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Graphic Design Bootcamp: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Bestselling Beginner Course! Use Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign for logo design, web design, poster design, and more
Derrick Mitchell
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Gain a clear understanding of how to work with BOTH print and web projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Develop the skills and confidence to create common graphic design projects.
Build a skill set that can set you up to be employable in the creative industry as a graphic designer.
Begin to understand the basics of logo design, including typography and color usage.
Learn how to make and refine selections using Photoshop.
Learn how to make composite images using Photoshop.
Work with typography, shapes, colors, and more in Illustrator.
Learn how to efficiently package and export files.
Learn how to lay out graphics and text while designing an eBook with InDesign.
Discover how to export your finished portfolio projects directly from the Adobe CC into Behance.
Learn how to mask shapes and work with Font Awesome icons.
Learn how to set up a logo mood board and how to present your work to clients.
Work with the type tools in Adobe Illustrator.

UPDATED! Now featuring over 15 hours of on-demand content, including getting your design portfolio up and running online using  Adobe Portfolio and Behance!

Welcome to the Graphic Design Bootcamp! This course has over 6,000 5-star reviews, and has been a Udemy bestseller for more than a year!

Do you like to learn in a project-based environment?

Do you want to learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign?

Do you want to tackle BOTH print and web design projects?

You’re in the right place! This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a graphic designer, and especially geared towards beginners. When you enroll in this course, you will have access to over 15 hours of on-demand content, as well as the opportunity to join a private Facebook group with over 13,000 members.

I move quickly through the content, since many students enjoy a quick learning pace. Prefer a more laid-back pace? Many students find that re-watching lectures or pausing the lectures during key learning points is a helpful way to digest the information.

I also make use of shortcuts – something that all great designers learn how to do to increase their productivity and maximize their workflow – so once you enroll, be sure to download the course shortcut hotsheet: a PDF listing many of the most-used shortcut codes so that you can follow along easily and get ahead quickly.

In this course I’ll also show you how to make some of the most popular projects in the industry, like:

· custom logos

· business cards

· brochures

· flyers

· web graphics

· and more.

What Students Are Saying About This Course:

· “I have used Adobe CC for a few years now, but everything I’ve learned I’ve learned from doing. While some of this has been basic as I’m already familiar with the tools, there are tricks and advice that I would have never known that make life MUCH easier (the “content-aware” fill is a game changer) and I really enjoy the pacing and manner in which he explains the tools, techniques and theory!” – Nikki Tetreault

· “This course is good. The tutor is really nice and clear (US accent is alien to me so I sometimes find it difficult to understand – the tutor here is great, doesn’t speak too fast & is clear, without too many colloquialisms). Enjoying the classes. Feel prepared enough for the purpose I took the course. Would definitely recommend and also do other courses by this tutor” – Alvira Kiss

· “I started this course with little experience and thankfully I have learnt a lot throughout this course. I can’t wait to learn more about this industry and make my mark on the world and its all thanks to this course which has kickstarted my journey!” – Charles Vaughn

· “So far it’s been great. I’m a student that struggles largely in traditional school settings, the ability to pause, take notes, rewind, and move back and forth as I need has been great. The instructor has been clear and precise, and has given plenty to think about as we’re creating files.” – Samantha Finn

· “For a guy whove been working with photoshop for nearly 10 years Im still learning from this course.” – Aryne Neil Cabatan

What to Expect:

We will be using Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; the industry-standard applications for graphic design. I’ll also review relevant terms and design practices to help you create pixel-perfect projects for print and web, with the goal to get you up and running as soon as possible so you can start your new and exciting career as a graphic designer.

If you aren’t looking to learn design for a job, don’t worry – this is a great course for you too! Many of my students are moms looking to make fun cards or invitations, or students looking to spice up their resumes and social media graphics, and teachers looking to add some creative elements to their homework materials – the list goes on and on. Design is for everyone! And this course is, too!

There is also a private Facebook group with over 13,000 students and counting, which is an awesome resource for you to take advantage of while you go through the course. The group is an excellent place to post projects, get insightful critiques, and network with other like-minded students and working professionals all over the world.

All project files are included as a free download at the beginning of each section, and you are welcome to use the files however you want, or simply to follow along with the projects as you move through the lessons.

As mentioned before, I cover a lot of program shortcuts in this course as well!

For the most part, all of the principles you will learn in this course transcend the tools you actually use – There are students using Adobe versions from CS3 up to CC 2019, and there are even students using apps like Sketch and Pixelmator to make some of the projects in this course.

If you see anything in any of the lectures that no longer apply with the software update, please let me know! I’m doing my best to keep this course up to date and continue to add value for you.

Instructor Qualifications and Background:

Derrick has spent his entire career in the creative arts and marketing sector. Starting back as early as high school where he turned homework into paying gigs, his love for all things art and technology driven has continued to grow. Working with brands such as MTV, Nintendo, and Netflix while employed as an intern for Seven 2 Interactive catapulted his career. His branding work and graphic design has been included in international publications for the design industry and regularly featured on trending websites.

Derrick is the owner of a small design agency, Mitchell’s Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop, located in the heart of downtown Kalispell, Montana. Mitchell’s Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana.

Introduction to the course

Introduction & Welcome to the Course!
How to Download All Course Exercise Files and Assets

This course is loaded with tons of valuable, high-quality design assets for you to follow along with all of the lectures. You can download all of the exercise files and bonus assets directly from the first lecture of each section. If you are having troubles with the downloads working because of how large the files are, I also have all of the files available through Dropbox.

Get Up and Running With Adobe Creative Cloud

Getting comfortable with Photoshop: Making a Poster

Poster Introduction and file setup (revised 2.19.18)
Gathering Assets
QUIZ: Review what you've learned so far
Making Selections
Refining Selections 8.17.17 (both old + updated versions)
Refining Selections Update: The New Photoshop 2015.5 Selection and Masking Space
Working With Text
Refining the Layout
Creating Additional Looks to Give Your Client Options

In this video I mention custom brushes. Here's a link to download the grunge brush I use in this lesson, or you can simply download the attachment on this video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jywopuz7v3mf3ye/BB_HighRes_Grunge_Textures.abr?dl=0

Here's a quick overview of how to install the brushes, but you have to be logged in to see it: https://www.udemy.com/graphic-design-for-beginners/learn/v4/questions/1494854?num_replies=0

Exporting Your Artwork
QUIZ: Review what you've done so far

QUIZ: Review what you've done so far

Photoshop Continued: Creating a Composite Image

Introduction to Photoshop Compositing
Getting assets for your first composite image
Refining Selections
Compositing Continued & Color Levels...
Pushing Your Design Further
One More Idea & Exporting Your Image

Getting comfortable with Illustrator: Typography Poster

Introduction to the Project

In this section, we will learn how to use Illustrator while creating a typography poster using the quote, "A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL SAILOR." Feel free to follow along using the assets provided in the .zip file that is attached. 

In the zipped folder you will find: 

  • The Quote as a .txt file
  • Fonts used in the project
  • A photo of the sea to use as a background
  • A vector anchor graphic purchased from Adobe Stock
  • The project file, with both editable and outlined text versions
Working With Text: Type Tools, Adobe Typekit, and Creating Outlines
Working with Shapes, Color & Graphics
Artboards and Creating Additional Designs
Exporting Your Files
Print a Poster!

Logo Design: Create a Custom Logo for Your Business or a Client

Introduction to This Section
Research and Gathering Ideas
Creating a Moodboard
Bring in Your Text and Picking Fonts
Basic Tool Overview
Creating Your First Looks
Refining Ideas
Designing Your Presentation For Your Clients
Exporting and Sending Comps to Clients
Finalize Your Logo, Part 1: Refining Color and Creating a "Details" Page
Finalize Your Logo, Part 2: Artboard Setup for Quick Export and File Management
Finalize Your Logo, Part 3: Batch Export Files and Professional Client Delivery

Create a Magazine Ad

Project Introduction
Setting Up the Magazine Ad File
Gathering Assets and How to Scrape Photos
Getting Things in Place
Magazine Ad Design Continued...
Bullet Lists and Font Awesome Icons
Further Refinement, Adding Photos, and Masking with Shapes
Export the Final Ad for Press & Reviewing Design Decisions
How to Package Editable Photoshop Files to Share With Someone Else

Getting Familiar with InDesign: Create an eBook

InDesign ebook intro
Placing Assets and Basic Layout
Finalize the Design, Exporting, and Packaging Final Files

Create a Custom Brochure

Project Introduction
Beginning With the End in Mind
File Setup
Outside Layout: Part 1
Outside Layout: Part 2
Inside Layout
Exporting Final Files, Part 1: Generic Export
Exporting Final Files, Part 2: Adding Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Indesign
Exporting Final Files, Part 3: Add Printer Marks and Fold Guides in Illustrator

Create Custom Business Cards

Project Introduction & File Setup
Business Card Design
Exporting Final Files and Custom Finishes

Getting Online with Adobe Portfolio and Behance

Build Your Portfolio: Introduction to Behance.net and myportfolio.com
Features Overview of Behance.net and myportfolio.com
Export From Adobe CC Directly to Behance.net and myportfolio.com
Create a Custom Cover and Full-Width Portfolio Image for Behance
Behance Display App for iPad and iPhone

Questions & Answers

Working with the pen tool: Problem in making path selection... -Mahwish

In this lecture, I'll clarify working with the Pen tool to make a path for a selection. If you have more questions about this course, be sure to check out the Q&A section to see some of the answers I've given there first. If you have more questions let me know! 

Here's Mahwish's original question about working with the Pen tool to make a path for a selection from the Udemy Q&A area of this course: 

Hi Derrick,

I just recently enrolled in this course and I must say that I don't regret it one bit. So first off, I must thank you for making such an interactive and informational course. 

Moving on to my question (I just finished Lecture 4: Cutting out the image with the pen tool), After I had cut out my rough image, I went in to refine the area between the shirt and the arm and I noticed that after making the selection hitting Control+Return did not lead to the marching ants. In fact, hitting alt+delete would lead to the whole selection turning purple. I tried this multiple times to the same result. Later I tried right clicking the selection in paths and selecting make selection and then intersect with selection that led to marching ants and the area colored black so to say or purple background showing below. 

My question, what was I doing wrong? Also is this another method to achieve the same result?


Mahwish Ebrahim.

Outline stroke and offset path in Illustrator

Here's a video response to a question from one of the students in this course...  

How to remove a portion of the stroke from a shape?
This may be slightly far afield from the video, but I have been playing with and attempting to recreate various logos for practice. One thing I am struggling with is how to delete the stroke of an object. I've tried looking around various tutorials found on Google and YouTube, and nothing seems to give a clear answer, which means there's a good chance I am going about this the wrong way.

Gradients in Photoshop and Illustrator

Here's a quick answer to a student question: "I'd really like to know how to do the changing/varying opacity across a rectangle made by the rectangle tool in Photoshop." -Pulkit, Graphic Design Bootcamp Student

BONUS: Next Steps and where to go from here...


There is a massive opportunity right now for you to take the skills that you just learned, and apply them to the creative arts industry.

Here's the problem though... how do you find work now? How do you take your new skills and transform them into a valuable career and not just a hobby? Let me show you how!

I've created a membership geared towards showing you the exact steps to start your career, and I will be available to help you on every step of the way.

My skills as a graphic designer, a web developer, and a business owner have provided an incredible life for my family and me. The same opportunity is available for you, and I can show you how.

If this sounds like something you're interested in, visit this link to learn more: https://courses.derrickmitchell.com/vault

BONUS: 30-Day Facebook Live Replays

Introduction to this bonus section and my Facebook Live Broadcasts

I was challenged to go live on Facebook for 30 days in a row. I used that challenge as an opportunity to create more valuable content for my students who have joined our private Facebook group for this course. I realize that not all of my students have been able to join the group yet, and some of you might not even have a Facebook account (and that's ok!) but I wanted to make sure you had access to these videos. 

If you would like to join the free group, email me at completegraphicdesign@gmail.com and let me know what email address you use to login in to Facebook so that I can let you in to the private group. 

Thank you for being such a valuable student and a part of this course and community. I hope you enjoy these videos! 

• Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign
• Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/derrickmitchell

Episode 1: How to start a business

Welcome to my first Facebook Live stream for my graphic design students in the Graphic Design Bootcamp on Udemy. Keep in mind this was my very first episode and I was exploring with different ways to broadcast my Lives, so sometimes the audio and/or the video feed isn't always as good as I'd like it to be, but the content is still good. In the future, I'll be exploring doing lives on other platforms like my YouTube channel for students in this group, as well as on our Facebook group. I want as many of you to have access to the content as possible and I know not all of you have been able to get into the group yet, and/or you don't have a Facebook account to join. 

I hope you enjoy this series, and I'd love your feedback! 

In this episode:
• The 30-day challenge
• Old Gray
• How to start a business!
• Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign
• Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/derrickmitchell

Episode 2: How to start a business, part 2

Continuing where we left off in yesterday's Facebook Live stream for my graphic design students in the Graphic Design Bootcamp on Udemy.

In this episode: • The 30-day challenge • Big Mountain (Whitefish Mountain Resort) • Books and resources for your own design business • Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign • Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/derrickmitchell

Episode 3: Font resources, quick Photoshop tip, and watch me make a newsletter

I use Ecamm for my live broadcasts, and it was having troubles with the latest Facebook update so this episode is a little scattered. Thanks for watching!

• Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign
• Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/derrickmitchell

Episode 4: Office Tour & Q/A Session

Welcome to Episode 4! Check out my office where I work, see the lights and setup I use for my photoshoots, and all my other office gear. Bonus tips from apple.com about how to take better photos with your iPhone. 

• Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign
• Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/derrickmitchell

Episode 5: The lifestyle of a graphic designer and scheduling your freedom
Episode 6: What’s in my travel gear bag!
Episode 7: How to handle (educate) people who don’t value what you do...
Episode 8: How I track my time, create automatic invoices, and get paid on time!

Welcome to Episode 8 from my 30-day Facebook Live challenge. Tonight I show you how I track my time, create invoices, and get paid on time working as a graphic designer. I hope this helps :)

This is what I use to track my time: http://try.hrv.st/2-00309

Episode 9: Creative Briefs to Enhance Your Skills and Develop Your Portfolio

This one's gonna be quick.... here's a great resource for those of you who are trying to build up your portfolio, but don't have many projects to fill it yet.

Episode 10: Technology hates me, & how I process my photos for ecom websites
Episode 11: Create a logo with Sharpies and Adobe Illustrator
Episode 12: Done is better than perfect, TGIF, & Family Vacation

Sometimes you just have to buckle down and get things done. This is one of those times where it was important to keep consistency (going live like I promised) but realizing that my most important thing in this moment was to be with my family and be there for my kids. So. The Live took a backseat.

This is often true in life as a graphic designer or web developer. There will be tasks and projects that just simply can't be the number 1 priority of the day, but it still has to get done. You have to be ok with approaching it from a "done is better than perfect" mentality sometimes. And sometimes, you have to go all in and make things epic. Wisdom is learning to understand the difference and when a project needs to be "epic" and when it "just needs done."

Episode 13: I spent hundreds on books today!

Live from my car in a hotel parking lot.

In this episode:
• The 30-day challenge continued
• Continued education
• Book recommendations
• Check out kelbyone.com (and anything that Scott Kelby produces)
• Follow me on IG @dmitchelldesign

Episode 14: Live from Flathead Lake, Montana

Traveling back home from our weekend getaway to Missoula. Just a quick "hello" and keeping up with my 30-day Facebook Live challenge.

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