How to Become a Teenage Graphic Designer

What Does a Teenage Graphic Designer Do? 

As a graphic designer, you’ll be in charge of creating illustrations and images for various purposes.  It could be that someone needs a logo, a mascot created for their brand, infographics, picture editing, or some other type of image created or edited.  This is where the graphic designer steps in and turns words into an image that the customer approves of.

How Much Does a Teenage Graphic Designer Get Paid? 

As a new graphic designer, it’s likely that you’ll make somewhere between $10 to $15 per hour.  The good news about graphic design is that there is plenty of work in this space and it’s very easy to find freelance jobs once you are trained and have a good reputation.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Graphic Designer?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen graphic designer.  They absolutely must know about your plans and will likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin as a teen graphic designer, you’ll need to get software that will allow you to do your job. The industry leading software that we recommend, and practically everyone uses, is called Adobe Photoshop.  The good news about this program is that it is only $10 per month, but the bad news is there isn’t a free version available.  We suggest that you ask your parents for help with the first few payments, and then you can pay it yourself once you have some clients.
  3. Now that you’ve been given access to Photoshop, you need training. It’s likely that your middle or high school has classes that use this software, but if not then all you need to do is join Lynda.com.  They offer a free 10-day trial and you should get your parent’s permission before you start.
  4. Once you’ve joined Lynda.com, we recommend you to search the course “Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals by Deke McClelland” to get it. In this course, you’ll be able to understand the basics and intermediate skills needed to use Photoshop.
  5. Now that you have the program, and some training, it’s time to do some work for people. Go on to your social networks and ask friends, parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone else if they need any graphic design work.  The reason you’re doing this is to get experience so that when you try to work for other people, you’ll have work to show them.
  6. Once you’ve trained yourself, it’s time to start looking into part-time work. You can leverage the relationships you already have from the free work you did in step four to try to find work, or you can also use Upwork.com to find jobs.  Beyond upwork, we also recommend that you check out 99Designs.com and Fiverr.com as well.  Both of these platforms are great for graphic designers looking for work.
  7. Congrats, you’re officially a teenage graphic designer. It will take a good amount of time to really master Photoshop and your artistic skills, but if you are able to do so and stick to this as a career path. you’ll make a good living for yourself in the future.  Graphic designers make somewhere between $40,000 and $45,000 per year and if they work as a consultant for themselves, they can charge much more.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Lynda.com: This platform will teach you the skills you need to become a teen graphic designer.

    Course:
    Search "Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals by Deke McClelland" and choose the most recent course.

  • Adobe Photoshop:  This is the software required to become a teen graphic designer.  It is available in some schools and if not, it's a very low fee of $10 per month.
  • Upwork.com: This will help you find new work when you're trained as a teen graphic designer.
  • 99Designs.com:  This is another place where graphic designers can find work.
  • Fiverr.com:  This website is another website where teenage graphic designers can get new work projects.