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23 Top Rated Courses in Design and Creativity

Note: Some of these courses are free. But if you decide to purchase anything (using the links below) you’ll be financially supporting the Personal Growth publication. Thanks for your support.

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The Ultimate Drawing Course — Beginner to Advanced

This course will show you how to create advanced art that will stand up as professional work. It’s designed to take you from having little knowledge in drawing to creating advanced art and having a deep understanding of drawing fundamentals.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop

The best-selling author of Eat Pray Love will equip you with the practical tools and inspiration to jump-start your own creative journey. You’ll learn why perfectionism, originality, and passion are overrated and why we should instead strive to be authentic doers who follow our curiosity.

Learn 3D Modelling — The Complete Blender Creator Course

Blender is a platform which enables you to make AAA-quality models which can be exported to any game engine, 3D printer, or other software. Why you want to learn Blender: Create assets for video games. Make unique 3D printed gifts. Design your dream house, car, etc. Express yourself through 3D artwork.

Build Responsive Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS3

Easy-to-follow and hands-on web development with HTML5, CSS3 and some jQuery. The proven 7 real-world steps from complete scratch to a fully functional and optimized website. Simple-to-use web design guidelines and tips to make your website stand out from the crowd. And much more.

Graphic Design Specialization

This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The goal is to equip learners with a set of tools for “making and communicating” in the field of graphic design.

Interaction Design Specialization

In this course, you will learn how to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration. You’ll learn how to generate design ideas, techniques for quickly prototyping them. You’ll also learn principles of visual design, perception, and cognition that inform effective interaction design.

Adobe® Photoshop® CC: The Complete Guide

In this series, you’ll learn: Retouching. Compositing. Masking. Layers. Troubleshooting. You’ll also learn how Photoshop’s adjustment capabilities are essential and how they go way beyond what is available in Adobe Lightroom. By the end, you should feel proficient in the workings of this program.

Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Mary Kate McDevitt covers everything beginners need to draw, ink, and transform handwriting into artful drawings. She reveals the first steps of hand lettering and shares how to concept, design, and letter phrases for any use — a poster, magazine, t-shirt, or anything else you might imagine.

Typography That Works: Typographic Composition and Fonts

What you’ll Learn: Sans + Structure. A great sans family is a palette of light and dark tones. Learn what gives a sans serif typeface its special character. Serif + Details. Learn to exploit the fussy details of a full-bodied serif type family. Slab + Customization. Slab faces are heavy furniture. Learn what to do with them.

Logo Design with Draplin: Secrets of Shape, Type and Color

Learn logo design from Aaron Draplin. Jam-packed with advice and Adobe Illustrator demos so you can refine your work with shapes, type, and color — and gain core design skills for every logo and branding project.

Adobe® Photoshop® 101

Learn how to use the most important features of Adobe® Photoshop® by working through common, real-world projects and explaining the process. You’ll learn how to: Enhance hair, eyes, and lips in portraits. Merge multiple images into a panorama. Create a collage of multiple images. And more.

After Effects CC: Complete Course from Novice to Expert

Learn and Master Motion Graphics and Visual Effects in After Effects in this course. Understand the concepts behind Animation Techniques. Learn how to Design, Animate, and Sequence complete Motion Graphics Projects. Manipulate all transformations basic and beyond. And more.

UX & Web Design Master Course: Strategy, Design, Development

Everything you need to know about UX, including design, content, and coding. You’ll be exposed to principles and strategies, and you’ll learn how to apply these abstract concepts by coding three different websites for three very different audiences.

Graphic Design Bootcamp

Get a clear understanding of how to work with both print and web projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The skills and confidence to create things like flyers, business cards, web graphics, and more. How to build a skill set that can set you up to be employable in the creative industry as a graphic designer.

Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow

This class covers everything from simple keyboard shortcuts to more complex visuals like pattern strokes and vector halftones, all the way up to the new “Live Corners” feature in Illustrator CC. DKNG’s 10 tips will unlock a better way to create, while keeping everything in vector form.

Design a Logo in Modern Style

Learn how to create a simple, solid, and modern brand mark in this popular logo design class with designer George Bokhua. Each lesson makes it easy and fun to get inspired, learn techniques, and gain skills for designing your next logo.

Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style

Master your illustration hand with award-winning Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu’s detailed guide to essential inking and drawing techniques. From selecting the best materials in the art store to digging into inking textures and styles, both the novice artist and the established inker will benefit from this class.

Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator

This class is broken into step-by-step lessons that clearly explain how to transform visual inspiration into a seamless repeat pattern design for use in countless projects. You’ll learn how to collect theme and motif inspiration, hand-draw and digitize your imagery, design your core pattern block, and more.

Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

In this class, you’ll learn how to sketch your ideas to create a solid foundation for your design. Digitize your work in illustrator, including using handlebars and vector points. Identify what makes a letter look organic and replicate it in your own work. And critique your work to get those solid finishing touches (even perfect curves).

Ultimate Photoshop Training: From Beginner to Pro

Learn how to design icons, business cards, illustrations, and characters. Clean up face imperfections, improve and repair photos. Use creative effects to design stunning text styles. Remove people or objects from photos. Cut away a person from their background. Master selections, layers, and working with the layers panel.

Adobe® Lightroom® CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide

In this series, you’ll learn how to: Import and organize your images. Optimize your photos and workflow. Make your images searchable within the program. Exporting, printing, and troubleshooting. You’ll also gain access to both an enduring resource to build your skills and a community to share the fruits of your work.

Design Surface Patterns From Scratch

This course will take you through the process of working with Adobe Illustrator to create digital versions of your artwork. You’ll learn tips and tricks for working in Illustrator and how you can use the software to create repeating patterns of your very own drawings.

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

Danielle Krysa tells the story of the day she met her inner critic, the 15 year art-hiatis that followed, and the aha moments that eventually taught her how to work with that big jerk. She realized, after writing her first book, that everyone hears that annoying voice from time to time, but it’s how you two communicate that makes all the difference.

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