So what do our Graphic Designers say are their favourite and Best Design Tools around?
We are in the golden age of digital design and design tools are becoming ever more important.
Some companies leading the charge in user interface and product design are Apple, Pinterest, Square, and Airbnb. What these companies have in common is that design is at the core of their business.
Over the years we’ve seen how no amount of impressive software can replace impressive individual skill, but in a competitive digital world where every artist has to fight to be the best, it’s imperative to have every possible advantage. We always need to seek more experience in new software and techniques.
So here are my top 3 Best Design Tools that will help you burst onto the scene and explore the colourful world of graphic design and these are the tools that we use here at Amica. I’ve also given my top tips for using these tools!
1. Photoshop CC
Photoshop is considered one of the leaders in photo editing software. The software allows users to manipulate, crop, resize, and correct color on digital photos.
The key questions any user will be asking about the new Adobe Photoshop CC are:
Does it do even cooler things with my images?
Does it perform better?
Is it easier to work with?
The answer to all of these questions, I’m happy to report, is a resounding Yes!
Adobe Photoshop CC improves both basic operations like cropping, along with tons of more nitty-gritty detail functions like adding dotted-lines to strokes.
In fact, the new version adds 62 percent more new features than the previous version, including a speed boost and some jaw-dropping new “content aware” tricks. Photoshop’s interface, too, gets a welcome upgrade, thanks to some trimming and clever improvements.
It has long been the choice for illustration pros, designers and anyone who wants to work with infinitely scalable vector graphics.
Illustrator remains hugely powerful, and a tool that I find reliable, fast (as long as you have a good amount of RAM) and pretty much vital!
Adobe Premiere is a video editing software package suitable for both amateur enthusiasts and professionals. It can be purchased and used alone, or alongside other applications such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The new version will make your editing easier and faster, which is surely the whole point of a video editing application?!
Here are some of my top hints and tips for using Photoshop if you are new to it: –
Learning Keyboard Shortcuts:
- V = move tool
- F – toggles through display screen modes
- Space bar = temporary hand key
- B – paintbrush tool
- D – sets the foreground/background colorss to default
- X – swaps between background and foreground color
- E – eraser tool
- S – stamp or cloning tool
- W – quick selection tool
- Ctrl+j – duplicates the selected layer
These are just few of the most regularly used Photoshop shortcuts. When you start using the program more, your knowledge of shortcuts will gradually increase. Once you are aware of the most used shortcuts your retouching pace will be faster than ever.
Magnetic Lasso Tool
This is an easy selection tool that helps you trace and outline a part of an image, and to separate it from the rest of the image in order to perform certain actions. For example, you can select and separate a product from its background.
Spot Healing Brush
If you have a spot, blemish, or a mole this tool will remove it instantly. It can also be used as a pimple remover. Just place the brush over the area you want to “fix”, (make sure the brush is a bit bigger than the blemish) and click – hey-presto! Photoshop automatically samples from around the retouched area so you really don’t need to do anything else.