large selection of classes to choose from as well. $8/mo. as well as a free trial.
Evato Tuts Plus is yet another subscription based website with many courses for the newbie graphic designer. I haven’t tried this one out yet, but I know a lot of people who have used it and enjoy it. It’s about $180/year or $15/mo with a 10 day free trial.
Every Tuesday is a website I love currently. She offers freebies to her subscribers and has a lot of tutorials that I find helpful. Once a week, a video tutorial goes out (on Tuesdays, of course!) to learn something new in Illustrator or Photoshop. She offers courses, fonts for sale, texture packs, and much more. Her resources page also has links to some of the sites above and you can get a few months of learning for free or really inexpensive by using her affiliate links.
Other Graphic Design Resources:
Check out Youtube and subscribe to channels that interest you. There are so many bloggers willing to share their knowledge as well. The main thing I’ve learned is to learn from Mother Nature.
Here are a few websites that I enjoy that inspire me as I look around at what is available:
Von Glitschka – He is a graphic designer and you can see a lot of his work on his website. He also offers some brushes and other cool stuff on his website for sale.
Etsy – Search around for texture packs, fonts, hand lettering, and Photoshop brushes. So many people are selling these for next to nothing on their shop pages.
Creative Market – A really wonderful resource for designers, marketing, and businesses.
Adobe Stock Photos – If you prefer not to reinvent the wheel, Adobe Stock photos are a good choice. They give you 10 free photos at sign up. (Affiliate link)
Adobe Creative Cloud – Illustrator and Photoshop are a must have for a graphic designer, but InDesign, Acrobat, and other programs offered by Adobe are also valuable if creating other print projects. (Affiliate Link)
This is just a beginning list and as I journey on, I’ll be sure to share more!