Best Graphic Design Software For Beginners
Choosing the best graphic design software can be a daunting task if you are just starting out. Luckily, there are many options available based on your budget and requirements. Read on to find the best graphic design software for beginners, as well as the industry-standard software you will need to learn if you want to kickstart your new creative career.
Raster, Vector or Publishing?
There are three main tools used in graphic design. Firstly, raster image manipulation tools allow you to edit images. Secondly, vector tools are used to create scalable lines and shapes. Thirdly, publishing software is typically used to create printed documents. Most graphic designers specialise in raster and vector but it can be very helpful to know all three. However, it all depends on your interests and the type of artwork you want to create. Here are some case use examples of each type of software:
Raster Image Manipulation
- Digital artwork
- Photo editing
- Combining images or graphics
- Adding elements to an existing image
- Cutting images to have a transparent background
Vector Graphic Programmes
- Digital artwork
- Logo design
- Typography design
- 3D rendering
- Vehicle decals
- Publishing/ book design
- Interactive PDFs
Adobe is King
Adobe is the market leader in graphic design software and has millions of users worldwide. From video editing, website design, website development, animation and more. Adobe offers the most up to date software with consistent improvements to help you get on with your work in the most effective way. That being said, Adobe rarely offers discounts and requires a costly monthly subscription that is not always affordable for those starting out in the industry.
Free Alternatives to Adobe
Thankfully, there are some alternative programmes to Adobe that can help. For raster image manipulation we recommend trying GIMP or Canva, for vector-based designs or publishing try Figma or Inkscape.
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