There are a lot of great design programs to use for Graphic Design / UI & UX Design. They all have their pros and cons, and most are meant for specific purposes. So how do you know which ones to use and when to use them? Keep reading to get an overview of some of the different products we use on a regular basis!
When it comes to things like ads, image retouching/manipulation, visual effects, mockups, and creating GIFs, typically creating them in Photoshop would be your best bet. Photoshop gives creators the ability to alter images, blend them together, add overlays and effects, and create compositions. It a great all-around program to use for all types of design projects. With its ability to mockup designs with ease and greatly alter images with little to no limitation, photoshop can be a very powerful program. However, photoshop isn’t the end all be all program for every type of project.
When it comes to the vector based programs no other tool compares to Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator, unlike most other Adobe programs is not limited to pixel density. Instead, Illustrator uses “points”. Elements created in the software use “points” to allow them to be scaled up or down to any size without sacrificing quality. You will never run into an issue of scaling up your text to the point where the edges of the letters get fuzzy. Types of projects typically creating in Illustrator can include: logos, posters, ads, graphical elements, icons, typography, infographics, illustrations, and more. Illustrator is a powerful program that allow creators to design with endless possibilities.
When it comes to layout design, InDesign is the go-to. InDesign has many great features that makes creating designs with layouts extremely efficient, especially for those working on projects requiring multiple pages, such as: books, booklets, magazines, catalogs, brochures, and brand guides. With the ability to easily organize pages, utilize a master page, and create paragraph and character styles, InDesign is a super effective program to use when it comes to layout designs.
Now, last but certainly not least, web and app design. We have talked about what program we use for this type of design in the past, but today we will point you to two different programs that we recommend: Adobe XD, and of course our beloved Figma. Both programs are great for web and app designs, as they allow for easily creating and altering different frames, creating prototypes, and so much more. These programs allow the ability to create components which can greatly increase the efficiency of the design process. In addition, prototyping helps bring designs to life and are a great tools to use to help convey designs interactions of flows to clients. Regardless of which of the two programs to use, they are both the most effective for web and app design.
Of course there are many more design products out there, but our favorites are mostly from the Adobe Suite. With the extensive list of great tools and with no design limitations, and the ability to use Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries, which gives users the ability to create assets and use them universally across Adobe products. These programs will provide you with a great deal of design flexibility and can allow you to effectively continue your design endeavors!
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