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New Course: Design Fundamentals for Photographers

What do photography and graphic design have in common? Quite a bit, actually! In Design Fundamentals for Photographers, you'll learn about some important design principles and see how you can use them to improve your photography.

What You’ll Learn

Visual design is built on a foundation of concepts and principles that have been developed over centuries by painters, sculptors, illustrators, and other fine artists. They have spent generations mastering techniques of presenting visual information in ways that are intentional and communicate emotion. These techniques hold a lot of value to anybody creating artwork in a visual form, and that includes photography. 

In this course, you'll learn about four foundational concepts of design: line, shape, color, and visual weight. Envato Tuts+ instructor Kirk Nelson will show you how they work and how you can use them, and then you'll work on some fun photo assignments to explore your new graphic design skills out in the world. 

Here are some free lessons from this course, as a preview of what you can expect:

Shape in Design

This video looks at the three main categories of shapes that are used in design: geometric, natural, and abstract. Almost every shape that is used falls into one of these categories, and each has its own use in design.

Shape in Photography

How can you apply the concepts of shapes to compositions in photography? It’s helpful to first see how others have approached it and build on their discoveries. So in this video you'll see some intentional applications of shape in photography and why they are effective.

Shape Photo Evaluation

As part of the course, you'll complete a photo assignment based on shape. This video looks at how to evaluate the results, and also gives some tips on using some post-processing to improve them.

Start Learning With a Free Trial

You can take our new course straight away with a free 10-day trial of our monthly subscription. If you decide to continue, it costs just $15 a month, and you’ll get access to hundreds of courses, with new ones added every week.

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