It’s safe to say that graphic design is an incredibly broad category in the field of visual design. It’s a great jumping off point for so many different subfields and creative ventures, whether it’s designing characters or textures for multimillion dollar video games or simply creating a new banner for a blog header. However, it’s also integral to real-world print products like trade show banners or promotional posters.
But what are the best ways to create these various types of print design products? What are the best programs, other types of software, or tools that a graphic designer may want to use when creating their newest print? That’s why we’re here: to help you answer those very important questions. So continue reading to learn about the three best software and tools used in print design!
1. Adobe Illustrator
If you want to use a program that is perfect for print design projects, look no further than Adobe Illustrator. It manages to balance depth with simplicity—anyone interested in creating a banner for their business should consider a program with this much versatility. With the 2014 version of Adobe Illustrator, you can do anything from modifying shape edges in real time to using a preview line to see what your newest design is going to look like before you even finish it.
You can access Adobe Illustrator through Adobe’s Creative Cloud service for a nominal fee every month as part of Adobe’s subscription service. This makes it convenient for any designer who is on the go or needs to draw up a quick design while on a work related trip.
2. A Track Pad
Have you ever tried drawing an exact line with your mouse? Even if it’s a state of the art USB mouse moving across a really even mousepad, it’s unlikely that you were using Adobe Illustrator or even a more basic program like Paint and felt satisfied with the level of fluency and exactitude that came with the mouse you were using.
That’s why a track pad with a stylus is probably the right call for anyone trying to create exact lines and edges with their print design. The Wacom brand track pads are extremely versatile and manage to allow for pinpoint accuracy with the provided stylus. They are wireless USB-friendly and manage to provide users with a fluid compatible interface on any of their visual editing software.
3. An Ergonomic Work Space
We all have different posture habits. Some of us slouch, some of us sit upright, and some of us even stand. It really depends on what works for you. However, many designers and design experts will claim that a standing desk can really do wonders for designers like them who need to stay engaged with the work that they’re doing. So maybe they’re onto something.
However, an engaged posture isn’t necessarily standing for everyone in print design. Some of us prefer to sit, which is why finding an ergonomic work space includes more than just a desk. It also includes a chair. There are many chairs out there that work for a wide variety of people, whether it’s a comfy, high backed swivel chair with lumbar support or a simple Swedish kneeling chair. Again, it is whatever works best for you.
So those are three of the main things that you will need as a print designer to have the most effective work space. Consider obtaining these and you may find yourself churning out more superb work than you know what to do with!
Sean Miller is a freelance blogger and part-time graphic designer who has been writing about technology’s influence on daily life for nearly 10 years. When he’s not working on his next printing project, he can be found at his local dojo working on his judo