How Can I Improve my Graphic Design Skills as a Beginner?

By Kathleen Burns , Apr 3 2014

While many graphic designers work for a company, in 2010 nearly 30% were freelancers. It’s a job that you can do in your own home, making it one of the top careers in the world and all the programs you need are available for you to buy online. It might have been different in the past, but these days, the majority of people who want to become graphic designers are already using home computers to create their art.

Graphic design is more than drawing illustrations in Photoshop, and if you pay attention, you will see it is in every place you look. A few of your career options are working in advertising, publishing, public relations, media, industrial design, and a range of other industries. You can choose to design websites, ads, movies, book covers, stationary, video games, and product packaging too.

“Everyone has to start somewhere.”

It’s a matter of fact that to build your design skills, you need a solid base of knowledge to improve. Most graphic designers have attended art or design school to further their careers, and upon graduating, they have a foundation to build on with new skills they learn post-school. But if you are starting from scratch, and although it is a difficult path, you don’t necessarily need to get a degree in graphic design to pursue it as your chosen job field.

The following infographic will help you build new skills and get further as a graphic designer.

Infographic - Graphic Design skills as a beginner

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Kathleen is a New Jersey blogger with an interest in brand design and a passion for graphic design, illustration, and social media. She loves to deliver inspiration to others to give them the means to achieve their branding and design goals.


7 thoughts on “How Can I Improve my Graphic Design Skills as a Beginner?

  1. Muhammad shafiq says:



    I am student of graphic designing.
    can you help or important your knowledge.

    my email:



    1. Janil Jean says:

      Hi Muhammad, We are happy you’ve landed on this blog. Browse around and you will find tons of graphic design tips, tutorials and resources. Also if you are looking for inspiration to go our main site and check out contests for future participation. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Amit Dutta says:

    Mam, I am a graphic designer. I know photoshop CS6, Corel Draw X7, Illustrator etc. Can u help me how to improve my career. Pls send me some tips.

    1. Janil Jean says:

      Hi Amit,

      1. You can start off by looking at the career path you want to pursue. Check out here:
      2. Then see what skills are required.
      3. See what kind of jobs or internship are available for your chosen career, and apply for it.
      4. Pursue and do not give up.

      And if you want to start right away, sign up with ZillionDesigns here:

      Good luck! 🙂

  3. Uma Sethi says:

    Hi, can you please suggest me how can I improve my way of working.. like m very good at photoshop and illustrator.. I can design anything with ease if you give me anything to make or to adopt a design but when it comes to a sudden project or a kind of project which I am doing for the first time I cant even think of how to start that.. I want to increase my thinking ability towards designing.. how can I think of different ideas, different layouts quickly… please advice.. 🙁

    1. Rehan says:

      Same Problem I have…

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