Graphic Design

Photoshop • Illustrator • Indesign

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Discover the programs that will bring your designs to life! Creative and stunning concepts will remain in your mind – unless you know the tools and techniques that will draw them out of your head and into real life.

Whether for print or screen, gorgeous designs begin here.

Master these essential programs, and build a basic foundation in design.

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Instructor: Malkie Scholnick

Design mentor: Shanie Cooper
Shanie Cooper is a graphic designer with over 18 years of experience in the industry, both teaching and designing. She specializes in book design, and has worked with many publishers and self-published authors, including Menucha Publishers, Flashlight Press, Feldheim, Israel Bookshop, Judaica Press, Ktav, Jewish Self-Publishing, Urim, and more.

Format: Online or via USB

Time investment per week: 6-8 hours

This course is for you if:

  • You love creative work
  • You want comprehensive training in the design programs
  • Each class includes tests and assignments to ensure that you’ve truly mastered the material.
  • View actual projects designed by past students. Looking forward to having yours here too!


We touch on:

  • Design principles
  • Typography
  • Color theory
  • Advertising
  • Postcard & brochure design
  • Packaging design
  • Logo design
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Basic preparation for print

Course topics include:

  • Color correction
  • Photo retouching
  • Collaging
  • Advanced selections
  • Layers
  • Patterns
  • Masks
  • Type effects
  • Paths
  • Special filters
  • Automation
  • Animation

Course topics include:

  • Drawing
  • Typography
  • Shape combination
  • Special effects
  • Layers
  • Patterns
  • Blends
  • Custom color
  • Invitations
  • Logo creation
  • Packaging concepts

Course topics include:

  • Advanced text layout
  • Graphics manipulation
  • Drawing tools
  • Color creation
  • Styles
  • Master pages
  • Multiple pages
  • Justification
  • Cool effects
  • Automation


  • 12 months of amazing phone/email support
  • Comprehensive video feedback on 15+ projects
  • 1 year of access to our super-clear video lessons
  • Our proven Flexibility + Accountability system to help you stay on track
  • Basic design portfolio creation

And even after your graduate:

  • Job leads to jumpstart your career
  • Access to exclusive monthly LIVE Design Power Series – keep current on what’s trending in design, marketing, and business!
  • Membership to our student Slack community – connect with your fellow students!
  • Early access to Power Your Edge audio series – interviews with frum industry experts!


Total investment: $1699

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Average beginning rate: 
    • $25/hour, freelance
    • $18-$20/hour, in-house

Typical positions include:

  • Freelance: be your own boss
  • In-house: assist the design team in one company
  • Print Shop: assist the production staff at a print shop
  • Publishing: work on the layout staff at a newspaper, magazine, or publisher
  • Agency: collaborate with the creative team at a marketing or ad agency

During the course...

Flexibility with Accountability


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…and long after it ends!​

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(Not the kitchen sink, but everything else. 🙂

Here’s the short answer: Essentials is like an ice cream taster; the Masterclass is like a triple scoop sundae. 🙂

Now let’s elaborate...

Graphic Design Essentials covers Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as basic design principles. It’s a great option for someone who’s considering graphic design but would rather dip a toe in first to see if it’s a good fit. 

Graphic Design Masterclass includes the Essentials course material PLUS a much deeper dive into design (think: 12 lessons per design topic vs. one lesson on that topic in Essentials). The Masterclass includes a thorough grounding in business setup, management and marketing. 

The Essentials can be taken as a standalone course, but most students choose to continue on to the Masterclass. We’ve designed the two courses so that the Masterclass can easily be added on to the Essentials course without tedious overlap, resulting in one cohesive design course. 

Basically, in the Masterclass you learn exponentially more – and your skills at graduation will reflect that. The Masterclass training will give you the training you need to enter the field on a solid footing and earn significantly more from the start.

As long as you’re very comfortable using a computer, you’re good. We’ll teach you the specific design programs as part of the course.

You’ll need the Adobe CC student subscription (available here). This subscription includes all the programs you’ll learn during the course.

Each lesson is delivered in a video recording where you’ll hear the instructor talk while you view what she’s doing on her screen. You can pause, rewind and rewatch. (You can even watch at double speed in the online version, though we don’t recommend that. 😊)

The lessons come with files (also included on the USB drive) so you can try out the skills on your own.

Most lessons have homework assignments. These are design projects similar to those a graphic designer might create as part of her job. These projects help you practice what you’ve learned, and you’ll even have a chance to work with real clients.

If you have any questions during the course you can always reach us via phone or email during our tech support hours.

You’ll have access to the course videos for two years.


We have two packages so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Online Package: You’ll receive your course login information by email within 24-48 business hours of registering. Your student portal will contain:

  • all course outline booklets
  • instructions and videos
  • lesson files 
PLUS contact information for any questions; we’re here for you all the way.

USB Package: Your course materials are packed into our signature stylish folder, including:
  • A course outline booklet describing what we’ll cover in each lesson along, with that lesson’s homework assignment.
  • A QuickStart guide which walks you through the process of getting started with the course. (Of course if you have any questions you can contact us!)
  • Your USB drive, which contains all of the course videos, design videos, and all files discussed during the lessons so that you can follow along on your own computer. You’ll also find a bonus section with lots of free downloaded images you can use in your projects, plus many beautiful free fonts.

You need a computer with (at least):

  • I5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • USB drive
  • Mouse (not just a trackpad)
  • 15-inch screen
  • The ability to play audio and videos

We also recommend email or internet access if you plan to send in your projects for comments

For the USB package you will need a Windows computer, since the video files we send aren’t compatible with other models. (Sorry! You can still watch the videos online and get all other files by USB.)

It depends.

No – really. It depends on how intensely you schedule yourself. The course could take you anywhere from 5 months to a year. It can even be done faster, depending on how intensely you pace yourself. Most students complete 1-2 lessons with projects per week.

When you sign up we’ll work with you to create a personalized schedule that will fit your life and needs.

Glad you asked. 🙂 Support is one of the hallmarks of The Bold Edge courses. We believe in being there for any questions you have. The Graphic Design Essentials includes a FULL year of support and project feedback. (OK, that’s not really accurate. We actually answer our graduates’ questions way after they finish the course, too!)

Essentials graduates are proficient in the Creative Suite programs and are well positioned to develop their design skills further, whether through on-the-job training or by continuing on in our Masterclass program.

We also support you during the course–and are there for your questions you have on the job, so you feel fully confident all the time!

You’ll have thorough knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, plus an understanding of key design principles. You’ll also have a basic portfolio of designs you’ve created during the course, PLUS a valuable course certificate from The Bold Edge.

Not sure if you should go all in? Take a test drive with our popular Photocreative course. Walk away with an enjoyable and useful skill...or take it further and join the Essentials course. The lower price point makes it the perfect first step into the exciting world of graphic design.

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Everything is so well explained
It’s really cool to learn how everything is done. The videos are so clear and concise, and everything is so well explained. The classes are interesting, and I really enjoyed learning the programs.

Yachit Tiefenbrun, London

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