Traditional tools such as pencils can be useful even when computers are used for finalization; a designer or art director may sketch numerous concepts as part of the creative process. Styluses can be used with tablet computers to capture hand drawings digitally. Graphic designers are expected to be proficient in software programs for image making, typography and layout. Nearly all of the popular and "industry standard" software programs used by graphic designers since the early 1990s are products of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe Photoshop a raster based program for photo editing and Adobe Illustrator a vector based program for drawing are often used in the final stage. Designers often use pre designed raster images and vector graphics in their work from online design databases. "Publish", or "Print" magazine are good places to look. They often give you an idea of what the industry is doing and where it might go. Although there may be some that make it to the industry just by talent alone, most, if not all of us I'm talking you and me here need some sort of certificate or degree to land a job as a graphic designer. Many employers won't even bother to look at you if you lack the piece of paper that shows that you have been trained and seasoned by some sort of graphic design related program. Getting a degree or certificate doesn't reflect your talent, but it does show that you have a good firm base of knowledge and you take the industry seriously. So what are your training options?There are many graphic design school program options across North America, Europe, and abroad that offers graphic design related degrees and programs.

Graphic Design Software

I’ve designed invitations and stationary for a while now on a crappy scrapbooking software I bought five years ago.