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  • 2 months later...

I self-taught myself. I've had an interest for graphics for some time now (a few years) and do it as a hobby to pass time. Mainly Photoshop now but, I did use After Effects, Premiere Pro and Cinema 4D a fair bit. I was really interested in the area so that's why I self-taught myself using YouTube videos and tutorials. It is quite difficult to get to the very high standards but, I think with a lot of dedication and effort, it could be done quite easily! 

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I self taught myself and started of graphic design at a young age, with GIMP.  I then moved onto some of the Adobe products and tutored myself using YouTube tutorials & guides and learnt by trial and error. Even to this day, I'm still making mistakes and learning new aspects of graphic design. 

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I never took any classes / lessons. I barely used any tutorials. Some day in 2009, I visited a forum regularly and people showed their graphic designs there. I felt like I wanted to be able to do that as well, so I just got PhotoShop (which I barely use anymore, by the way... Sketch all the way!) and simply kept creating things. Something that really helped me get familiar with designing / the software was replicating existing designs (I'm mostly talking about web / interface designs here, but it probably applies to more types of design). Of course, you cannot include them in your portfolio or sell them or whatsoever, but for me it was a good way to learn (if you have to look up how to achieve something specific, you really won't forget, as opposed to when you're just following a tutorial - for me, at least). Once you're familiar with the tools you use, you know what colours you can use together, the techniques you can use and what the possibilities are in regards to style, you can start creating your own original designs. 🙂

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