Learning Graphic Design Online From Home Without Spending A Fortune

Learning graphic design online from home without spending a fortune is now far more feasible than it was a few years ago. There are several online colleges offering graphic design courses but the problem with a lot of these are they are very expensive. If you can’t afford or haven’t got the time available to study graphic design at college or university there are now cost effective options.

Learning graphic design online from home with video training

If you want to learn logo design check out my video course for beginners

Lynda.com now offers video training in Graphic Design NOT JUST how to use the Software

learning logo design video

You may have already heard of http://www.lynda.com they have been offering video based courses in many different design programs which is great but they didn’t really have anything to teach you the principles of design. Fortunately this has all changed and they now include courses such as

Along with this they also feature videos of creative inspirations where artists and designers discuss their work. Lynda.com offers subscriptions starting at $25 month where you can watch their entire video library. Lynda.com is available on a subscription basis of $25 month to watch all their video collection. You can get a free 24 hour pass to lynda.com here

Learning graphic design using sample design briefs

Once you have a good understanding of design and layout the best thing to do is start practicing, on graphic design blog I have a section with sample design briefs which you can try or alternatively you can write your own briefs.

Graphic design software

Try to learn the main graphic design packages if you can afford to, most give educational dicounts or at least let you download trial versions. For print Quark or Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. For Web you might look at Dreamweaver or Flash or just use a text editor. If you can’t afford the main packages you could look at open source options shown in the video below.

Getting help learning graphic design

There are a few graphic design forums if you need someone to help you. Take a look at my design resources page (near the bottom of the page) where you will find a list of design forums. My design resources page also has a good list of places you can find cheap and free royalty free images to use in your designs.

Keeping up with what’s happening in graphic design

There are a lot of great graphic design blogs that provide excellent information to help you learn graphic design as do graphic design books. Also don’t forget printed magazines, the majority include tutorials Computer Arts, Net Magazine, Web Designer Magazine, Creative Review (inspiration rather than tutorials).

With a lot of hard work you can teach yourself graphic design

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  1. Posted July 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    yeah, you’re right. Now I would like to switch to the use of freely available software, such as open source, like me, had to use a lot of money to buy non-pirated software. The price also very expensive, not suitable for people in my country. I tend to use Inkscape and GIMP.

  2. Posted July 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    The ability to learn applications online is a great advantage, as long as you have the commitment and will power to stick with it. As a designer I have used online tutorials and application demos to learn software to increase my repertoire and broaden abilities to offer clients.
    Places like youtube also offer a great place to find free tutorials which I have found very useful.

  3. Posted July 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    The price of commercial graphic design software is astronomical which tends to keep us graphic designers in business. Design is more of a sideline for me as I run a short run print shop, but the number of customers who provide “Print Ready” work that is FAR from print ready is amazing. So I had to learn to do it myself to keep up with the work.

    ayasmonsterz mentio of GIMP and Inkscape shows that you can do the job for free, I just wish my customers knew this! I might start suggesting it to them so I can get on with making a living

  4. Posted July 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi Simon

    Thanks for your comments. i wish the price of design software would come down too, especially the upgrades. However you still need to know what you are doing with software – how to set things up for print so even if your customers had it they would still have a bit of a learning curve.

  5. Posted July 27, 2010 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    I also a subscriber with Lynda.com with this tutorial on learning graphic design you can get this a 100% from lynda they really are a great instructor and would teach you step by step, where you can learn easily..

  6. Posted July 29, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Hi Tara,
    I couldn’t agree more, too many clients think design is just a 5 minute job using poor software, then when they get it printed they wonder why it doesn’t do the job for them.

  7. Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I have found Lynda.com subscriptions are well worth the money for the video tutorials. Also the workshops they offer are great.

  8. Posted August 1, 2010 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Yep, I used Lynda Guides couple of times,. they are good, Plus the sitepoint guys write really good books,

  9. Posted August 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I am not a graphics designer and I’m trying to learn Google Sketchup for an upcoming project. Unfortunately I’m having a hard time. Does Lynda.com or Knowledgecity.com offer courses for autocad or similar programs? Thanks.

  10. Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Hello All,

    Which is more preferable ??

    Going to a design tutor to learn or learning it online through a software ??

    May be both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages..isn’t it ??


  11. Posted August 2, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Hi Jovit, Just done a quick search on Lynda which shows they do offer Google sketch up training.

  12. Posted August 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Today you can learn anything online, from how to raise a dog, how to trade the stocks, and up to graphic designing. I see the advantages and disadvantages, you get free stuff, sure. But some people can’t learn by themselves, they need to be learned by some one else hand by hand, and doing it online might be tough.

  13. Rachelle
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jovit, I also looked and Knowledgecity.com does offer a course on autocad 2010 along with alot of other design courses. I agree with Robert on some levels, but for me not having alot of time or money learning these courses online is a great option and really works for my schedule.

  14. Posted August 30, 2010 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    I learn graphics design just for school works. In this case, using Snagit plus Microsoft Photo Editor is enough to serve the purpose. Sometimes i see people over learning yet lose creativity. LOL

  15. Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Learning graphic designs through online tutorials has paved the way for graphics design enthusiast especially to those who can’t afford to enroll in the expensive graphic design schools or buy software to follow their passion. Aside from this, they can also download free graphic design software for them to gain more techniques and design tools. Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing this info.

  16. TC
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Hi Tara,
    Thanks for the great info. This page is my new bible, lol. Anyhow, do you know what’s the latest scoop with knowledgecity.com? I check their website, it doesn’t have any of the courses you mentioned and it is $1200 for the year to join. WOW! Do you know anything similar to those visual courses?

  17. Posted October 22, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Hi TC, Wow they must have changed their pricing system since I wrote the post – sorry. I would check out Lynda.com instead they have loads of videos there and its $25 month. You can get a free 24 pass to try it out here. Other than that you could of course also look for free videos on Youtube.

  18. Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I’m a complete novice but would luv to learn more about Quark, Photoshop & Indesign (progs for layout). Would I need to buy the software and then do the Lynda.com tutorials – how does it work.

    Thanks for your advice.


  19. Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Cat

    Yes you would need the software in order to follow along but you could probably get free 1 month trial versions.

  20. Posted December 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Lynda.com has got excellent resource. But the problem is that not many of us are in a position to buy these design softwares.

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