software I use for My Graphic & WeB Design Biz: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
As a designer, I have used so many programs and software to create beautiful designs for my clients and for myself. Adobe Creative Suite is by far the greatest set of software that I use to create beautiful designs for my clients and for myself. The ones I use the most are Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Photoshop is great for creating raster images or graphics which can be saved as JPEG or PNG, or even PDF formats. I use Photoshop to create my web graphics like my pinterest graphics, buttons, brand style guides, and mood boards for my clients. It is also great for editing photos for stock images. I also use this software to create layouts such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube covers. If you are graphic or web designer you must have some knowledge on how to use Photoshop. if you are a just getting into designing and Adobe Creative Suite, I recommend playing around with photoshop first.
- See my video on How to Edit your Photos Using Photoshop!
Illustrator is great for creating vector images like logos or creating seamless patterns. I use illustrator mostly for creating logos and collateral graphics for my clients. It is great for optimizing and scaling your graphics and it will not be pixelated. I also use it to create line art such as shapes or letters like my logo and transfer it to Photoshop to finish the graphic I want to create. I also use Illustrator create patterns for my client's web pages.
Adobe InDesign is the best tool for desktop publishing. I use Adobe Indesign to create forms, workbooks, worksheets, e-books, and media kits / brand kits for my clients. You can export your design into a pdf or create powerpoint slides. *That is another tutorial for another day.* The great think is that you can import your images, graphics, or photos from Photoshop and Illustrator to create beautiful documents.
If you are a new designer, I highly suggest you invest in Adobe Creative Suite. The possibilities are endless on what you can create. I am super cheap, but you purchase a plan that costs up to $50/month to have access to all of the software included in Adobe Creative Suite.
Have fun creating ish!
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