THE TOOLS, A GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S TOOLBOX!

I have several tools in what I like to call my graphic design toolbox many of which are use to design those creative logos we love so much here at Logos and Simplicity. Let’s take a look at just a few of the important ones…

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

Photoshop Tool Image

Adobe photoshop is one of the industry leader raster graphic software which is more commonly used for editing and manipulating digital photos. Photoshop is also used by graphic / web designer to create stunning web graphics and sometimes used to design logos but not recommended. Designing a logo in photoshop does come with it’s limitations, photoshop produces raster graphic which doesn’t allow for increasing the logo in size if needed in the future.

alternative to adobe photoshop

Gimp Tool Image

There are several different alternatives to Adobe Photoshop but the one I want to focus on is GIMP…Gimp or GNU image manipulation program is an open-source software available for Linux, Windows and Mac.  Gimp has a variety of tools similar to Photoshop but the layout and functionality is quite different. Gimp is an amazing graphic design tool and who can beat the price of FREE!

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator Tool Image

Adobe Illustrator is used to create vector graphics and is the industry standard when created vector images. Designing a logo  in illustrator is a practice more commonly used and I myself recommend it. The program being vector base will give you a clean image that can be scaled up or down without losing quality which is were photoshop comes up short!

The Illustrator Alternatives

Two alternatives to adobe illustrator that I have personally used are Corel Draw and Inscape.

Corel Tool Image

Corel Draw is also a vector graphic editor and in many ways is similar to Illustrator. The software is used for photo editing, layouts, and designing websites.  The software has a simple design and just as powerful as Illustrator. It poses all the tools you are use to if you use illustrator such as the pencil, pen and shape tools. If your looking for an alternative or just want to try something other then Adobe Illustrator visit Corel’s site and download the free trial.

Inkscape Tool Image

Inscape is another open source software and you know what that mean, Yes FREE! Inscape is an SVG image editor and it also has very similar tools to illustrator. Inscape has a clean, easy to use and a appealing UI design. The software has drawing tools such as pencil, pen and calligraphy. It also has shape, text and cloning tool. Inkscape has similar tools to illustrator such as fill, stroke, transformation, paths and it’s all done in layers, sounds familiar! Since the software is free you have no excuse not to check it out and see all the software has to offer.

if you would like to understand the difference between vector and raster more please check out my post Vector Vs Raster

WHAT ELSE IS IN THE TOOLBOX

A graphic designers toolbox doesn’t only consist of software, it might contains books, hardware, a fellow designer you turn to for advise and even a list of websites you used for reference during the logo design process.

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGN TOOLBOX?

4 Comments

  1. Matthew Thomas

    May 22, 2016

    One of my biggest worries when i started an online business was how to find and/or create images for my site.

    Adobe Photoshop is an awesome tool, but definitely requires a fairly steep learning curve. I personally came across a more beginner-friendly service called Canva. I use it every now and then to create images. You can do a lot more with Photoshop, but for me it gets the job done.

    I’ve also heard great things about GIMP, and it’s free – how can you beat that? What’s the learning curve on something like that for someone with zero graphic design experience?

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      May 22, 2016

      Matthew,

      I have heard of Carva and played around with it a little. I believe it is a great tool for creating graphic for someone who doesn’t have any experience with graphic programs such as photoshop or gimp.

      Gimp is free and that’s great. However, just like Photoshop it has a steep learning curve as well and for someone coming from Photoshop it took a little time to get the hang of the UI but it’s well worth learning. Great graphic creating software!

  2. Christopher

    July 16, 2016

    As someone who’s had to make thumbnails for videos and articles in the past, I find this list of software very reliable. I can’t even count how many times I’ve used Photoshop in the past, as there have been a number of situations that required its toolset. Before I was able to afford that, however, I looked for something that I could use to create a forum signature which is when a friend recommended GIMP to me. You’re right about a lot of these, which made this a good read so good job and thanks!

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      July 17, 2016

      Thank you! They are all great design tools but there is times when you can’t afford the more common industry standard adobe and it is nice to know there are much more affordable alternatives.

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