Lo and Behold! If you are a newbie graphic designer looking for a head-start in the digital industry, here are some of the tools you need to lay your hands on.
When you are kicking off your career as a graphic designer, one of the greatest outlays you might encounter is the equipment. Here are some essential gears to keep in your graphic armory.
True! Your creativity matters more for getting success in the industry, but these tools are the investment you won’t regret.
1. Right software:
Adobe’s Creative Cloud is the first name that comes to one’s minds when picking up the right graphic designing software. Adobe is that hub of designing tools, a competitor of which is hard to find. Its graphic design software suite blends technology and art vision together in one dynamic suite.
Presently, the latest version in the market is Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design. The standard package comes with six separate applications – Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Bridge, Acrobat X, and Media Encoder – every one of them is specified for a different design task. Having these software in your system can help you create literally anything on the virtual grounds. Since, quality is never free; an individual designer can enjoy the whole adobe suite at £50 per month (minimum).
Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo are other great options when your work purely centers upon vector design (custom logo designs, illustrations, stationeries and so on) and/or photo-editing/image manipulation. These tools are of £50 each, with no monthly subscription fees or update charges.
2. Operating system
To run the software of your choice seamlessly, you need a suitable computer. Graphic designers usually prefer the Apple’s Mac, but the landscape has been changing and industry is experiencing a growing number of Windows supporters too especially after the launch of Microsoft’s Surface. The Surface line seems to be crafted particularly for designers.
Besides, many designers are gamers or video editors that makes it evident for them to customize their hardware, but customization or upgradation is not that simple with Mac. Windows computers also offer high-performance specs at considerably lesser cost than that of Mac.
3. Graphics tablet
You cannot rely on a mouse when your art piece requires the natural flow of your hand. This is where Wacom tablet rears a helping hand. A Wacom tablet or Interactive Pen Display can make a clear difference when it comes to creating your design and illustration work. Your hand can move from point to point in a single go rather than needing repeated slides, as with your standard mouse.
By and large, the Intuos Pro tablet rules the Wacom’s professional line. Cintiq, the best in the line model, enables its users to draw on an HD screen directly. But the device can break your bank as its prices start from $999.
4. Calibrated monitor
Nothing can be more frustrating than getting your handwork in utterly different hues at output than on screen. Color accuracy is much needed for a graphic designer; you can calibrate your monitor manually, but having a specialized device for the task can simplify things. One such device is the Datacolor Spyder 5 Pro. You can hang this tool on your monitor to create a unique and desired color profile by tweaking the monitor’s brightness level as per your room’s lighting.
5. A Feature-rich Smartphone
You may not want a latest, fairly-priced smartphone for daily design chores, but when you have to deal with clients, respond urgently to their emails or need to view visuals while commuting, a smartphone with a big, vibrant screen—supporting all communication features can be a lifesaver. The iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel XL and Samsung’s S7 Edge are some really good options to consider.
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