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What Tools Are Used for Graphic Design?
- Adobe software is widely used in graphic design.atmosphericreflections in a discarded computer monitor image by Steve Johnson from Fotolia.com
While many tools are available to graphic designers, the most popular software is made by Adobe. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign provide a comprehensive toolbox for any graphic designer. They are all compatible, and exporting files from one program to another is easy to do.
- Adobe Photoshop is graphic editing software that allows the user to edit existing images using a wide variety of tools and features. Photoshop is popularly used in advertising, promotion and fashion photography for photo re-touching. Photoshop allows the user to edit multiple photos, change colors, lights, sizes and completely transform a boring photo into an award-winning print. Many photographers use Photoshop to touch up their images after using color correction, balancing and filters. Designers also use Photoshop to create original images, although many graphic designers prefer to use Illustrator for that purpose.
- Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphic editor program. Vector images are high quality images that are not constrained to a particular size or resolution and can be enlarged without a loss of quality. Illustrator allows users to create original graphic images in both 2D and 3D using diverse tools, brushes and pallets. The options for Illustrator are limited only by the designer's imagination and skill with the program. This is the software that most industry designers use to create original graphics and animations.
- Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing tool that does more than other traditional desktop publishing applications. Designers often use InDesign to create billboard designs, posters, brochures, catalogs, fliers and promotional material, magazines, books and reports. Designers can use it to create multi-graphic layouts and design templates for publications, with outputs in both digital and print media. InDesign offers users its own word processor based on the Adobe InCopy Platform and is widely used in the publishing industry. Those designers who do not use InDesign usually use a competing program, QuarkXpress.