Want to Learn Graphic Design? Self-Study Tips for Beginners (part 2)

Learn the basics

Identify areas before study

Choose carefully the field of graphic design that you want to pursue early: 2D, 3D, web design or motion graphic. You will know what tools you need to practice very deeply. For example, if you are determined to become an illustrator then Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Ilustrator and Wacom board are the first tools to learn.

Search for necessary tools

The standard software used in graphics is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. (If you really want to invest seriously, choose a full suite of Adobe Creative Suite, including Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects.) While both are very easy to use, they have lots of great features and you will have to work hard to master them.

Join the design community

Practicing at home is a good and safe way to learn basic graphic design. You then need to bring your works to the public to receive feedback. It may be difficult at first, but put the ego aside and listen to different ideas. The results will be well worth it. It is also important to see other people’s works. You will not be limited to just one or two designs.

Every industry has a network that is an important element of graphic design, especially when you are freelancing. Make friends, stay in touch, be ready to learn and you’ll probably get jobs from relationships.

Develop you own style

You must find your own design style to express your brand, affirm your ability in the eyes of employers, in the eyes of the partner. Don’t be afraid to be different. Discover new design ideas and redesign old ones. Always remember that creativity is your best design tool.

In short, in order to succeed in self-study Graphic Design, besides knowledge, you also have to define your own style. The learning process will be better if you regularly update new trends in design.