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Graphic design. Digital graphics course for beginners

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Graphic design. Digital graphics course for beginners

Want to explore the world of graphic design? Are you interested in commercial creation? Let’s dive into the world of digital graphics from scratch!

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Want to explore the world of graphic design? Are you interested in commercial creation? Let’s dive into the world of digital graphics from scratch!

Graphic design. Digital graphics course for beginners

Don't wait anymore! Sign-up now

Great friendly atmosphere at the studios

Effective programs and motivating lecturers

Get great results fast. Perfect for total beginners

Flexible missed lessons replacement

We will provide you with all the materials

Want to explore the world of graphic design? Are you interested in commercial creation? Let’s dive into the world of digital graphics from scratch!

Are you interested in creating digital graphics but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to engage with graphic design professionally in the future? We will help you build a solid foundation of skills and provide you with the necessary knowledge to start creating effective digital and advertising graphics- and with us, you’ll have fun doing it!

In this graphic design course we will work with key industry tools, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. We will study and find inspiration in the works of great designers, and create our own beautiful posters, business cards and logos. You will learn to create in many different styles, and will get tips in effectively working with professional clients. Our amazing lecturers will advise you on how to look for ideas or how to overcome creative block. 🙂

In the future, graphic design may even become your career! With us, you will be learning how to design original corporate styles, brand-books and compelling leaflets. Come learn the basics of graphic design from experienced professionals. With this course, you are sure to create work that you will be proud of.!

What to bring with you? Nothing 🙂  All the materials and supplies are always provided to you for free at Draw Planet!

Course is taught in English!

You don’t need to buy anything extra for the course. All the materials and equipment will be prepared and provided for you at the studio.

If it happens that you can’t come to a lecture, we will offer you replacement dates. No worries, you won’t miss anything.

Sign-up form and all the information about the dates of the course are lower on this page! Don’t leave it for later – SIGN-UP NOW!

  • Friendly and inspiring Draw Planet atmosphere
  • With us you will learn quickly and make great progress
  • One lecture once a week, same day every week
  • All top quality supplies are always provided for free
  • Nice professional lecturers and effective programs
  • Perfect for beginners. We will help and support you
  • There are 12 lectures + 1 bonus lesson at the end
  • Each lecture is 3 hours. Course is 39 hours total
  • 6900 CZK for the whole course including materials
  • It is just 176 CZK for each hour of fun and learning

If you miss a lecture – we will do our best to replace it for you! Just write us an email.

Look at students who started with this course. You will manage this too. Learn to create with Draw Planet!

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Lecturers

Anastasia

Anastasia is a wonderful illustrator, graphic designer, drawer and a calligrapher. She is currently finishing up her Master’s thesis at ZČU on graphic design and typography. She is fan of creativity in all forms and shapes. She is mainly inspired by dance and travels. She also has a very strong track record in advertising, working for the largest European clients. At Draw Planet she teaches computer graphics, illustration, calligraphy and preparation for exams.

Kristyna B

Kristyna is a newage superhero. Many years of generating tens of ideas for the largest brands in the market made a creative machine out of her. She will help you with a concept, show you how to overcome a creative block, navigate you to the technical solution in a graphic software. She is a great graphic designer, illustrator and a creative manager, you will be glad for her guidance.

Alexey

Alexey is an incredible graphic designer, animator and a very pleasant person to be around. He is a wonderful lecturer with great taste. Contemporary design can sometimes be incomprehensible and too conceptual, but you still have to search for new forms and ideas. And in order to strike this creative balance between a quality design for the client and modern trends, you have to work really hard. Alexey incorporates these new tendencies into his teaching keeping it fresh and practical. He has great theoretical background from his design studies in UTB and will give you recommendations for far too many designers, books and resources for self study.

Alisa

Alisa is an impressive artist, but her main domain is graphic design and vector illustration. After her graphic design studies, she became a freelance designer. Now she is a part of the large graphic atelier and teaches at Draw Planet. Her patience is universally admired. She approached every student with incredible kindness and friendly humour. She will be there for you at all times and support you every step of the way. We are really happy to have her as a graphic design, illustrator and Photoshop lecturer.

Marcela

Marcela is our super-illustrator. After studing her Master’s at ZCU she just never stops. She founded a book publishing house, she teaches sketching, illustration and figure drawing, she worked for an Italian agency and she even has energy to teach children art lessons. She is just a well-rounded amazing person, who we are thrilled to have as a member of our team.

Lucie Z

Lucie photographs, works with fashion designers, does graphic design, retouches, creates visual identities, logos and so much more. Her knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom is incredible and it gets better everyday. During lectures with Lucie you will only learn the freshest and coolest trends which will inspire you to create you own amazing art. She is very organized but also fun to be around and a great improviser. No matter if she teaches Photoshop, graphic design or Photography she will go above and beyond program to give her students exactly what they need. Thanks to a great deal of real life experience, she will give you spot on tips which will make your life so much easier.

Karolina V

We are the biggest admirers of our amazing art team, even more so Karolina still managed to somehow surprise us. She has substantial expertise and knowledge in interior design and space planning. At the same time she has been creating beautiful graphic designs for the biggest Czech market players for several years. To add to the top, Karolina now is wrapping up her glass making degree at UMPRUM in Prague. Carolina can teach you how to become detail-oriented, positive and fearless person with an excellent taste. Never losing her human side, she is a pleasant and admired lecturer! She tutors interiors, graphic design, Adobe Illustrator, preparation for the exams and many more courses at Draw Planet.

More about course

This course offers a solid foundation of knowledge of graphic design and vital tools for future artistic development. This course lays out the fundamentals of graphic designs clearly and logically. Graphic design is an ever-evolving field, and in the future, you could help shape it.

On the course you will get to know and learn how to work with perfect tools for practical creation which are Photoshop and Illustrator. We will tell you which tools are the most important and when to use them. Our lecturers give visual examples and let students apply new knowledge in practice so it is easier to memorize the course materials.

During the course you will get to know Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as the perfect tools for practical work; you’ll learn which tools are the most useful and vital for effective creation. Our lecturers will use a rich variety of visual examples and guide you in practically applying all the new knowledge you gain with relevant projects, so it is easier to understand and remember the course materials.

We will start with the composition analysis. We will learn what a dominant element is, or why statics and dynamics are important. We will create our own beautiful Photoshop collages. We will tell you how to correctly combine multiple fonts and present vector graphics; and in order to be able to create your own poster, we will learn cutouts, overlays and textures!

Graphic design training will explain the reasoning behind the sequence and hierarchy of information on business cards. With this knowledge, we can create business cards that aren’t just beautiful, but also correctly made and fully representative of their owner and their professionalism. We will also learn and master the rules and methods of creating beautiful leaflets and flyers that don’t miss any information and attract the desired audience. We will also learn the steps of preparing a document for printing. Preparing a document to print correctly is also part of the course.

Next, let’s dive into advertising campaigns holistically. You will learn how to make a logo, and what a brand-book or a modular grid really is. We will also go over the basics of web design. You will truly be proud of your final work!

The graphic design course will answer your questions about getting started with computer graphics. You will make it in the learning of computer graphics! You will not get lost in the world of computer graphics with Draw Planet and get fundamental knowledge for further development from the course.We look forward to seeing you!

This graphic design course will answer all of your questions about getting started with digital graphics, and teach you to be the best graphic designer you can be! With Drawplace you won’t be lost in the world of digital graphics and it’s complex software, we will provide you with a fundamental understanding to aid your further independent development. We look forward to seeing you!

Course program

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1st lesson
Composition / work with collages. Analysis of composition following the following principles: dominant space, dominant element, statics, dynamics.
Composition on the example of the finished printed material (template, postcard).
Color theory, layers, changing color in PS, Cut/Paste
- We will create a new A5 document, create new layers, cut out a shape from a photo or from another document (we will learn 3 different ways to do this)* we will create the desired shape for every part of the collage. Also, depending on the chosen image for the exercise, we may go through the color correction, or the placement of the texture on the surface (paper, wood, etc.), but it all depends on the image selected for the exercise
- We will create a collage according to the instructions of the lecturer – just using cut/paste/layers
- With the lecturer we will create a botanical collage. We will further work with the form + basic color correction

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2nd lessons
Complex retouching + collage. Defining what we will need to have in the collage. Examples of great collages will be shown. The principles of composition will be further discussed.
- Following the lecturer’s example we will create an image using a mix of color correction and complex retouching
- Following the lecturer’s example we will make a banner using complex retouching + learning how to insert text approved by the lecturer and continuing to build on the concepts of the next lesson (review retouching and discuss the basics of the banner)

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3rd lesson
Fonts. Learning how the poster works in graphic design. What role do fonts play?
How to correctly combine 3 or more different fonts. When to use serif fonts and sans-serifs fonts. What are the most commonly used fonts, different font categories.
-How to create text and how to edit it? We will create font compositions based on poster design. We will use different types of fonts and learn various tools (line, line properties for frames and sections)
- Following the lecturer’s example, we will create a font composition for a film poster. We will use a quote-the context of the film, learn how to add text, overlays, cut outs, according on the poster composition

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4th lesson
- A poster for a musical band or a singer. Combination of text + effects + retouch
- Following the lecturers example we will create a ticket for a concert or a program (focusing on dimensions, we will review retouching)

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5th lesson
Creating a business card and working with AI + PS. What's a business card? Hierarchy of information on the business card.
Introduction to vector graphics and basics of working with Adobe Illustrator. Types of digital graphics based on the types of image, and methods and applications to create digital graphics. An overview of Illustrator as a program, it’s function, use in print and in web design.
Getting to know the program interface. Change the scale and display modes, operations with simple objects, selection, rotation, copying, rearranging
- Ways of creating in Illustrator – ordinary geometric forms _ "Shapes"
– We will create more complex variants of business cards-we will combine AI and PS elements. Exporting, grids, using edges

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6th lesson
Leaflet/Flyer. What is a leaflet? What information should be placed on it? Let's see some examples. In Photoshop: preliminary preparation of the document. Exporting a document to print. Working with CMYK
- We will demonstrate how to work in Photoshop, going over the use of the basic tools. We will show everything on the example of a simple leaflet
- We will learn how to properly use mock-ups. We will prepare your document for printing.
PS + AI combination on leaflet / EPS
- Textures and effects in AI
- Vectorization. Create a company form with a pattern (pattern in AI-export to PS)

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7th lesson
Menu design. What should a menu look like? We'll show you the different methods and variations in design. What must a menu contain?
How to prepare a basis for work in the PS when we work with the menu. Using grids. How is the font involved?
- According to the lecturer we will create a menu (1 page)

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8th lesson
Advertising campaign.

Part 1. Billboard. Presentation from the lecturer on the basics of advertising campaigns. What is included in the concept of an advertising campaign.
- With the lecturer, we will create 2 billboards of different sizes in PS

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9th Lesson
Advertising campaign, part 2. Post-materials. PS + AI. We continue with the advertising campaign. The lecturer will explain what post-materials are and how to work with them
- We create a shadow, and retouch (patch, various brushes for retouching). Basic elements are created in AI
-Let's see how to create shadows and make retouching / do post-materials. To choose from: bags, covers for phones, car stickers. All students get mock-ups and a brand.

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10th Lesson
Logos, post materials, modular grids, concepts. What is a logo? How it is created, the process of creating a logotype.
- Create a simple logo – AI – black and white variant
- Brush logo (using fonts)
- Logo from simple forms and their combinations
- Gradient Logo
- How to make a gradient (let's try it on the logo). We'll look at "shapes" and working with text in AI

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11th lesson
Post-production. We repeat the material of working with a logo. We can use the logo that we have created in the last lesson and just fine-tune it, or create another logo with a texture or some effect
- Then we'll discuss packaging design. Let's make a box design.
- We put the logo that we have created earlier on the cover.

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12th lesson
Web, work on the homepage. Theory: what it should look like. The basics of web design.
- In Photoshop, we create mockups and grids. In AI, we make icons
Bonus
Brandbook. Number of brandbook pages. The edges of each page. Typography. What a brandbook is supposed to contain.
Composition
- Compositionally correctly developed brandbook (2-3 pages). Margins, composition, text /materials from the course will be enough
- Alternatively, students can be provided with folders with ready made corporate style designs, which students can use to create a brandbook

Frequently asked questions and answers

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DRAW/PAINT/DESIGN ETC. CAN I STILL COME TO DRAW PLANET?

Definitely! That is what we do – we teach people to draw and develop creatively when they don’t even know how to start. We specialize in instructing beginners and people with no creative or drawing experience. We approach all of our students individually and with great care. It means the world to us that you learn the skills and finish Draw Planet courses absolutely satisfied with your studies.

CAN I COME JUST FOR A VISIT?

Sure! We love our guests and understand that they want to meet teachers, see the studios, and observe the creative process. We will show you everything that you are interested in and will answer all of your questions. It would be awesome if you let us know you are coming a few hours in advance.

WHERE ARE THE STUDIOS?

We have prepared beautiful studios for you in Prague city centre with perfect public transport availability. Draw Planet address is Sokolovská 131/86, Praha 8, Karlín. Right on the Křižíkova station (metro, tram). You can find us in the Zirkon building, 3rd floor. Also on occasion there may be available parking around the building.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LEARN TO DRAW, IF I AM ALWAYS SO BUSY AND SIMPLY DON’T HAVE THE TIME?

In our superconnected and hurried times it is essential to make some time only for yourself. Surely, it is not always possible, but if we are speaking longterm, if you are busy nonstop it might backfire. If you don’t allow yourself to rest and regenerate, even your work will be ever harder to manage with all the stress. Creative tasks allow you to switch, find new original solutions and learn new skills, you will feel motivated with the progress you are making and will be in a supporting and motivating environment. Try looking at your schedule and finding some space for yourself, it will do you good.

CAN I TRANSFER MY COURSE OR WORKSHOP TO A FRIEND OF MINE?

Yes. Only please let us know in advance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T COME TO A LESSON?

We understand that anything can happen and you might not be able attend every single lesson in the course. It is not a huge problem if you miss one lesson. You can still manage everything in the program – our teachers will do everything to help you so that you are not left behind. When it is possible, sometimes in some courses, we organize a special last lesson so that everyone who has missed a lesson can finish their work or have a cup of tea. But this is not always the case, due to the complications of scheduling. Please try to attend all lessons in a course.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

Nothing. We always provide you with all the materials that are needed for the course for free. You don’t need to bring anything except for your imagination. Just come and enjoy the lesson.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING COURSES?

Draw Planet has been offering courses and workshops for more than 3 years now. And we are constantly continuing to perfect our courses and materials and to find new inspirations. We have managed to design our courses in such a way that they are always exciting and engaging both for adults and kids.

CAN I LEARN TO DRAW, IF I DON’T HAVE A BIG TALENT?

We all have talent for creating art. But we have to develop it. We all used to draw and paint when we were small. But some were supported, complemented and provided with right conditions, others were not. So some developed their talent more, and others did not yet. But that is the beauty of creating art – you can start and learn any time. It is never late to train and make quick progress. You simply have to begin your drawing course and amaze yourself with the progress you are making.

WHY EVEN DRAW, PAINT AND DESIGN ANYTHING AT ALL?

There is a mounting amount of evidence for why creativity is good for you! You will express your emotions freely, improve your memory and get rid of stress. Thanks to creativity you will be more noticing, more empathetic and even more effective at your work. You will be motivated by the progress you are making. But mainly you will have some time dedicated only for you and beautiful works you will make. Creativity makes people happier, join us now!

DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO COME IF I CAN’T EVEN DRAW AT HOME?

Of course :) Aspiring artists often lack guidance and support needed, they don’t know how to do something they crave and don’t have a direction. To make good progress you must have a professional leading you, helping you every step of the way and motivating you during your studies. Our experienced and energetic lecturers will guide you, motivate you and inspire! Our effective programs will ensure that you are making big advancements. And it is always fun at Draw Planet. Come and see for yourself!

WHO ARE YOUR LECTURERS?

Everybody who teaches at Draw Planet is always very friendly, creative and open-minded. All of our lecturers are very experienced teachers who are also active in their own creative pursuits.

WHAT ARE THE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS?

A course is a set of lessons, usually between 7 and 11 in number. Normally one lesson in a course is 3 hours (180 minutes).

A workshop is usually an individual lesson or 2 lessons. Workshops can last from 2 hours to 8 hours for a whole day workshop.

CAN I RECEIVE MONEY BACK FOR A COURSE I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEND?

A refund for a paid course is possible. We try to approach each situation individually and always try to find the best solution for you. If it’s possible, we can reschedule or offer you a different course. For a more detailed policy on refunds, please see “Fee return” in the About Us section.

WHAT IF I AM NOT SURE WHICH COURSE TO TAKE?

It is often the case with young artists that they are unsure which technique they want to pursue. The easiest solution is to write us at [email protected] and let us know what you expect from the course. We will find the course that suits you best. The important part is to take the first step.

I HAVE COMPLETED A COURSE, WHAT NEXT?

We encourage you to continue to develop your creativity! You can buy art supplies and continue to draw and paint on your own. You might consider coming to the studio just to draw on your own or to join a new course or workshop. We often also throw little parties, take trips, and organize interesting talks from creative professionals, like designers, painters, etc. Sign up for our newsletter below and like us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/drawplanetcz

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