Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    OPM/Moderator Hectic GHC's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 13th, 2006
    Location
    Roswell, GA
    Posts
    2,643
    Graphic Design courses
    I have someone asking me what course/seminar they should take to learn how to build html emails and web banners. I'm not a designer so i have no clue.

    Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop? And do the two-day seminars at local universities work?

    Thanks.
    Greg Hoffman
    Affiliate Marketing Advocate of the Year 2016; Best OPM/Agency - 2014; Best OPM/Agency, Five Years in a Row - ABestWeb.
    Visit Greg Hoffman Consulting

  2. #2
    http and a telephoto
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    17,708
    Adobe actually has a whole site dedicated to tutorials: adobe.tv and there are a lot of sites with tutorials. Specifically for html emails and web banners, I don't think there are any. Dreamweaver would be good for creating the emails, so tutorials on how to use that would be good.

    Classes at a local university will teach the basics, probably not the specifics of email and ad banners, those are more marketing based. So there are 2 parts, learn the technical part, then learn the marketing part.
    Deborah Carney
    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

  3. #3
    The "other" left wing davidh's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    3,492
    There are plenty of tutorials online to learn just about every imaginable technique or effect. "Classroom Courses" can only teach what can be covered in the several hours time spent on them.... very little.
    Last edited by davidh; August 29th, 2010 at 08:39 PM.
    CUSTOM BANNERS by GRAPHICS CANDY ~ Banner Sets and Website Graphics ~ Professional design, reasonable rates
    DESIGNER DOG CHECKS ~ We double-dog dare ya to write one!

  4. #4
    Outsourced Program Manager Ross Yamashita's Avatar
    Join Date
    March 29th, 2010
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts
    52
    Very good points by Loxly and David. The one benefit you do get from attending a live seminar/class is that you can ask specific questions - granted the instructor is knowledgeable in the area.

    Start with the online classes and then perhaps, if there are still questions, think of taking something to "tie" it all together.

  5. #5
    ABW Ambassador JoyUnltd's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 19th, 2005
    Location
    Emerald City
    Posts
    2,019
    You didn't mention the end use: does this person want to create emails for their own biz or for others? Do they have any design background? Understand color impact? Choosing appropriate graphics? Understand how to create appealing headlines/content?

    This may well not be taught in such a course & is essential. Nuts & bolts of structure aren't enough. Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop...very expensive programs, usually used by pros who earn their bread & butter. Extensive testing in different browsers/email clients is probably the most time-consuming aspect of this process.

    Web banners can be created with Paint Box Pro (cheap) or even with Gimp (open source image editing program). If this person wants to do create html emails for their own biz, a cheaper shortcut that cuts the learning curve could be to use Mailchimp, Vertical Response or any other email service that provides either free or a trial use. Create different email campaigns, send them to self, study the html behind them. Their email templates have been tried and tested.

    As davidh & loxly said, there's tons of free info online. Just make sure that the info is recent & not from 2005. And as Ross pointed out...the instructor may not be knowledeable in this area, especially as this is a specific niche use of the above programs. It's not what is taught, it's all the exceptions to the rules.
    Renée
    Pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. -Wizardress of Oz

  6. #6
    Affiliate Manager
    Join Date
    November 2nd, 2010
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    32
    Very true! Experience, combined with a knack for a particular skill, go a long way toward a quality product or service. Although I can make graphics, I would prefer to have them done professionally by someone who is better at design and understands affiliate marketing.

    You are invited to contact me to discuss my current project needs.



    Quote Originally Posted by davidh View Post
    There are plenty of tutorials online to learn just about every imaginable technique or effect. "Classroom Courses" can only teach what can be covered in the several hours time spent on them.... very little.

  7. #7
    Newbie zire's Avatar
    Join Date
    November 10th, 2010
    Posts
    40
    Their a lot of good books with great lessons you can get last years book for cheap off of Amazon or even go to the library.

    Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator are expensive Gimp is the free one most people use.

    A lot of people can pick up the basics of graphic design fast but it usually takes a while to get good and make stuff look professional. If banners and ads look like an amateur made them it might not give people the warm feeling to click them and pull out the credit card.
    Last edited by zire; November 10th, 2010 at 01:30 PM. Reason: spelling

  8. #8
    Master of Design AlexBet's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    1,364
    Adobe Academy is a good place to start. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks are the tools that you would use to create the graphics for web pages. Adobe Dreamweaver is the tool that you use to put web pages together. All of these are my personal favorite, i.e. Adobe as a company is my favorite, right up there with Apple. Dreamweaver is really good at what t does, but if you want to be a pro, you haver to get dirty and start hand coding so have have total control of your pages, which Dreamwever can not do 100% for you, even though it is the best tool for that.
    Alex
    AlexBet.com - Professional Website Design, Website Development, Mobile App Development!


    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"
    Benjamin Franklin

  9. #9
    Newbie
    Join Date
    February 4th, 2014
    Posts
    2
    You can use inline declarations for important styles and declare them in style tags. You can use table tags for multi-column layout. And then test your email in multiple standalone and web based clients.You can search it on Google.

  10. Newsletter Signup

Closed Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Graphic design posts
    By CanadianDave in forum Midnight Cafe'
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: June 5th, 2006, 02:29 PM
  2. Flash/Graphic Design Barter for Traffic Building Help
    By Julius in forum Midnight Cafe'
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 9th, 2005, 03:07 PM
  3. Web and graphic design for less!
    By AlexBet in forum Midnight Cafe'
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: December 16th, 2001, 06:49 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •