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Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop

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Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop
Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop

Course Overview

Learn how to create the perfect portfolio to showcase your Photoshop skill from this Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop course and be able to present your works in a smart and effective way.

In this Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop course, you will learn how to create a Portfolio, practical Photoshop technique to apply immediately, Facebook ads, Instagram post, YouTube thumbnails, newsletter, CV, business card creating, how to maintain your workflow, logo design, banner creating, image editing and many other projects that will enrich your portfolio and make you more valuable to employers. In addition, this course will help you to understand Photoshop projects that can add value to your career as a designer. 

You will learn Photoshop projects and how to create them from scratch. Learn unique Photoshop techniques and be able to use them in your projects effectively from this Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarize with the techniques of creating a portfolio and showcasing your work 
  • Learn different project styles and techniques 
  • Be able to create CV, business card, logo, catalogue and sales banner 
  • Learn how to design YouTube thumbnails, Instagram posts, Facebook ads and other social media promotion ads 
  • Create different images, edit images and cover images 
  • Be able to create a lasting impression in your mind through your design

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who want to showcase their work and establish their career as digital artist or graphic designers. You will learn how you can create your portfolio, enrich your CV and showcase your work from this course.

Entry Requirement

  • This course is available to all learners, of all academic backgrounds.
  • Learners should be aged 16 or over to undertake the qualification.
  • Good understanding of English language, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.


  • After you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to obtain an Accredited Certificate of Achievement. You can however also obtain a Course Completion Certificate following the course completion without sitting for the test. Certificates can be obtained either in hardcopy at the cost of £39 or in PDF format at the cost of £24.
  • PDF certificate’s turnaround time is 24 hours, and for the hardcopy certificate, it is 3-9 working days.

Why choose us?

  • Affordable, engaging & high-quality e-learning study materials;
  • Tutorial videos/materials from the industry-leading experts;
  • Study in a user-friendly, advanced online learning platform;
  • Efficient exam systems for the assessment and instant result;
  • The UK & internationally recognized accredited qualification;
  • Access to course content on mobile, tablet or desktop from anywhere anytime;
  • The benefit of career advancement opportunities;
  • 24/7 student support via email.

Career Path

Build a Portfolio: 40 Practical Projects in Photoshop is a useful qualification to possess and would be beneficial for any related profession or industry such as:

  • Graphic Designers 
  • Photo Editors 
  • Artists 
  • Digital Artists 
  • Freelancers

Course Curriculum

Welcome 00:06:00
Getting Fast Help 00:02:00
Graphic Design 00:03:00
Create your first Facebook Ad Design 00:08:00
Using Photoshop for Every Project 00:04:00
Design Assets Explained 00:06:00
Best Sources for Design Assets 00:08:00
Optional – Setting up Photoshop 00:06:00
Mix and Match Design Assets 00:04:00
What does it take to create beautiful graphics? 00:03:00
Facebook Cover Project
Introduction 00:01:00
Project Settings & Aspect Ratios 00:08:00
Optional: Creating Text Assets From Scratch 00:05:00
Selecting Image Assets 00:07:00
Arranging the Assets on the Canvas 00:04:00
Designing the Cover 00:07:00
Typography for the Facebook Cover 00:07:00
Fine Tuning the Cover 00:04:00
Conclusion 00:03:00
Facebook Cover Project #2
Introduction 00:01:00
Analyze your assets and options 00:05:00
Setting the project’s foundation 00:05:00
Creating a neutral background with a noise texture 00:07:00
Sizing up the products correctly 00:05:00
Creating shadows for the products 00:06:00
Fine Tuning the Cover 00:04:00
Using vector graphics to create version 2 00:04:00
Creative Facebook cover iteration 00:09:00
Youtube Thumbnails
The connection between YouTube thumbnails & Views 00:02:00
The power of a mockup 00:07:00
The Absolute best way to design YouTube Thumbnails 00:04:00
Classic YouTube Thumbnail – Part 1 00:05:00
Classic YouTube Thumbnail – Part 2 00:07:00
Abstract YouTube Thumbnail – Part 1 00:06:00
Abstract YouTube Thumbnail – Part 2 00:07:00
Choose your own style 00:05:00
Before and After Thumbnail 00:07:00
Illustration-based Thumbnail – Part 1 00:05:00
Illustration-based Thumbnail – Part 2 00:05:00
Personal Brand Thumbnail 00:07:00
Text Behind & In Front of you 00:05:00
Conclusions 00:01:00
Introduction 00:01:00
How to Post on Instagram from your Computer 00:02:00
Instagram Content Creation Hack 00:05:00
Clean Product Presentation – Part 1 00:05:00
Clean Product Presentation – Part 2 00:07:00
Instagram Mockups – Easy! 00:03:00
Inspirational Content – Part 1 00:06:00
Inspirational Content – Part 2 00:04:00
Black & White Content 00:09:00
Food Content 00:06:00
Personal Branding – Part 1 00:06:00
Personal Branding – Part 2 00:04:00
Content Striking Colors – Part 1 00:04:00
Content Striking Colors – Part 2 00:05:00
Facebook Ads
Introduction 00:01:00
Framing Facebook Ads & Quality Standards 00:06:00
Colorful Product Ad – Part 1 00:07:00
Colorful Product Ad – Part 2 00:05:00
Colorful Product Ad – Part 3 00:07:00
Colorful Product Ad – Part 4 00:06:00
The question of stock photos & freebies in FB ads 00:05:00
Vector Based Ad – Part 1 00:06:00
Vector Based Ad – Part 2 00:07:00
Vector Based Ad – Part 3 00:06:00
Vector Based Ad – Part 4 00:05:00
The Pros and Cons of People-based Facebook ads 00:06:00
People-Based Facebook Ad – Part 1 00:07:00
People-Based Facebook Ad – Part 2 00:06:00
People-Based Facebook Ad – Part 3 00:06:00
Best Facebook Ad Template – The Foundation 00:04:00
Best Facebook Ad Template – The Details 00:07:00
Conclusions 00:01:00
Business Cards
Introduction 00:03:00
Colorful Business card for the CEO – The essentials 00:06:00
Colorful Business card for the CEO – The details 00:06:00
Colorful Business card for the CEO – Beautiful Icons 00:07:00
What do ‘simple’ and ‘clean’ mean? 00:07:00
Personal Branding Business Card 00:07:00
Business Card Best Design Practices 00:06:00
Corporate Business Card – Foundation 00:07:00
Corporate Business Card – Icon Design 00:08:00
Design Beautiful CVs (Resumes)
CV (Curriculum Vitae) Designs in Today’s Market 00:04:00
Deciding on a CV style 00:04:00
Setting the foundation of the CV 00:07:00
Choosing a typeface – really important! 00:07:00
Rocking Typography 00:05:00
Gorgeous icons for your CV 00:06:00
Staying consistent in your design 00:05:00
Negative space in a CV design 00:06:00
Creating a timeline for your CV 00:06:00
Final Thoughts for the Clean CV Project 00:01:00
Beautiful CV Design
Creative CV Design 00:05:00
Modern Typography for a Creative CV 00:06:00
Use Freepik to make your CV stand out! 00:07:00
How to adjust vectors and add detailed icons 00:07:00
Fine-tuning the CV 00:06:00
The last 10% that makes all the differences! 00:06:00
Newsletters in today’s market 00:03:00
Newsletter styles 00:06:00
Colorful Newsletter in Mailchimp & Photoshop 00:06:00
Create a catchy newsletter hero-element in Photoshop 00:06:00
Adding extra details 00:04:00
The most important element: the CTA 00:06:00
Create effective layouts in Mailchimp 00:06:00
Inserting new content in Mailchimp 00:05:00
Balancing graphics with content 00:08:00
Design overview 00:03:00
Animated Newsletters
Animated Newsletter in Mailchimp & Photoshop 00:05:00
Create the product presentation in Photoshop 00:05:00
Animating the product presentation – Method #1 00:07:00
Animating the product presentation – Method #2 00:05:00
Create the call to action 00:04:00
Creating a gift design for the newsletter in Photoshop 00:06:00
Animating the gift box – the lid 00:05:00
Animating the gift box – the stars & text 00:05:00
Graphic Design Analysis with Chris Barin
Introduction 00:04:00
Mazda 3 Launch Ad 00:06:00
Travel Agency Templates – Good or bad? 00:06:00
Original Design versus Templates 00:07:00
Hiring People Through Beautiful Ads 00:06:00
Premium Office Building Ad – Shocking! 00:05:00
Huge Telecom Company Blunder! 00:06:00
50% for 5% 00:09:00
The reason why most designs are cluttered 00:06:00
Clichés and Stereotypes in Graphic Design 00:04:00
Printed Design: Indoor Ad Banner
Introduction 00:03:00
Everything’s about the Style Guide 00:05:00
Indoor Ad Banner: Laying things out 00:06:00
Indoor Ad Banner: Typography & Layout 00:07:00
Indoor Ad Banner: Styling 00:08:00
Indoor Banner: Final touches & Conclusions 00:05:00
Bonus: Create an indoor ad banner mockup 00:05:00
Section conclusions 00:01:00
Printed Design: Product Catalogue
Introduction 00:02:00
Set up the catalogue project in Photoshop 00:06:00
Styling the cover of the catalogue 00:08:00
Fine-tuning the cover 00:06:00
Add something extra to the cover 00:08:00
Interior page style: Typography 00:08:00
Interior page style: Layout 00:06:00
Styling large amounts of text 00:11:00
Interior pages overview 00:07:00
Conclusions 00:02:00
Logo Design
The Truth About Logo Design 00:04:00
Should you design logos as a freelancer? 00:08:00
Creating logos in Photoshop 00:06:00
The complexity behind a logo 00:04:00
Gathering information 00:06:00
Worst techniques for logo design 00:05:00
Best techniques for logo design 00:06:00
Final Thoughts
Final Thoughts 00:02:00

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