Are you looking for some help with design for a business project? You may wonder why so many online businesses are creating SlideShare presentations, PowerPoints, and great-looking infographics for their business. Wish you could be in the “in crowd” when it comes to photo and design? Well, you can!
There’s help out there for those who want to create their project themselves. All you have to do is look around a bit and connect with the resources you need to get the job done. But once you find the resources, you’ll need to learn how to use them, right?
Let’s take a look at two of the most critical design tools available for the online business owner today: Photoshop and Illustrator.
Both of these programs are great design tools to use for infographics, graphic images, logos, and other projects. But first, you need to know the basics. Below are seven great PhotoShop and Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for designers. Whether you’re a beginner and just want to create a logo or infographic for your business or a professional designer who wants to master these two tools, this should help you.
There’s nothing better than getting a tutorial and tips from the program designer. Here is where you can get a tutorial from Adobe. This tutorial features the following major topics for beginners and designers:
- Adding Layers
- Combining images using layer masks
- Adding text and effects
- Including vector graphics
- Exporting and saving designs
All of the above topics are important for Adobe PhotoShop users because of the frequency that you will use these specific skills. Once you master adding layers, you’ll be shown how to combine images, add text and effects, and more. This is a free online tutorial available at the Adobe site.
Adobe comes through again for their users by providing this easy-to-use online tutorial. It covers all of the following points and skill sets:
- Starting a new project
- Tracing or drawing freehand with brushes.
- Working with color
- Add shapes and work with layers
- Save your drawing and share with others
This course is offered on Udemy.com for $10 and it is a 2.5 hour course. We recommend this course because it is short enough to learn a lot in a limited amount of time while focusing on some of the most important elements of the logo and graphic design process. No matter what you want to use it for, this course should give you a good overall look at Adobe Illustrator and the various aspects of the program that will help you to gain the skills you need.
This course caught our attention because of the time-saving element. Any business owner knows the importance of saving time, no matter what it is that you are doing. The author of this program understands how business owners must save time so that they can focus on the important things. He goes through many tips and tricks that will help you cut some time-saving corners and cut to the chase of how to use this sometimes complicated program.
This group of tutorials is located on one of the most popular design and PhotoShop tutorial sites, tutsplus.com. This site is dedicated to creating high-quality tutorials for PhotoShop users who need to learn how to manipulate photos correctly. There are several tutorials on this subsection of the site that is dedicated to showing you how to manipulate photos and add all sorts of effects to achieve the look you want.
Here is another plethora of tutorials on Adobe Photo Illustrator that you can check out courtesy of Envato and tutsplus.com. Featuring several different topics such as Icon Design, Character Design, Logo Design, and Illustration Tutorials, you’ll find something to fit your needs under this page setting. Look through the tutorials and check out one or all of these tutorials that you can access free through the tutsplus site.
This is more of a portal site for design and Illustrator tutorials than a dedicated one-topic tutorial site. You’ll find numerous different topics to explore here, as well as some sound trips and tricks for using Adobe Illustrator. If you are not sure quite where to start, try this one first, the Adobe Illustrator for Beginners tutorial. This offers 11 tips for beginners as you are mastering the basics. Then, once you’ve learned the techniques offered in this tutorial, you can browse their catalog of Adobe tutorials to see what else you can learn.
Don’t forget that YouTube also has some free tutorials you can check out, too.
DIY: Is it for me?
Okay, that should keep you busy for awhile! These seven tutorial sites (or in some cases portal tutorial sites on various topics) dealing with PhotoShop and Illustrator will give you the basic knowledge, tools, and skills you need to master in order to create your own logo, graphic or infographic design, and more.
So go ahead and take the plunge! You might be surprised what you can do once you have the basics down. Usually, the learning curve is at the beginning of something. Once you master the main concepts, you’ll want to branch out and learn even more and you’ll have the confidence to do it.
Both of these programs are relatively easy as far as using the necessary tools. But, as you find that you want to do more and make your infographics or other digital assets more complicated, you may want to branch out more and learn more about it. It’s also important to note that there are other image editing tools out there as well, should you not have the resources or budget to invest in a licensed version of Adobe’s products.
However, one problem people run into is the time it takes to learn these skills. If you do have the time and you can outsource some of your business tasks to someone else, go for it. If not, however, and you find that you must be more present with your business and cannot seem to find the time to devote to the learning curve, by all means, look for help.
The Most Important Thing
The most important thing is doing the things that will help your business grow. Remember this rule: If you cannot spare the time to learn something yourself, you can use money instead to hire it done.
Freelancers abound on many different freelance sites on the internet such as 99designs.com, Upwork.com, and Fiverr.com, to name a few. You may find a talented freelance designer who already has the knowledge and the skills to do it for you, saving you valuable time and effort.
If you want to hire a professional design team, however, see us. We are infographicdesignteam.com and we approach each individual project as the most important project we have ever taken on.
We work with Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, and many other tools and we already have the skills and know-how to get the job done.
Your infographics should look professional and they should have that shine and appeal that will draw your most important customers. See us to learn more about how we can help.