Thanks for stopping by again folks. Today’s topic is computer software with a focus on the best available for the creative market. It’s a brand that has excelled in all areas of the design world and steals the limelight away from the competition every single time. They offer high-end cutting edge tools for graphic designers, web designers, photographers, movie editors and just about every creative professional. If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m talking about Adobe, and what’s known as their ‘creative suite’.
At this point I would highly recommend getting your hands on this software, watching a few online tutorials and getting stuck in, it can be highly addictive after all. You don’t have to spend too much either: there are some amazing deals online at the moment. The best I’ve found so far is: http://www.canada.for-sale.com/adobe-software-mac . Have a look and see what you think.
It’s important to keep in mind that Adobe products are designed to provide the creative individual maximum flexibility and capability for any project they choose to work on. The digital design world is more popular now than it ever has been and fortunately, though not surprisingly, Adobe have kept up with the fast pace of every increasing demand nor new features.
I’ve been a designer myself, albeit a very average one, for almost two years and I know categorically that I’m still chipping away at the tip of the iceberg. I’ve learned so much and have developed my skills and understanding so much over these past two years that I’m only just starting to realize the sheer magnitude of just how little I actually know. That’s frightening and exciting all at the same time though.
For anyone new to design, programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are a bit daunting when you open your first document. That’s because the hundreds of tools, controls and settings are literally crammed into the perimeter of your screen, giving you full access to all of them at any given time. Ironically, Adobe have made it incredibly simple, but to the novice user it can be somewhat overwhelming. From creating a logo, a flyer, business cards, invites, menus or digital designs for websites or graphics for animation, Adobe has it all covered. The success for any budding designer, is not necessarily to know how to actually use these professional programs per se, but to have a good understanding of exactly what it is they wish to achieve, and a basic understanding of how creative computer software actually works.
You must have seen countless images of people’s heads on other people’s bodies, or images of people sat on a dinosaur roaming about on the moon. This is basically achieved by using Adobe Photoshop, though examples like this merely hint at just what is achievable.
Essentially a very advanced image manipulation program, Photoshop is generally responsible for all the funny memes and hilariously put together images you often see floating about on Facebook. When I say image, what I’m really talking about is something called a raster image, which is a large collection of individual pixels (and their associated data). When you take a photo with your smartphone for example, and zoom in as far you as you possibly can, you’ll see that it is made up of tiny little squares (pixels). So imagine then trying to edit those pictures to make a sign read something different, or to change the colour of a car, or to remove a person from a photograph. The very notion of that to the novice, would seem like an impossibility. That’s the beauty of Photoshop: by selecting the right tool and using it in the right way, literally anything is possible.
You’ve probably also noticed then that if you take a relatively small jpeg image and try to print it as an A3 or A4 sized picture, that it’ll probably look awful. It will become ridiculously pixelated and will lose every bit of quality it had when it was on the screen. That’s because printing to a large size is the hard copy equivalent of zooming in on your computer screen. This is where Adobe Illustrator comes in handy.
Illustrator works in a completely different way altogether. There are no pixels in Illustrator. Every thing is digitally traced, drawn or created using one of the many tools on offer. Every single graphic created on your art board is represented as a vector shape. Vectors are created using mathematical equations and once grouped and finished can be manipulated with the use of colour, effects and all kinds of wonderful enhancements. They can also be re-sized to any scale without loss of quality, so if you create a logo for your business start up for example, you could have it printed to fit the side of your house if you wanted to. Vectors simply do not lose quality, as they are not made up of pixels.
Thanks for stopping by folks, until next time..