Graphic Design Fundamentals

The way something looks has always carried meaning. To understand that connection, designers first need to be able to look at the world and understand why things look the way they do, both historically and in the present day.


Application Deadline

• April 1, 2016
• The course starts on April 4, 2016


• Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 14:00-17:00 • 9 hours per week* 3 times per week* in a total of 63 hours
Who is this for?

This is a course for everyone, is available to all interested individualss who are enthusiastic of visual communication. People who have an idea and want to express change through creative side, including students also by pupils of different ages.

Why should people attend?

By attending the Graphic Design Fundamentals Course will learn:

  1. What is Graphic Design
  2. Transforming the idea to work
  3. The color theory
  4. Learn to be careful about the details
  5. Learn Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
  6. Building a brand identity
  7. Basic learn of Typography & Creating
  8. Learn of character illustrations
  9. Basic learn of website design
  10. Creating Photo manipulation
  11. Working with photo correction & retouch
  12. Work on the final project
Course outline?

The course Graphic Design Fundamentals will be held 3 days a week and it’s going to last 7 Weeks.   In the first week the candidate firstly will know the history of graphic design continuing with color theory and getting into the software such as adobe illustrator knowing tools function.   Second week will start being more interesting the candidates will start working in sketches, for creating a logo and being able to transform into the digital form. And during the week finishing the brand book.   In the third week candidates will know the importance of texture & pattern and will be working on poster such as event, theater, satire etc.   Fourth week candidates will start working creating character illustration. And will take they final project brief of work.   Fifth week will be focused on different software such as adobe Photoshop getting to know the tools function Six week will be working on photo cutting, retouch, manipulation etc.   Final week will learn some basics on website design such as grid system, icons, style, structure etc. And will be the discussion & correction of the final project tasks.  

Chapter 1:

Introduction to Graphic Design Graphic design history and knowing the best graphic designers of all time.  

Chapter 2:

Getting to know the working area Vector & Pixel Difference Cmyk & RGB Difference Understanding the workspace Knowing Tools function.  

Chapter 3:

Selecting and alignment Selecting objects Using selection tools Magic Wand functions Applying selection techniques Aligning objects Aligning to the artboard Working with groups Hiding objects  

Chapter 4:

Creating and editing shapes Working with shapes Understating the drawing modes Creating Rectangles, Polygons, Rounds, Ellipse etc. Working with shape builder tool Working with pathfinder tool. Using image trace Using Eraser tool.  

Chapter 5:

Transforming Objects: Working with artboards Editing artboards Reordering artboards Scaling objects Rotation objects Changing perspective Applying multiple transformations  

Chapter 6:

Drawing with Pen & Pencil tools Working with Pen tool Creating shapes with Pen tool Deleting and adding anchor points Converting between smooth and corner points Drawing curves Drawing with pencil tool  

Chapter 7:

Color and Painting Color modes Building and saving a costume color Editing a swatch Using the color picker Editing colors in the artwork Adjusting colors Applying a pattern Editing a pattern Working with mesh tool Using adobe kuler extension  

Chapter 8:

Working with type Working with type Creating columns of text Formatting text Changing the font size Changing the font color Leading & Kerning Working with glyphs Creating and applying a character style Wrapping the text around the shape Creating text outlines  

Chapter 9:

Working with layers Creating layers Selecting and moving layers Moving layers Locking layers Creating clipping mask Isolating layers Merging layers  

Chapter 10:

Blending Colors and Shapes Working with gradients Applying a gradient to a stroke Creating and applying a radial gradient Adjusting the gradient Applying gradient to multiple shapes Adding transparency to gradients Working with blended objects  

Chapter 11:

Working with brushes Using calligraphic brushes Using a fill color with brushes Removing a brush stroke Creating a pattern brush Using bristle brush  

Chapter 12:

Applying effects Applying an effect Editing an effect Editing shapes with pathfinder effect Working with 3D effect  

Chapter 13:

Adobe Photoshop knowing area Knowing tools function Customizing the workspace  

Chapter 14:

Basic photo correction Strategy of retouching Resolution and image size Clone stamp tool Replacing colors in the image  

Chapter 15:

Working with selections Using quick selection tool Moving a selected area Selecting with lasso tool Rotation and selection Cropping an image  

Chapter 16:

Layer basics Using the layers panels Applying a gradient to layer Applying a layer style Adding an adjustment layer Updating layer effects  

Chapter 17:

Masks and channels Working with masks and channels Creating mask Refine mask Creating a quick mask Working with channels  

Chapter 18:

Typographic Design Creating type on path Wrapping on point Working with character style  

Chapter 19:

Final project of the course working timeline 3 Weeks

Instructor Profile

Noli Mati is a graduated graphic designer. With experience in the field of graphic design for more than 7 years working for different agencies in Prishtina, and different clients and organizations such as : Usaid, Unicef, Giz, Undp, Bkt Bank, Rugove, etc. Noli is the co-founder / art director of “Mates”, and works as an assistant lecturer in “Collage AAB” in Prishtina.

Courses pre-requisites

Basic English knowledge Basic graphic design field knowledge 15+ Years old

Materials you will get during the course for free

Rockport graphic design books Taschen graphic design books Website Design (UI / UX) books Documentaries etc.

Qualification you receive

The Innovation Centre Kosovo will award each candidate who attend minimum 80% of training classes, and who finish their own graphic design fundamentals project presentation to the group.

Noli Mati | Instructor