For anyone just starting out in the world of graphic design or, for those already established, keeping up can be a daunting task. The intricacies and complexities and constant evolution of technology and technique make perpetual learning a necessity. This requirement has driven online graphic design tutorial popularity. Maybe you’ve even seen tutorials on local Direct TV channels.
There are quite literally hundreds, if not thousands, of sites offering instruction and guidance to boost design skills. Of course, the degree of quality varies by site and the skill levels of their contributors. With patience, a tutorial can be found to satisfy any requirement or curiosity.
A great many tutorial sites have long, established histories on the web. Some are industry recognized by numerous publications, while others gain their following from the illustriousness of their owners. Ideabook is one such website. Created by designer Chuck Green who has many desktop publishing books credited to his name, the tutorials available are easy to follow and target many industry standards like ads, newsletters, fliers, brochures, and stationary.
Other sites offer tutorials geared more towards the theories and principals of design and branding. These training modules cover a wide variety of practices such as designing corporate logos, step-by-step methods for grid utilization, readability, typography, and choosing a commercial printer. Some even discuss the pitfalls of clipart.
Software application skills make up a large percentage of the online tutorial libraries. Sites such as Creativepro.com provide many reviews and tutorials for creative projects. Instructions to increase technical and workflow skills abound with these types of online resources. Essential tasks such as using Photoshop’s Pen Tool to draw paths are covered in great detail. Other knowledge areas, from recognizing the difference between italic and bold fonts to creating unique backgrounds for Twitter also receive extensive coverage.
The digital renaissance taking place has placed once-upon-a-time obscure knowledge literally at the fingertips of anyone with a web browser. While this availability has by some account caused an oversaturation of “creatives”, those with natural born talents refined by experience can, without question, benefit from these vast collections of online tutorial resources.