Five design programs every designer shouldn’t be without!

Over the last twenty years there has been a stack of software released aimed and at graphic designers.

With so many programs on the market it can be hard to know what each one does and what the strengths and weaknesses are.

One of the main reasons I’m writing these short blog posts as I see so much bad advice given out by people who call themselves graphic designers.

Photoshop – the daddy of all graphic design programs. Used for image manipulation and photo correction and can be used some basic graphic design. That isn’t to say it can’t be used for complex graphic design it can, but there are other programs that are better handling text and page layout.

Indesign – if you are involved in producing flyers, magazines or posters this the program for you.

Adobe illustrator – this is a fantastic program for producing detailed artwork. It has a steep learning curve but once you manage to master it you will reap the rewards.

GIMP – this is the first free program I have added to this list. It does have a bit of clunky interface but is a very useful little program. Think of it as very basic photoshop.

Krita – is the last choice on my list. This is a very powerful little program that is fantastic if you are artistic. For talented users can use this program to produce fantastic artistic bits of work.