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How To Teach Yourself Graphic Design

Have you ever aspired to be a graphic designer? Wondered if it’s possible to teach yourself? The answer is yes! By taking advantage of the available resources and utilizing the internet, you can teach yourself to be a graphic designer in no time!

Has being a graphic designer ever sound appealing to you? The thought of designing flyers, product packaging, and more can be enticing even to those without creativity. The thought of graphic design is a powerful one and it’s no wonder, with the magic of art, that it draws so many to it. 

If you’re interested in graphic design and thinking about becoming a graphic designer then you’ve come to the right place. Although being a graphic designer may seem daunting to learn, it isn’t as bad as you may expect. In fact, many self-taught graphic designers have figured graphic design out on their own. 

If you have the willpower to make your own path and want to explore graphic design on your own, then this is the article for you. 

Utilize The Internet 

The internet is filled with helpful tips. With all the resources provided to us, anyone can learn anything at this point, and it’s only a matter of finding the right resources available. Design blogs and YouTube are the best places that you’ll find helpful tips and where you’ll be able to learn the basics. 

Both of these are great for beginners because, usually, they’ll be kept updated. This means that you’ll be kept up to date on all the current trends happening. Using these resources won’t cost you a nickel and they’ll help guide you in the right direction for graphic design. If nothing else, you’ll learn all the basics of graphic design from these resources. 

Look At Other’s Designer’s Work 

This is an area that many tend to overlook. Don’t be shy and worry about copying someone’s work and don’t underestimate the power of seeing the expert’s work. To truly understand design and the way that designers use resources to create amazing pieces of graphic art you have to study their work. 

Don’t be afraid to dive in and attempt to recreate some of their art. Sometimes the best way to learn great art is by simply recreating pieces. It will help you to learn the basis of them and force you to deconstruct them. It can help you take giant leaps in progress with your art. 

Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment 

The number one piece of advice? Experiment. Don’t be afraid to try new things and go off the path. You don’t have to follow the rules; in fact, many of the best pieces are created when designers aren’t afraid to make their own road and merely do what they want. Test your limits and see what happens when you dive in. 

Get creative and push yourself. Take part in some design challenges. Learn through trial and error and don’t be afraid of failing. Failing will help you grow more than success will and, with art, push your boundaries. You’ll never make progress until you start experimenting with what you have. 

Get Advice From Other Designers 

You’ll be surprised to find how many graphic designers are willing to share their knowledge with others. Graphic designers have taken to social media accounts, YouTube, and blogs to share tips, tutorials, and more for those looking to get started with graphic design. The best way that you can get started with teaching yourself graphic design is by following them. 

Even if they don’t share tips and tutorials, designers will still share their work with you. This can help majorly with inspiration and learning techniques. Many don’t mind you asking them questions and will freely offer advice. On these platforms, you may also find small businesses selling their graphic design work that you want to support. There are so many good things to be found on these platforms if you look for it! 

In Conclusion 

Overall, it can feel a bit daunting when you’re first starting with attempting to teach yourself graphic design. It can feel like there’s a tremendous amount to learn, more resources than you know what to do with, and a million different softwares. This can be overwhelming for anyone and you can be a little unsure as to where to get started. 

However, teaching yourself graphic design isn’t nearly as difficult as many think it is. In fact, there are many free resources, helpful design tips, and more to get you guided on the right path. Remember to utilize all the resources that are available on the internet; you can find hundreds of tutorials and inspiration on YouTube and Pinterest alone.

Get inspiration from your favorite designers. Find designs that you like and then find the designer who created them. Experiment and find what styles you like. Try to imitate some of your favorite designs and see what happens. Take advice from the pros and don’t be afraid to reach out with questions. Many designers know what it’s like to be in your shoes and are more than happy to help out a fellow aspiring designer. Most of all, it’s important that you experiment and have fun. Let your creativity guide you and experiment until you find what you like!