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What to Expect from Your Logo Designer

What to Expect from Your Logo Designer

I recently had my website designed, and my new logo created for my company. I would like to use it, but my printer can’t use the file he gave me! I just got business cards printed from it, but they didn’t look good. I don’t know what to do.
A frustrated business owner recently came to me with this problem. I told him to calm down, I can redraw the logo in a program where he can use it, and it will always look professional. He was relieved, but didn’t like the idea of having to pay for the logo – AGAIN. It has been my personal experience that it is easy to get the wrong type of art when you purchase a logo design. IThis was not the first business owner that came to me with this exact problem. Beware – the Internet Designer!! They design for the web. This is not a bad thing, they have some really cool programs and will build you an awesome website. But when it comes to your logo, you may want to create a brochure, or business cards, or a banner for a show. You will either have to live with a pixilated and unprofessional logo, or pay someone else to fix it for you. (You know when you look at a printed piece and the edges should be clean lines but come out fuzzy, or jagged – that is pixilated)
~Don’t be afraid to ask questions~
What I aim to do is arm you with basic knowledge about graphic lingo, files types and what you should ask for from your designer.
~It is always a good idea to get multiple formats on disk from your designer~
This allows you the freedom to use your logo in different software and applications. It also allows you to give printers the format that they need. This will save you time, and above all, setup charges when you go to utilize your logo for print.
Raster vs. Vector
When your logois initially designed it may have lots of flare, and be visually stimulating; eyecatching. Your logo can have fancy drop shadows (a shadow of the image projected on the page behind it to add depth) and pretty gradients (gradual fade from one color to another) and look amazing. But, this logo may not be useful for every project.
Example: Your company wants to use the logo for a brochure, but the budget only allows for a one color print. When the brochure is printed your company’s logo looks jagged and spotty.
Example 2: Your company wants to take out a telephone directory ad and the colors are red and black. You do not have the option to add red to your logo, and when it prints it looks fuzzy.
You need to begin with clean lines and no frills! So, when you hire your designer, be sure to tell them that you need the logo initially designed in a VECTOR based program.
~Be strong! This is important!~
What that means is that your logo or artwork is made up of mathematical lines and points that tell the computer where to draw the lines.
What that means to you is that your logo can be resized, re-colored, and changed to fit any project at any time without compromising the integrity of the art. You will have those clean lines at any size!
If it is not vector, it is considered a raster image. Those gradients and drop shadows mentioned , they are usually created in a RASTER based program. Raster images are photos.
What that means is that pixels and dots make up these images.
What that means to you is that you cannot go as big as you want with it, and you cannot have your graphics person or printer change the colors on a whim.
Vector Programs and file extensions:
Adobe Illustrator .ai
Macromedia Freehand .fh? (7,8,9,10… version number)
Corel Draw .cdr
.eps – (encapsulated postscript) virtually any artist, or print shop can open and save this kind of file with any of the programs listed. This is usually a sign that you are getting VECTOR art. However, raster images can also be saved with this extension. That does not make them Vector!!
.pdf – (portable document format) not all that portable. Not even a little bit changeable to the common printer. Can be vector – but usually not. (it is all in how they created and saved the file.)
Only after the initial design phase, if you want gradients, drop shadows, or a beveled edge (a way to give a shape three dimensional depth) have the artist add these elements. If they say they design in PhotoShop, be wary. This is a raster based program, and the artwork can only scale so large before it begins to look bad (pixilated).
Computer formats for the final design
Vector: (necessary)
.eps – Have them save this to an older version, to be sure more printers can use the file.
Parent Program – whatever program the vector art was initially designed in.
Raster: (totally optional)
.jpg (.jpeg may not work on your computer) Get a one color and a full color jpg in two sizes, a large and a small one.
.bmp (bitmap) Ask for a black and white bitmap at a high resolution (1800 dpi). There is no white background – so it is more versatile than a jpeg. This is created from your one color logo Vector art.
.gif (optional) with transparent background for web use
.tif (tagged image format) This can be the full color logo. Ask for this in CMYK for printing projects.
.psd (PhotoShop Document, they may use Corel Photo-Paint) This is the program most widely used for the fancy FILTERS, (gradients, bevels, drop shadows…) If they use this program, get an UN-FLATTENED file. It will take up tons of memory, so just get it on disk. This is also for printing projects. It is especially useful if your printer needs to change something.
If you bought a car and the salesman offered to install a CD player for $200, or you could go to a store, buy the same stereo, and pay another company to install it for $500 – what would you do? Everyone wants to save money and hassle down the road. Ask for the logo in vector first and have an open discussion about your options.

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Ways to Create Icons

Ways to Create Icons

Icons play a very important role in a product – both in software and in websites. Looking at them, the user gets an idea not only about the application, but also about the company that develops it. High-quality icons allow you to have an advantage over your competitors on the software market.

Each software developer tries to make its software clearer for the user. Various means are used for that: tooltips, graphical elements, sound effects and other things that can explain the user what this or that feature in the application is for. In this article we will dwell upon icons – small graphical items as some of the most important elements in software and site development.

It is worth taking a look at the software evolution because it is easy to notice at once that it is not the last place that the interface occupies in software. Any company engaged in the development of applications and sites tries to win users’ appreciation not only by the functionality, but also by the beauty of their products. To create an attractive image, they employ designers or use the services of third-party companies specializing particularly in graphics. One of these companies is Aha-Soft, which has taken its place on the market of creating graphical elements. Let us take a look at software products and graphical elements developed by this company.

There are several ways to create icons that can help the user to learn and use a software product:

1. Creating icons in ArtIcons Pro
2. Automatically creating icons out of images in Any to Icon
3. Using professional graphics tools: Corel Draw, PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, 3dMax
4. Searching the Internet for free icons
5. Searching Windows for icons with ArtIcons Pro as well
6. Ordering icons from designers
7. Buying ready-made icons at www.777icons.com

The first variant is convenient for those companies who have a designer on their payroll who can create icons specifically for their application. Usually, a professional in this field has a narrow specialization and makes items for advertising purposes, site templates, etc. But he may be completely unable to create icons.

Creating images in Any to Icon implies that you already have future icons, but they are in some other format (jpg, bmp, gif, png, etc.). This variant is bad only because it is not always that you have images at hand that could be converted.

Using professional graphics tools is a good way out only if you know them perfectly. After you create an image, you have to convert it into the *.ico format. To do it, you should use special software. Any to Icon is one of such programs. Nevertheless, you will have to edit the image because a large image loses its definition and, therefore, its beauty when it gets reduced.

Of course, you can use a wide choice of free icons easy to find on the Internet, but this way has several considerable disadvantages.

1. These icons are publicly available and, therefore, you lose the uniqueness of your application if you use them. And your project will look not quite the way you thought of it. Besides, publicly available icons should not be used in a commercial product since it should have its exclusive uniqueness and style, which is achieved by both its functionality and its design.
2. Despite the fact that there are a lot of free icons on the Internet, it is rather difficult to find images in one style that suit the purpose of the product.
3. Most icons available on the Internet are in the style of Windows 98 and earlier versions of this operating system. Taking into account that most users nowadays use Windows XP and some of them already use Windows Vista, such a product will look out-to-date, which may result in losing potential users.

Searching Windows for icons with ArtIcons Pro will give you virtually the same results as a search on the Internet, except for the quantity – the choice on the Internet is much wider.

It is a good decision to order graphics for your product from professional designers. In this case, the product will have its uniqueness, which users like so much. You can discuss all aspects and peculiarities with the designer, which will result in high-quality and absolutely individual icons that are 100% not used in other products. However, this way always has one considerable minus: the terms often get dragged out since it is extremely difficult to take into account all wishes of a customer.

Buying ready-made icons differs from ordering them from a designer in several aspects:

1. You can choose those icons that suit your application best and, if you would like to make any changes, you will have to hire a designer and thus spend more. Besides, different developers can buy ready-made icons and you lose the uniqueness of your project.
2. You save a lot of material means because you contact a designer whom you have to explain what exactly you need.

This article shows you various ways of getting a nice software design pleasant for the user and helping to understand what this or that feature is for. Icons can be used not only in the application itself, but also as an icon for files whose extension is associated with this application.

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Various Ways of Printing Posters

Various Ways of Printing Posters

There are so many ways of printing posters, just choose the one that you deem is much easier for you.

Using Photoshop

The steps involved are quite simple to follow and anybody can do it. The first thing to do is to find and then open the Adobe Photoshop application. Then Open from the file menu. Choose your file and then click Open. If ever you want to resize your image, bear in mind that any changes made in the physical size of your image will have a direct effect on its file size. The larger the physical size, the larger the file size and a large file size takes quite a while to process. What you can do is to print at a resolution of 150 dpi. The reason for this is that, even if you choose a much higher resolution it will only be deemed useless since additional data from a higher resolution is usually ignored by the printer. Then don’t forget to use RGB color mode. If you’re already satisfied with the size of your image then you may save your file.

To save your file you have to choose Save As from the file menu in which a dialog box will appear prompting you to type a descriptive name for your file. Be sure to select Photoshop EPS as your format however if ever the Photoshop option is dimmed then you ought to click Cancel and then check if your image has been flattened. Afterwards, choose a directory and then click Save. To print your saved file, you may just open an on-screen preview and then print away.

Using PowerPoint

The first step is to set the page setup size to 8.5”x11” or A4 or you may choose to use the custom 36”x48” or the 50”x56”. However, the generally used page size is the 36”x48”. The second step is to set your page to either landscape of portrait bearing in mind that the poster is capable of 50” wide printing.

The tables and text should be created in PowerPoint and should never be cut and pasted from other window applications. Then place all of your texts and pictures in a slide which will be printed to become your poster later on. However, you have to use very small font sizes if you want to include every text on the page. You may use the Zoom function to see what you have typed that is of course if you use the small page sizes but if you have chosen to use the custom page size (36”x48”) then you may view it at a 100%. This will display how your poster will come out. And another thing, avoid using dark backgrounds on your posters since it will only make your poster susceptible to scratches and then make fingerprints more obvious. Then save your work on a 3.5” diskette or Zip 100 or 250 mega disk or CD or you may save it on a USB Flash Drive.

Using Illustrator

There is a need for you to create your poster to actual size. You may make use of Document Set-Up 42xN or 36xN. To view the actual size of your poster you may choose 100%, this way you can verify the resolution as well as the quality of your poster. Then don’t forget to make use of RGB color mode for that vibrant color of your poster. In order not to have any problem with your font, make use of only the cross platform system fonts either Arial or Times New Roman, two of the most reliable fonts.

Likewise, ensure that you bitmap images are scanned to a high enough resolution of 150 dpi. Any resolution much higher than 150 dpi will only result to excessive file size and will just be ignored by the printer.

Refrain from using solid black or dark backgrounds since it make the surface of your poster prone to scratches and make fingerprints more visible. Then Save-As as EPS but be very careful not to insert any special fonts or you may Export your file as a Tiff rasterizing the image to a 150 dpi.

Using Canvas

Just like the rest of the poster printing methods, canvassing requires for you to create your poster to actual size. To do this you have to Layout/Document setup 42xN or 36xN. Then view your file at 100% to verify the resolution plus the quality. Then make use of only system fonts either Arial or Times New Roman. Make certain that the bitmap images contained in your file are scanned to a resolution of 150 dpi. Then as usual refrain from using dark backgrounds. You may save your file as Tiff rasterized at 150 dpi or you may also save it as an EPS file as long as you don’t have any problems with your fonts.

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Accessory Computer

Accessory Computer

A home away from home is a great thing, so why not have an office away from the office too?The spare room or a quiet corner can be a perfect place for productivity. To outfit your workspace, you might need to invest in some new hardware like a second computer, a bigger monitor or a high-quality printer. Once you’ve got your home computer set-up, you’ll need to connect it to the Internet or network it to other computers and peripherals in the house. With a good grasp of the facts and a firm idea of your work habits, you’ll be ready to make sensible choices for your home-made office.

• The Computer. Not everyone needs the same level of performance in a home office computer. You might use your computer primarily for word processing and email which requires little processing power. On the other hand, you may want more power to run database analysis, large spreadsheets or graphics applications. The type of work you do and your work load will determine whether you need a computer with a lot of brawn or just a little.

• Processor. A computer’s processor or central processing Unit (CPU) is the engine that powers the device. The speed of the processor is called the clock speed which measures how fast the processor can carry out instructions. Speed is measured in MegaHertz (MHz) and is one measure of a computer’s power. A typical home office Windows PC should have at minimum a 500 MHz processor. A power user would probably prefer 800 MHz or higher. If you know your computing needs are modest, and you want to save some money, an older machine with a slower processor is worth considering. When looking at an Apple Macintosh, keep in mind that you can’t simply compare processor speeds with Windows machines, as the two types of computers have different system designs. Macs generally have lower processor speeds in MHz but don’t let that fool you. Newer Macs like the iMac can definitely keep pace with PCs.

• Random Access Memory (RAM). When the computer is turned on, RAM is used to hold the operating system, applications and data that you’re currently running. Information in RAM is rapidly available to the processor. When RAM fills up, the computer slows down because it now has to retrieve information from the slower hard drive. Imagine documents on your desk in front of you, readily at hand when you need them. But when your desktop is full, you have to file and retrieve documents elsewhere, which takes more time. The amount of RAM you need is influenced by the type of applications you use. Graphics programs like Adobe PhotoShop or Illustrator use a fair bit of memory. Word processing and spreadsheet programs use somewhat less memory. Users who like to multi-task and prefer having multiple applications running simultaneously will definitely want plenty of memory. More memory gives you a larger “workspace” and makes your computer perform faster with fewer glitches. A typical user needs at least 64 MB of RAM with 128 MB becoming the norm. In virtually all computers, you can expand the memory as you need more.

• Hard Drive. This is the computer’s filing cabinet where all your applications and data are permanently stored. Most users can fit many years of productivity into a 6 to 10 GB hard drive. If you need to store a lot of information like several years of business records or image catalogues, then you may want a more spacious hard drive. Luckily, a bigger hard drive won’t cost you that much extra. Alternately, you could invest in a removable storage drive.

• Expansion. It never hurts to get a system with room to grow, especially if you foresee your home office needs evolving. Find out how many RAM slots a system has and what the maximum amount of RAM is. Adding expansion cards to your system for 3D graphics or ethernet will increase the functionality of your computer. Look for a system with two or three free expansion slots and room for additional disk drives.

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Michigan Multimedia: The Makers of Professional Presentations

Michigan Multimedia: The Makers of Professional Presentations

Most people have gone through a lecture or two or even a couple of presentations, as an audience or as the facilitator. Preparedness is the most necessary tool in giving out successful presentations. You could have the most convincing aura yet when the materials you used to present your message are substandard, then everything goes down the drain.

When it comes to lectures, lessons, or presentations, certain teaching aids are really essential. In the olden times, everything had to be done manually. That world is no longer existent. Today, thanks to dominant tools and gadgetries, multimedia presentation is now the ‘in’ thing to execute.

Michigan Multimedia ensures each and every client that poster presentations are as striking as the research itself. The posters they create are based on the files that are sent in by their clients. The file types that they prefer are Illustrator or Adobe Acrobat Pdf files. Posters are then printed on first-class stock (this can be coated bond or high gloss).

Michigan Multimedia also respects the power of visual imaging. And at this company, photography is a major asset. With photographs, any web project, printing job, video or presentation suddenly becomes a strong tool. There are staffs that were trained specifically in photography that could shoot in any given environment, whether that is outdoors, formal events, the operating room or even product shots.

The company also has interactive services. They believe that there are many ways that messages can be delivered to people. A certain project that has audio and animation would stand out among a group of presentations with just boring texts to show. Presentations can be shown in visuals, audios, or interactive means.

Procedures such as sound editing, voice over, animation, presentations on interactive slides, soundtracks, musical scoring and even procedure animations are parts of the interactive services offered by Michigan Multimedia.

When it comes to their video services, they do not only focus on footages of operation or patient education for presentations but also script writing, studio work, duplication, editing (post-production), location shooting, lighting, story conception, also project estimation and planning. They get down and dirty with all the necessary work to make every presentation worth the audience’s time.

With several years to boast, and a profound understanding of visuals, technical stuff and contents for communications online, they also excel in making the necessary web solutions to any need. Their web services include: the development of multimedia, design and redesign of sites, brand online extension, editing and copywriting, information architecture, system integration, database development, content management systems, newsletter and email campaigns, project management, and optimization of search engines.

Although this is a world of technological advancement, it’s sometimes necessary to still use solutions that are paper-based. There are some presentations that have to be printed in brochures or other support materials. Since this is still being used, their services such as—identity development, brochures, awards and certificates, booklets, flyers, and all other support stuff for video and web projects—are still profitable.

We have gone a long way from the time that everything is done by hand. Nowadays, you can simply click on the mouse and you would have instant access to templates and other materials that you could use to make your presentation the best that you have ever done to date.

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Monogram Napkins: Personalize Your Wedding or Party

Monogram Napkins: Personalize Your Wedding or Party

Monograms are an easy way to add a personal touch to many objects. Clothing, for example, can have your initials embroidered in the chest or the back. You can also add a monogram to stationery supplies. They’re perfect for sending out letters to loved ones or for invitations to formal gatherings.

These designs aren’t just for paper or clothing either. If you really want to spruce up your upcoming wedding or add to your restaurant, you might want to look into monogram napkins. That’s right, monogram napkins. You can add your own unique logo or other design to napkins.

Monogram napkins are a classy way to add a special touch to your social gatherings and events. By creating a monogram design and placing it on your napkins, guests will be in awe of your excellent taste. It will make people feel like they’re at a five-star restaurant or an exquisite hotel. Of course, the monogram towels aren’t included.

Before you can actually purchase your own customized monogram napkins, you first have to design the monogram. It may seem like a lot of work, but it’s easier than it sounds. With the help of Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, you can create a graphical monogram to your liking.

It’ll turn out even better if you have access and the ability to use software such as Adobe Illustrator. You can also ask an artistically inclined friend to help you with your creative vision. And if all else fails, you can pick and choose from the wide selection of designs that a store is sure to have.

Once you have completed your design, all that’s left is to send it to someone who can add your monogram to napkins. This would involve seeking out a wedding accessories store or an equivalent of sorts. You can do this by looking around malls or asking any of your friends if they know of such places. The internet is also a good place to shop around if you can find a discount.

So, what kind of monogram napkins can you expect to find? Well, they are only limited by design, either your own or the place you’re buying them from. Napkins come in a variety of colors and shapes. If those standard white square napkins don’t match your theme, you can look for a blue napkin with a rectangular shape. The options are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment with the right look.

Being personalized items, monogram napkins don’t come cheap. You’re looking at an average of $25 per 100 napkins. Yes, it’s a small price to pay for that extra feeling of elegance and class. It’s not too steep though, especially if you handled your money carefully. There is usually a price drop if you order more napkins.

Don’t leave out any details on the next social event you plan to host. If you want to impress your guests with minimal effort, try adding a personalized touch to your napkins. A simple monogram design can go a long way.

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The Future Of Digital Art Schools

The Future Of Digital Art Schools

Digital technology has opened up great opportunities not only for the printing industry but also for art schools. Digital technology has improved tremendously the way art is created. It has made designing an easier job. Some of the world’s greatest works of art are easily reproduced having the same degree of vibrancy of colors and crispness as the originals.

Digital technology has removed the boundaries. There are now boundless opportunities for fine arts, fashion, computer arts, graphic design or motion pictures and video, all with the use of excellent cutting-edge techniques and professional training.

The United States of America is actually in the forefront of the digital arts revolution and provides solutions to the ever-expanding entertainment industry that requires the creation of a new and advance technology, coupled with some creative concepts and fresh talent. The spectacular successes of special effects films are due to the undying and relentless creativity, as well as effort, of various types of artists who come from diverse disciplines. These contributions have made the United States of America, and especially California, take the lead in the digital arts realm.

There are various programs that are offered in various types of digital art schools but all have one goal, and that is to deliver convincing digital art works that can rival any type of traditional printing. These are made possible by the use of new equipment. Since the industry is continuously changing, there is a big demand for investing in new technologies.

Internships, as well as work experience and job placement, are equally important factors to consider when deciding on a school. Some digital arts school also assist graduates with job placement through recruitment drives, portfolio reviews, and workshops.

A career in digital arts/graphic designing after digital arts school

A career in digital arts or graphic designing is more a marrying of art and commerce than it is one or the other. Graphic designers make use of a variety of prints, electronic and film media, in order to come up with designs that meet their client’s needs. A graphic designer makes use of Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Illustrator and/or Macromedia Fireworks, Flash, and Freehand to create the overall layout design for magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and any other type of publication that requires professional designing.

These types of projects usually involve the use of vector images that can be easily manipulated. Graphic designers also play important roles in creating promotional displays, outdoors advertising, as well as some marketing tools for various types of businesses. Graphic designers are the ones who design effective and unique company logos and signs that help promote businesses.

Likewise, more and more graphic designers all over the world are developing materials for the web. These types of graphic designers are called web designers, which is one of the fastest growing career fields. Other designers combine working with the web and also working with traditional media.

Lastly, graphic designers are responsible for providing our homes and business with creativity that inspire and persuade us.

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How To Make Your Own Font

How To Make Your Own Font

If you’ve always thought your handwriting is so much better than the many fonts out there, then maybe it’s time you made your mark: literally. Creating your own font isn’t as hard as it seems—all you need is a pen, a paper, a little program-know-how, and a comprehensible penmanship.
Oh, and Macromedia’s Fontographer and Adobe Illustrator.
1.) Write down the alphabet. If you have a WACOM or any other drawing tablet, then you can just doodle right on to Photoshop or whatever photo editing software you have. If you don’t have one, then a pen and paper will do—plus a scanner. Scan it using the highest resolution possible, so you’ll get a pretty accurate scribble for your font.
2.) Edit it. If you think your penmanship is perfect the way it is, noise and all, then skip this part. But if you think it needs a little more work, go ahead and clean it up using Photoshop or whatever photo editing software you use. Now you’ll have to save each letter as an individual file.
3.) Open Fontographer. This is where your font comes to life. Go to the File menu and choose “new font”. Double click on letter “A”, and a window will pop up. It’s time to get busy.
4.) Cut and paste, edit if you like. Copy the letter “A” that you have in Photoshop or whatever program you used, and paste it in the Fontographer window. This is the “guide” for your font—it’s not actually a font yet. Now select “Outline” from the layers menu, then click on “Auto Trace” from the Element menu. This lets Fontographer trace the edges of your font for you. Twiddle with the settings on Auto Trace to achieve your desired tracing effect. If Auto Trace didn’t seem to do such a good job at certain corners, you can always correct it. Use the arrow tool to edit points. This takes practice to master, so be patient.
5.) Hint, hint. Bring up the Kerning dialogue to preview your font. Now that your letter “A” is born, you might want to make its widths and locations uniform. This is where “Hinting” comes in play. Selecting lines to make measurements uniform will greatly help make it look more professional. Click on the “Hint” on the layers panel and mark lines on the horizontal and vertical stems (do this when you’re done editing the points on your font).
6.) Christen your baby. You’re almost ready to generate your font. Highlight your alphabet and make sure to hit Correct Path Direction, to punch holes through the R’s, O’s, D’s, and so on. Under the Metrics menu, select Auto Kern. Then comes the fun part: under the Element menu, select Font Info, then General, then type in the name of your font. When you’re done, generate the font by going to the File menu and clicking on Generating Font Files.

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Graphic Design Training — Enhancing Your Computer Graphic Design Skills

Graphic Design Training — Enhancing Your Computer Graphic Design Skills

Graphic designers nowadays require not only creative abilities, but also some understanding of other graphic design-related areas such as computer graphic design.

During the 80’s, the advent of desktop publishing and of design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Fireworks, put the power and versatility of the computer at graphic designers’ fingertips. Designers for the first time were easily able to manipulate images and create 3D images using the computer. Computers are now considered to be an indispensable tool in the graphic design industry, though some traditional graphic designers may still prefer to use manual and traditional tools for their creative endeavors.

With modern graphic design concepts and methodologies always changing, graphic designers need to continually advance their knowledge of different graphic design techniques, innovations and graphic design software packages. At present, the basic instructions in graphic designing cannot guarantee for a competitive product anymore without the use of high technology, so that the demand for highly skilled graphic designers is higher than ever.

To become a computer graphic designer, the basic requirements include good creative abilities, good computers skills, and good communication skills.

Computer graphic design helps graphic designers complete their tasks faster and easier. They can effortlessly translate ideas into visual imagery, save it onto their computers and edit it whenever alterations are necessary.

There are great many benefits if you undergo computer graphic design training geared towards arming you with a wider range of cutting edge graphic design skills. Having computer design training also means a greater choice of employment. Computer graphic design skills are in great demand in such sectors as:

1. Advertising agencies – You can use your newly acquired graphic design skills to design appealing and eye-catching advertisements for different media.

2. Web design companies – Help design appealing web pages.

3. Design studios – Apply your design skills to photo editing such as editing the contrast and the brightness of colors on the photos.

4. Publishing houses – Perform layout design and editing tasks. Publications usually follow a distribution schedule; so make sure you are able to meet deadlines.

5. Corporate advertising departments – Design professional corporate ads.

6. TV and film companies – out of all the other jobs, this is where a graphic designer is most suited as it requires a comprehensive application of the designer’s skill and ability, especially if working on animation films.

Your computer graphic design training will open new doors for you into a world of greater opportunities. Your computer design knowledge, combined with your dedication and commitment, will surely help you reach your goal.

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Graphic Design Software

Graphic Design Software

Back in the day, anyone who could freehand sketch and come up with original ideas was pretty much guaranteed a graphic design job if they wanted it. The technology was limited to printing, so art school graduates were the ones who got the graphic designer careers. It is amazing how much things have changed since then. Nowadays, it is all about knowing your way around the graphic design software. Almost every graphic designer I know is extremely computer literate, and the highest paid ones know how to program in flash and html as well. If you want to get anywhere, you had better learn the technological aspects of it.

There are many different options for graphic designers, but a few programs have really become industry standards. If you want to get into it, you have to be willing to shell out the dough. The free graphic design software is not usually top of the line. You have to use programs like Adobe Illustrator, and those programs cost money.

Not that they are not worth it. Every time I look at the new range of graphic design software, I am blown away. Only ten years ago, the serious software for graphic designers had to be run on special, high power workstations which cost a small fortune each. Nowadays, however, all that is over. Almost any graphics intensive application can be easily run on a home computer. Three dimensional rendering, light and shadow effects, and all of the other trappings of realism are within the range of anyone who wants to shell out a few hundred buck for a good graphic design suite.

Of course, if you are just tinkering around, don’t throw your money at graphic design software yet. There are plenty of free software trial versions available of all the most popular programs, so you can check out basically anything for free. It is not a bad idea to get a few different trial programs to start with even if you are a professional graphic designer. Just because everyone else uses a certain program does not mean that it is the best choice for you. Only by seeing what the competition has to offer can you really make a decision about the best professional design software. And all of the tools are so much fun to play with that previewing programs is a treat more than a toy. Every time you look, someone has come out with a cool new effect.