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Taking Your Design Work to the Next Level (Free Video Lesson + Our First Video Course Release)

Do you know the basic tools in Photoshop, but feel that your work still looks average?

Do you aspire to create work like the design masters you look up to?

Do you want to take your work from average to awesome, but don’t know how?

These issues are far too common, and the annoying thing is that most designers feel that world-class work is out of their reach.

The truth is, you already have all the tools you need to create incredible work. What’s lacking is creative direction, and that’s exactly what I give you in our first ever video course, available at FanExtra.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking with our readers, sending out surveys and planning which course would help you the most. You answered in your hundreds, and there was an overwhelming demand for this specific course.

This course is different from any other I’ve seen. Most design courses are far too vague, and generally target beginners. This course is specifically for the intermediate Photoshop user, who knows all the basics, but needs to bridge the gap to superb work.

I’ve included the first two lessons from the course (there are 14 lessons total) to get you started. If you’re serious about leveling up your design work, then I would love for you to join us at FanExtra.


Useful Links Mentioned in the Video:

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A Course Overview:

Here’s an overview of the course:

I’m so excited to share this with you, and I want it to have a big impact upon your design work. Hundreds of you asked for this specific course in our recent surveys. I listened, and built you the best course that I could.

Do you feel that you know all the basic tools in Photoshop, but despite this your work still looks average? Do you want to achieve top level work, like the design masters you follow?

This course is here to bridge that gap, and take your design work to the next level.

My name’s Tom Ross, and I’m the instructor for this course. As founder of the FanExtra network my tutorials have been seen by millions of creatives, and I’ve had work published in top design magazines such as Advanced Photoshop. I’ve also acted as creative director at FanExtra, so regularly advise our team of talented authors how to improve their work and give you guys awesome tutorials.

All of this experience has helped me to understand what the world’s best digital artist’s are really doing. That’s exactly what I share in this course.

I tell you the specific actionable steps to elevate your design work, and highlight what you shouldn’t be doing.

By the end of this course you should have the specific steps to start producing work of a much better quality. I want you to create work that you’re truly proud of. Work that gets a ‘wow!’ reaction from your audience, and that you actually want to show off.

As part of this course, I’ve even included a real-life casestudy, where I directed one of our top authors, and helped their original composition evolve into what is one of our best ever tutorial outcomes.


Please Leave a Comment Below:

If you found the above lesson helpful, and have any questions about the course (or design) then please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you and I’m always here to help with your own design struggles.

About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. Angela says:

    I am looking forward to learning all the great things that your lessons have to offer. Focusing on more interesting and eye catching websites or designs that appeal to the audience and members as well as the owner/s without having to get sidetracked by a lot of decorative styles that really have nothing to do with the site at all.

    I have always been one to look at my work and think the client will like all the animations and styles and all the flashy decorative things I added to their pages for that WOW effect.
    When all this time I should be thinking about the audience,the client and the story and what it is that a certain site is offering. As well as finding it easy to navigate within the site without all that fancy eye blinding way to much animation. Little is more is what I hear
    My clients best interest is what I try to live up to,but not 100 percent.. More structured crisper and less boring designs is what I think your lessons will teach me!

    I am buckling down and after taking these lessons I know I will be coming out with some much needed eye opening knowledge of what it is like to be a much better Graphic Designer.
    Are you sure there are no Magic Ninja’s with special powers??
    Darn! Haha.
    Thanks PSD and congrats on the first video lesson!!
    ~Angela Dixon~

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for commenting Angela.

      I really hope this course helps you. It certainly focuses on what’s important, not all the flowery decorative stuff that isn’t really the answer to leveling up your work.

      As these early lessons demonstrate, it’s crucial to have a goal in mind for each piece, and plan it effectively. Once you start doing this, the rest with happen more naturally.

      I’m afraid there aren’t any magic ninjas haha! :) Just practice, and following the key principles in this course.

      Btw, I had a look over your portfolio. Your work shows a lot of promise, but I think this course should definitely help it to progress. Also, please remember all our members get personal tuition from me whenever they need. This means if you’re struggling with anything, or would like an in depth critique of your work, you just need to shoot me an email.

  2. Mireille D says:

    Congratulations Tom for setting up your video project.
    Unfortunately, I can not enjoy it without translation into French.
    Will you continue to put Tutorials written?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Mireille! I want this course to be the go-to resource for designer’s looking to improve their work drastically.

      I’m afraid we don’t have plans for translations of the entire course. However, as a member you’ll be able to download the course notes, which give you a simple version of everything covered in the course. Whilst it may not be as in depth, entertaining or motivating, it should still give you all the important points you need and exercises you should do to start improving your work.

      I hope this helps!

  3. Victoria K says:

    Your intro was really fun to watch, interesting, engaging – and funny too (your bio is a hoot; I literally laughed out loud). Why are you so awesome and generous?! (What a weird question!)

    I feel like I just struck gold. My hope is that as I grow as an artist and designer I will be able to ‘pay it forward’ in ways that I haven’t yet realized or been able to.

    Very much looking forward to checking out the course and, the site, and your tutorials. Thank you!!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks a lot Victoria! I’m so glad you enjoyed the intro videos for this course, and thanks for the kind words :) .

      The design community was built on sharing knowledge, and this site is my way to give back what I can. I’m so glad you joined our community, and I’m sure you’ll learn a lot to help you develop your creative skills!

  4. iman says:

    that’s greaaaaaaat!!!!!

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