Graphic Design 101: 6 Classes to Become a Pro in NYC
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 261,600 graphic designers in the country in 2014. That’s some pretty fierce competition for a select number of jobs and doesn’t even account for the amateur graphic designers who do work in their off-time. To make sure you rise to the top (or if you want to just learn to use some sweet editing tools), sharpen your skills by taking any of these graphic design classes.

Photoshop.

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The original photo retouch software is used on pretty much any photo on the internet these days: promo pics, Kim Kardashian cover shoots, Instagram photos, memes, Kim Kardashian selfies, etc. But this powerful tool is much more than just a photo manipulator. Under the guidance of an expert Photoshopper, you’ll learn the software’s tools and tricks so that you can edit your stunning travel photos, bad Christmas cards, profile pics and more. Whether you need to know it for business or for personal use, it’s a good skill to learn.

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Adobe Lightroom.

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In the old days of film photography, photographers used a darkroom to chemically process their photographs, safe from the outside world. In the age of digital, photographers use Adobe Lightroom. The photo processor and image organizer is a must for any professional using, storting or storing images. It also provides image editing software that some users find easier than Photoshop. With this lesson under your belt, you’ll set up a system to easily edit and organize your digital data. Don’t get left in the dark!

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Final Cut Pro.

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A popular choice among indie filmmakers and beyond, editors have won Oscars for cutting digital film on Apple’s impressive Final Cut Pro software. We’re not saying you’ll win an Oscar using it, but you will win a wealth of knowledge you can use in all your home video endeavors. To get your film career rolling, take a lesson from an expert FCP user. By the end of the class, all you’ll have left to do is yell, “Lights, Camera, Action!”

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Adobe Premiere.

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It may not be the industry standard, but it’s a heck of a non-linear editing software to cut professional pieces on. With this one-on-one instruction, all of your Adobe Premiere questions will be asked and answered. Perfect for aspiring filmmakers, visual artists and creatives who want to dive into video, learn this relatively easy-to-use software at your own pace. Plus, it runs on both Mac and Windows systems, so PC users rejoice!

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Adobe After Effects.

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Need to enhance those low-budget explosions? Insert animation in your video? Then you’d better learn Adobe After Effects. The industry-standard tool for motion graphics, visual effects and animation is sure to positively effect your video. To master the software (which is quite complex), learn from an expert who can answer all of your technical and creative questions as you study the software at your own pace. Your title credits will have never looked cooler.

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Adobe Illustrator.

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Any graphic designer knows you can take your sketches from the page to the screen with Adobe Illustrator, the industry’s standard vector graphics editor. But are they familiar with all of the software’s backdoor secrets, skills and tricks? Didn’t think so. With a personalized lesson plan from the instructor, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this high performance tool to create cutting edge graphics, logos illustrations, banners and more.

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