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Purchase the eBook ONLY (Download) – ($49.99 CAD, Appx $36 USD)

eBook + Video Based Training (Download) – ($99.99 CAD, Appx $75 USD)

eBook + Videos + Callig. Review Service (DL) – ($199.99 CAD, Appx $150 USD)



For the Calligraphy Review Service all you need is a camera or scanner, and ability to send your images through the internet (e.g. email).  It is as easy as taking a photo with your mobile phone and sending it.  I then review and comment on your work.




This above course was created with open source software – GIMP for image manipulation, Inkscape for all diagrams and exemplars and Scribus for desktop publishing.  Amazing software tools that work great together!



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Do you want to improve your digital art designs?  As a designer you have a split second to attract someone to your product, as it is competing with so many others.  Or maybe this is for internal use such as business presentations? And you want people to buy into your ideas.  Or maybe you just really enjoy digital arts as hobby and want to make the best of that?  This course can help you with that and more!

Digital Arts + Design Master Class (eBook ONLY) ($29.99 CAD)

Digital Arts + Design Master Class (eBook + Video Based Training) ($59.99 CAD)

This digital download is available using PayPal or Credit Card.  I process most orders in less than an hour during normal business hours. Give yourself the edge over other designers!


  • 20 universal design concepts that will give you an edge over other designers
  • 14 designer tips: quick things that you can do to get immediate results
  • 20 different digital effects tutorials to help draw attention to your works and
  • 15 design studies, from the perspective of a designer (project goals, outcomes, design process and more)
  • Running Time: 4 hrs 20 min
  • Language: English
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9 Widescreen
  • File Format: HD, 25 Files, Approx 3.86 GB
  • Course eBook: 122 Page Interactive PDF, plus Hi-Res Version
  • Special Features: Making of Wild Horses Design Study (43 Page PDF), Mural Design Ideas PDF, Designer Type Sample, Templates and Exemplars with voice walk through

NOTE TO SCHOOLS: Site licenses for the above course is completely FREE to non-private schools.  Teachers, simply purchase one copy and make it available to your students.  I would like to promote the teaching of open source software in schools.  Site licenses for businesses are available upon request.





Desktop Publishing Course - CD Jacket WallpaperScribus ( is very similar to Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and MS Publisher, but Scribus is free, open source and available to anyone around the world. Learn desktop publishing using free and open source Scribus to create business cards, brochures, flyers, full size posters, newsletters, magazine publications, and even books.  Personally, I use Scribus to create GIMP Magazine, several brochures, certificates, calendars, design proposals business cards and several other professional looking documents.  And all 134 pages of this course was authored using Scribus in addition to all screens used in the video production.

Desktop Publishing Course ($49.99 CAD)


  • RUNNING TIME: 5hr 51min of step-by-step video tutorials with voice instruction
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PLATFORM: Windows, Mac and Linux
  • ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 widescreen
  • COURSE INDEX: 40-page interactive PDF including table of contents, resources, definitions, index and more
  • VIDEOS: 32 instructional videos
  • EXERCISES: 19 exercise and four demonstration folders, approximately 100 files, totalling roughly 300 MB
  • COURSE NOTES: 94-page printable course notes PDF, plus an interactive PDF format
  • SUPPORT: Basic email/Skype support provided
  • UPDATES: Course updates provided as digital download.  This includes minor updates and you will be notified by email with a digital download link of any updates, new exercises etc. And this is included in the cost of the course purchase.
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Steve Czajka, the managing editor for GIMP Magazine, provides a review of self-publishing an international magazine. This review covers the major steps to start up a magazine, build a following via social media, and provide amazing content. Steve shares the publishing workflow procedures that GIMP Magazine utilizes for each issue of the publication, typography style guides and several design considerations to creating a clean and appealing magazine layout. Check out Steve’s design portfolio at

NOTE TO SCHOOLS: Site licenses for the above course is completely FREE to non-private schools.  Teachers, simply purchase one copy and make it available to your students.  I would like to promote the teaching of open source software in schools.  Site licenses for businesses are available upon request.




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Designed for Photographers, Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Artists, Digital Artists and the like who want to learn GIMP and Inkscape software along with online portfolio solutions.

Digital Arts Course ($39.99 CAD)


  • RUNNING TIME: Approx 5hr 27min of step by step video tutorials with voice instruction
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PLATFORM: Windows, Mac and Linux
  • ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 Widescreen
  • FILE FORMAT: HD 720 WMV, Approx 2.5 GB
  • DEMONSTRATION FILES: 15, totalling Approx 176 MB
  • PRESENTATION SLIDES: 100+ in PDF Screen and Print formats
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Six Exclusive Digital Arts Examples explained by Steve Czajka using a Master Class format. Steve has been performing freelance graphic arts and calligraphy since 1980 and is the Managing Editor for GIMP Magazine.  Click Here to view Steve’s digital art portfolio.

NOTE TO SCHOOLS: Site licenses for the above course is completely FREE to non-private schools.  Teachers, simply purchase one copy and make it available to your students.  I would like to promote the teaching of open source software in schools.  Site licenses for businesses are available upon request.




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Calligraphy & Lettering Materials Video Based Training Course ($39.99 CAD)

Want to get started with Calligraphy & Lettering, but are confused about the materials?  Make your calligraphy stand out by using the best materials that you can commonly purchase.  Steve Czajka spends approximately 50 minutes in this video based training course reviewing calligraphy pens, and other writing tools, brushes, speciality inks, paints, mediums, papers and the best combinations of each.  Steve shows how to load speciality inks into a pilot parallel calligraphy pen.  Steve also shows how to care for different materials.   This course is included in the Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering Course.


  • Running Time:  50 min Approx
  • Language: English
  • Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux & More
  • File Format:  HD Video 1920×1080 MP4, 35 Files Approx 1.2GB total – Quick Time, VLC, AVC, Default Android player and more




15 thoughts on “Courses

  1. Hi, is there a calligraphy course that’s something like “intro to calligraphy” and you learn the history, background and techniques of all the different types? Thanks.

  2. Hello Toronto!!
    what a magnificent guild you have ! I am looking for a correspondence course, would there be any instruction from the Toronto Guild for such a thing?
    Steve, would you consider the GOTHIC class as a correspondence?
    or if anyone else is offering a particular hand?

    • Thanks Kate! The Gothic course is primarily a live course. Calligraphy is best taught in a live setting. But having said that I recognize that this is not always possible. As a result I have been considering offering a series of on-line courses similar to some previous courses I created ( These are doing quite well, and I would like to create new courses for authentic hand done calligraphy teachings.

      What you would get with my new offering of online course would be:
      -course notes
      -video based lessons (from end to end) that one could watch on TV, Laptop, tablet or even phone
      -exemplars (that you could print)

      I would also like to offer a skype based service as well as a review service. A student could send me a set of sample work (hardcopy or via dropbox) and I would review and comment on that work. I am still sorting this out. I also have to determine what kind of demand there would be. I am considering a kickstarter or similar service to seek funding in advance. Preparing an online course is a massive amount of work from research, to shooting video, to writing, editing and production. I have created a full outline, but before I go to the next step I would need to secure funding somehow.

      I am planning on selling the Gothic Course Notes / Exemplars and offer a review service. Kate, does that help?


      • Hi Steve!
        Wow…your enthusiasm is contagious!!
        YES, I would be happy to purchase the course notes and exemplars for the Gothic course!! fabulous! please send me an amount (in US $ ?) and where to send it. I am waiting in line to hear of the opportunity for the online class….
        SKYPE! great idea!
        would prepaying for the online course be helpful for initial financing?
        ok…looking for how I can support your efforts…please keep me posted.
        thank you for responding.

  3. Hi Steve,
    I too am interested in the Gothic calligraphy course via correspondence. Your course plans for reviewing online sound great! Could you please also let me know when this is offered? Thanks and much appreciate your flexibility for us.


  4. Hi I’m interested in taking a calligraphy course this July. If somebody could please let me know about any happening or about to start.

    • Hi, the next courses to run start in the fall (late September or early October) typically. You can take the online Gothic course that comes with a calligraphy review service.


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  7. Scribus’ course is very, very nice. Although I did learn a lot on Scribus on my own this course gave me the edge I was missing and clarified many points.

    Looking forward to start the Digital Arts Course now as I want to get a decent grasp on GIMP and on InkScape!

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