Online course: Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats (part of a long term online programme: Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers)

Dates: any time

Duration: 12 hours

Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 out of 346 ratings (see top rating courses here)

Participating countries: any country

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Organizer: University of Colorado Boulder at Coursera


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  • $49 with sharable certificate

Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats

Examining and exploring the various types of images and graphic elements will be the focus of this course. We will start with color theory to distinguish between CMYK, Pantone and RGB color options and their usages. Then we will review the various types of images used in both print and digital design projects. Finally we will look at logo designs to determine what makes for the best images and graphic elements for corporate branding and imaging.

What you will learn

  • Discriminate between CMYK, Pantone and RGB color options.

  • Categorize the various kind of image files and understand their usages.

  • Recognize the ideal (and less than ideal) combination of graphics and text in logo design.




WEEK 1: 4 hours to complete

Understanding Color Theory

This module will cover color theories, including CMYK, RGB, Pantone and hex colors.

Course Introduction
Understanding Color Theory
Comparing RGB and CMYK Colors
Color Terms
Pantone Colors
Hex Colors

WEEK 2: 4 hours to complete

Classifications of Images and Graphics

This module will review common image and graphic files, including the difference between raster and vector images.

Images and Graphic Files Overview
Bitmap/Raster Images
Vector Images

WEEK 3: 4 hours to complete

Combining Images with Type

This module will cover how to convert image colors and ways to find images online. You will get to use skills learned in designing a color advertisement.

Overview of Assignment and Peer Reviewing
Converting Colors in Photoshop
Google Images

Long term online programme Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers

This online course is one of the parts of long term online programme “Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers“, provided by University of Colorado Boulder:

Name of the course Duration (hours) Score Number of ratings
Basic Elements of Design: Design Principles and Software Overview 11 4.7 574
Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats 12 4.7 378
Textual Elements of Design: Fonts, Typography, and Spacing 13 4.8 138
Print and Digital Elements of Design: Branding and User Experience 10 4.7 111