Graphic Software

Can Adobe ever be toppled?

Graphics software is not as in-demand as it once was. There is now a proliferation of sites giving away free graphics, on one hand, and all the jockeying for position in the 1990s has settled into some fairly clear choices when it comes to graphic software. On the other hand, there is increased demand, as it is now easy for amateur webmasters to learn how to create graphics for their own website.

The Graphic Software Players

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady and InDesign are probably the most highly-regarded in the graphics industry. Corels suite (Paint Shop, CorelDraw, etc.) seems to have lost the war, but they are still winning some battles. Microsoft is also in the fray; as with many Microsoft products, its Digital Image Suite gets high marks for ease of use, though graphics purists will look down their noses at it.

Macromedia is popular in professional software in this category, with Dreamweaver and its associated programs (Free Hand, etc.), but no one holds a candle to Adobe. Adobes suite is broad and deep:

  • PhotoShop allows you to alter photographs in many different ways. It gets its edge through the revolutionary addition of layers, still industry standard.
  • Illustrator is vector-based, making it more versatile for sizing your pictures (Illustrator renders no blocky images).
  • ImageReady is an add-on to PhotoShop. It can create animated gifs.
  • InDesign is a tool for publishing that allows you to layout graphics and text.
  • Pagemaker is also used for desktop publishing.
Tips for Choosing Graphic Software

There are still choices to be made when picking graphic software. At this point in history, many graphic designers already have their favorite software chosen (Adobe). Still, you may want to expand your repertoire and portfolio to include other graphic software or styles.

If you want to investigate new graphic design software, there are a few simple tips to help you choose graphic software .

  • Find out what designers in the field are using and why they are using it. You can do this by asking them or by reading forums and reviews on the internet.
  • Download demos of the software you're interested in and play around with it to find out if it does the things you want in the way you want to do them.
  • Strike a balance between budget and level of complexity required. Youll be able to save money if you buy older software but this may compromise your work.
  • You can bundle software or buy suites or other package deals, as well. When you're talking to other designers, ask them if they are interested in going in on a deal. Buying over the internet is cheaper.

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