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What are some good tools for a beginner designer?

asked by moemoezz 19 December, 2015

Photoshop is a bit too complicated for me as I am just starting to learn about design. Are there any easier to use tools? What tools helped you when you first started your design journey?

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Bigheti
Bigheti
answered 2 years ago
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The GIMP is a free and cool software to do a lot things. But remember: choose a tool and explore it to be an expert.

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Ellie
Ellie
answered 2 years ago
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There are a number of tools that are great for beginner designer. They will make your design career much easier. Here are a few suggestions:
o Canva is a wonderful online graphic design tool for beginner designers. It contains plenty of images and templates that can be used to design social media pages, blogs, business cards and flyers among other things.
o DSLR Camera is another tool that every designer should have. How else are you going to get the pictures that you want to create from scratch? The camera you choose should be suitable for the kind of work you want to do, so take your time when making a selection.
o Color Wizard is another online tool that is great for designers. This site enables you to determine which color palette will work on your site. The site also has color sliders. You can use it to create new colors from scratch. Once you do that, you will be able to get the color tag of your new creations and embed them within your site's HTML. That way, you can impress your potential clients with your creativity.
o Infographics are a great way to disseminate information. You may be required to design a few of them in your career. So make use of Easel.ly to generate the infographics that your clients will love. There are plenty of templates for you to choose from.
o Google Fonts is a good tool from Google. You can use it to find trending fonts that would appeal to your customers. The fonts available are Open Source, which means they can be shared as-is or customized to suit your preferences.
o Pixlr is an image editor that's available online. You can use it to create multiple image effects and borders among other things. Available on Android and iOS.
There are plenty more tools available for designers, but these should start you off.

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Kevinsheno
Kevinsheno
answered 2 years ago
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photoshop is the best tool for all kind photo editing and best way to start graphic designing is do some small tutorials on youtube or another site,while you doing them you will get experinced and i must say adobe is the design expert for me!

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Ruslan Kyba
Ruslan Kyba
answered 2 years ago
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Hello, moemoezz! I started with Adobe Fireworks. As I'm web developer Fireworks was clear to me because it is lets say Photoshop version for web. It had everything measured in pixels so I could easily covert PSD files to perfect pixel html.
I won't suggest you to start with Gimp. Photoshop is clearly the leader on market, PSD file format is standard and GIMP and other similar editors don't support it natively.

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MD GOLAM SARWAR FUAD
MD GOLAM SARWAR FUAD
answered 2 years ago
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I'd rather advise to start with Photoshop and obviously recommend the latest version. Because you'll have some time to spend as a beginner. I don't want you to waste your time by choosing an easy software which one you'll dump after some days and that will be total waste of time behind it.

So, go for Adobe Photoshop CC. If you found your PC below the requirement, then upgrade it. For a good work spend some money and make your time useful.

Happy Designing!!

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LesleyB
LesleyB
answered 2 years ago
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There are a number of different free and open source packages you could look at.

The GIMP (Graphical Image Manipulation Program) has already been mentioned.
You might also want to look at:
Inkscape for a vector drawing package
Scribus for DTP

If you are working between the digital and paper realm, you'll need to familiarise yourself with colour profiles. I believe Photoshop provides quite a few.

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seantdj
seantdj
answered 2 years ago
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While Photoshop does take some getting used to, it is the current standard for image manipulation and designing with multiple layers. If you plan on getting serious about graphic design, you have to learn how to get used to working with layers. Try Paint.NET. It's easy to use, offers a lot of options and tools you can play with, and supports layers to get you started. Best of all, it's free.

Other options you can check out: Ultimate Paint if you want compact software that loads fast, or InkScape if you want to focus on working with vectors.

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Jamil Majid
Jamil Majid
answered 2 years ago
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you should first understand how to choose colors for designs , it is the basic for any work , you can use color.adobe.com

good luck all

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miraflorbgervac4
miraflorbgervac4
answered 4 weeks ago
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Guys, I am interested in web designing, looking for a short course for this, is it difficult? Actually I am accounting graduate, but I had completed social media management course which is fundamentals only, I've learned how to create designs on Canva, I am so happy about my designs but I am sure its not big deal to others but for me I felt happy for the longest time working on a spread sheets, account analysis etc, but this one is cool... Is it difficult to understand web designing thing? By the way I am Mira thank you

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InternetJock
InternetJock
answered 1 month ago
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Are you talking about website design or image design? If website design, this is an indirect response to your question. I am not a designer but do SEO. I have found that designers can make good looking websites but usually set them up wrong to be able to rank. If no one sees the website, it doesn't matter how good or functional it is. Good for me, keeps me in business. If you really want to grow your design business, learn some about SEO. How to properly set up page titles, page descriptions, H1tags and the like. If you want more information about this, feel free to get in touch.
Pixlr was mentioned above. I use it all the time but it has a drawback. You can't go back and edit it later like you can with Photoshop and some other programs.

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