Learning design is a lot more than just learning to use graphic design software, but it is an important tool you need as a graphic designer. Knowing how to use design software well allows you to get your ideas worked up quickly (after sketching them out on paper first of course).
Here are some free video tutorial on some of the most popular graphic design packages to help get you started. Please note all these courses were free at time of writing, if you notice this has changed please let me know.
Learn Adobe Illustrator – Free Video Tutorials
Getting Started with Illustrator CS6 – from Adobe TV
A series of videos from Adobe themselves which sill help you get started with learning Adobe Illustrator.
Learn Adobe Illustrator CS5 Basics – Udemy
Learn the basics of finding your way around Adobe Illustrator, it’s tools and some shortcut commands
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Layers Magazine
Layers Magazine has a large selection of Illustrator tutorials. They are not so much a course as more something you can dip in and out of to learn different techniques.
Illustrator Tutorials by Video Podcast – Creative Suite Podcast
Similarly to Layers Magazine above these are more lessons which teach you various techniques rather than a complete beginners course. You will find tips, tutorials and discover new things you didn’t know you could do in Illustrator.
Design a Letterhead in illustrator – No Bull Design School
In this free video course I teach you how to design a letterhead starting by sketching and then working it up in Illustrator
Free Adobe Photoshop Video Tutorials
There is definitely no shortage of free video lessons to learn Photoshop. Here are a selection below.
Get Started with Adobe Photoshop – Adobe TV
Adobe themselves provide free videos to get you started with learning Photoshop. This includes all the interface, layers filters etc etc.
Learn Adobe Photoshop Video Lessons – The New Boston
This video course contains 16 lessons to get you started with photoshop. It looks like this course could be added to in the future as the other courses have more lessons.
Free Photo Shop Video Courses – Udemy
Udemy currently has several free Photoshop video courses for beginners
- Photoshop Tools in 10 Easy Steps – www.udemy.com/photoshop-tools-in-10-easy-steps
- Photoshop Training – www.udemy.com/photoshoptraining
- Easily Master Photoshop Layers – www.udemy.com/easily-master-photoshop-layers
- Photoshop and Lightroom Tips for Photosraphers – www.udemy.com/awesome-photoshop-lightroom-tips/
Learn Photoshop Video Lessons – Course Hero
Course Hero have done something pretty clever here. Someone with a good knowledge of Photoshop has put together a course using videos created by other people on Youtube. It’s clever because they have taken one off videos and given it structure to teach you all the basics of Photoshop.
Miscellaneous Photoshop Video Tutorials – Layers Magazine
Photoshop Video Podcast – Creative Suite Podcast
Miscellaneous Photoshop tutorials which you can watch on the website or subscribe to by podcast
Photoshop Podcasts – CreativeCow
These podcast look quite advanced so maybe start with the other ones first
Free Adobe Indesign Video Tutorials
Learn Indesign Basics – Udemy
This free Indesign Course will get you started with creating a booklet in Indesign
Indesign Course – Adobe TV
This video course content list looks pretty comprehensive to get you up and running in Indesign
Free Adobe Indesign Tutorials – Layers Magazine
Miscellaneous video tutorials on specific aspects of Indesign
Indesign Video Podcast
A podcast teaching various aspects of Indesign. You can watch on the site or subscribe in Itunes so you don’t miss future lessons.
Free Adobe Dreamweaver Video Lessons
Learn Dreamweaver – The New Boston
A 41 video free course to get you started in Dreamweaver
Free Dreamweaver Video Courses – Udemy
Udemy currently has several free Dreamweaver video courses
- Creating a Website from Start to Finish – www.udemy.com/creating-a-website-from-adobe-photoshop-to-the-web/
- Dreamweaver tutorial: building websites from design comps – www.udemy.com/dreamweaver-tutorial-building-websites-from-design-comps/
- Dreamweaver CS5.5 Tutorials:Build an HTML5 CSS3 webpage – www.udemy.com/dreamweaver-cs55-tutorialsbuild-an-html5-css3-webpage/
Dreamweaver Basics Course – AdobeTV
Direct from Adobe a series of video tutorials to start learning Dreamweaver
Learn Dreamweaver – Layers Magazine
Dip in and out of these video tutorials to learn specific aspects of Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver Podcast – Creative Suite Podcast
Miscellaneous Dreamweaver tutorials you can watch on the site or subscribe to in Itunes