Searching for creative inspiration—or education? We’ve got you covered with the best of the web’s design resources: thirteen of our favorite online destinations for courses, tutorials, and tools to support your inner muse (and help you get the most out of our unlimited library of stock images).
Classes and Tutorials from the Pros
Lynda is a one-stop-shop for design and technology classes, all suited to a variety of digital skills and experience levels. Currently, it hosts more than 600 courses in design with nearly 30,000 video tutorials available. These courses range in topics from broad fundamentals like composition or how to use Adobe creative software to more specific interests like logo or typography design.
For aspiring photographers, KelbyOne is the go-to site for online courses, as taught by many of the best photographers in the field. Some focus on composition fundamentals or tutorials for making the most of your camera, while others delve into learning the ins and outs of digital lightrooms and Adobe Photoshop.
Digital Arts Tutorials
If you’re looking to upgrade your Photoshop game, make sure to check out the design tutorials from British-based design magazine Digital Arts. Specializing in focused, step-by-step tutorials, Digital Arts is the perfect resource for the designer looking for tips on how to create specific effects, such as turning photos into hand-drawn “illustrations” or adding bokeh or snow effects to your images.
Creative Blogs to Inspire
Featuring the latest in editing tips and tricks, expert interviews, industry news, and photographic inspiration, PetaPixel is a must-read blog for designers who regularly work with or manipulate photographs.
Brown Paper Bag
A carefully curated blog of Pinterest-worthy photos, Brown Paper Bag highlights innovative uses of design, from textured prints and watercolor tattoos, to 3D paper sculptures and laser-embossed cookie rollers.
With a minimalist layout, Collate lets imagery speak for itself by focusing on the intersection of advertising, functional design, and pop art. The result is a collection of cutting edge design pieces sure to inspire your inner Warhol or Lichtenstein.
Books and Magazines for Offline Design
Universal Principles of Design
Considered by many as the definitive, all-in-one reference book and primer for creatives, The Universal Principles of Design clearly explains 125 fundamental concepts, from The Golden Ratio to Attractiveness Bias. Written by designers William Lidwell, Jill Butler, and Kritina Holden, the book covers principles essential to all disciplines of design, from illustration and web graphics to commercial advertising and gallery curation.
Before & After: How to Design Cool Stuff Magazine
Before & After is a magazine on a mission to make graphic design concepts and techniques accessible to everyone, especially beginners. With editions available in print, PDF, or video tutorials, the magazine features a useful mix of articles on aesthetic fundamentals and “sprites” or quick tricks to make your projects visually pop.
Founded in 1940, Print’s bimonthly magazine has a long, respected history of delving deep into design culture and theory while showcasing the best of international and regional artists. You can also find many of the magazine’s articles online in addition to its daily blog, which focuses on equal parts design trade and creative inspiration.
Workshops and Conferences for Creative Communities
Think TED talks crossed with a breakfast series for imaginative and innovative minds. Creative Mornings sponsors speaker series in many urban hubs around the world—and if you can’t make one of their sessions in person, you can always listen to their podcasts online.
Hailed as the biggest and best photography and Lightroom event of the year, the annual Photoshop World conference is the perfect place for photographers and designers of all skill levels to learn new techniques and network with other design professionals.
The Photoshop Conference
Similar to Photoshop World but for less photography-oriented creatives, the Photoshop Conference focuses on learning sessions and networking events for graphic designers, production artists, illustrators, and publishers.
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