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Graphic Design Basics for Educators Using Free Software

  • Basic design theory / Design work using Canva and Photopea / A workflow from scratch to ready-to-publish designs
  • Free tutorial
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 (95 ratings)
  • 3,017 students
  • 1hr 10min of on-demand video
  • Created by Predict Edumedia
  • English

What you’ll learn

  • You will discover some of the best sources of inspiration professional designers use for their projects.
  • You will have basic knowledge of graphic design theory that you will be able to recognize and apply.
  • You will learn the fundamentals of Canva and be able to create suitable designs for social media platforms.
  • You will be able to apply an easy-to-follow workflow from creating a moodboard to multiple designs
  • You will learn the fundamentals of Photopea and get to know some impactful features that will enable you to create great looking artwork.


  • Desktop computer or laptop, Internet connection. No previous graphic design or artistic skills needed.


We’ve structured this course into two main sections: first, we will go through basic design theory, focusing on research and the principles of graphic design and secondly, we will get into actual design work using Canva and Photopea.

You need your activity, your business to come to light, you need to engage people. That means digital or printable forms that will help you get your message across. If your field of activity assumes communication, I won’t need to tell you about just how important it is for your materials to look neat. You don’t need, however, to necessarily externalise work to professional designers – with the help of this course, you can save a lot of energy and resources!

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Why should you choose this course?

This free course will help you get started with two of the best free software available and then provide you with a fast, no non-sense workflow from scratch to ready-to-publish designs. Also in Part 1, you will get briefed on the principles that make good design, as well as an easy-to-understand explanation on the two types of digital image.

Here are the projects followed through within this course:

  1. A Mood Board
  2. A Facebook Cover
  3. A Facebook Post
  4. An Instagram Story
  5. A YouTube Thumbnail
  6. A Printable Poster

This material has been funded with support from the European Commission. The content of this material reflects the views only of the authors and the National Agency or the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information.

Who this course is for:

  • ● Educators
  • ● Youth Workers
  • ● Social Workers
  • ● Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
  • ● Anyone interested in Graphic Design

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Course content

4 sections β€’ 14 lectures β€’ 1h 9m total lengthCollapse all sections

Introduction1 lecture β€’ 2min

  • Introduction01:52

PART 1 – Basic Graphic Design Theory3 lectures β€’ 10min

  • Part 1.1. Get Inspired02:38
  • Part 1.2. Principles of Graphic Design05:33
  • Part 1.3. Raster vs Vector01:40
  • Quiz 1 – Basic Graphic Design Theory7 questions

PART 2 – Design Workflow in Canva and Photopea9 lectures β€’ 57min

  • Part 2.1. Canva Basics06:53
  • Part 2.2. Mood Board Design – Graphic Elements and Colour Palette06:17
  • Part 2.3. Mood Board Design – Typography and Review04:40
  • Part 2.4. Facebook Cover Design07:54
  • Part 2.5. Facebook Post Design06:56
  • Part 2.6. Instagram Story and YouTube Thumbnail Design04:22
  • Part 2.7. Photopea Basics07:04
  • Part 2.8. Introduction in Poster Design05:45
  • Part 2.9. Completing a Poster Design07:17
  • Quiz 2. Design Workflow in Canva and Photopea7 questions
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PART 3. Outro1 lecture β€’ 1min

  • Part 3.1. Outro00:46

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