Top Five Graphic Design Software

By Christopher Parker | October 2, 2016 | Default

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One of the main struggles of a budding digital artist is to find the best and most appropriate software he or she should use for his or her artwork. In line with that, we listed down the best five graphic design software for 2D graphic designing. Take note that 1 connotes entry-level while 5 means professional level for graphic design. The top five software are as follows:

  1. GIMP

Officially named as GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is the most basic among the five software listed here. That just simply means that it is best for beginning digital artists to practice on, and it can still be used for professional graphic designing projects. To briefly explain its features, GIMP can be used for digital painting, advanced manipulation, and animation. Also, the software can be extended with plug-ins and extensions to further enhance the program’s features. From all the five software in this lists, it is the most manageable one with its low required PC specifications.

  1. CorelDRAW

The Corel Corporation does have various releases on other tools and software, but this article will only focus on CorelDRAW. It is a vector graphics editor that is used mainly for 2D designing particularly for logos, posters, and tarpaulins. It can be partnered with other Corel software like Corel Photo-paint, so you can unlock its extensions through these tools. It has been in the market for 27 years and is one of the most respected software in the industry.

  1. Adobe Illustrator

This is another vector graphics editor where you can create your own logos, drawings, icons, and even complex illustrations and typographies. Photo editing can really be easy in this software because it manipulates the artwork with accuracy and does not make use of raster graphics. The Illustrator can be heavy on its requirements on PC specifications, but it will always be worth the quality of artwork.

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  1. Autodesk Sketchbook

The name of the software could be really simple, but its use is very important in the industries of architecture, engineering, product development, media, and entertainment. The Autodesk Sketchbook can be downloaded for your PC and phone, and this can be really significant in creating your artwork in and out of home. Its main features are enhanced digital drawing and painting, accurate vector transformations, customizable brush library, improved blending modes and layering, all both for 2D and 3D.

  1. Adobe Photoshop

This software is so popular that it has been a household name for graphic designers. This is like the Adobe Illustrator counterpart for raster graphics editing, and it is a very efficient one at that. But that does not mean that it cannot be used for vector graphics; it can be used even for 3D graphics and video. Plug-ins specifically for Photoshop are available to enhance and extend its features.

After mastering 2D animation and graphic design in these  types of software, you can always push your level a little higher for the more complicated 3D animation software. For example, you can opt for Animation Maya if you want to do some more 3D animation, while you can also use 3D Max for more intense graphics. Be sure to take note of their minimum and preferred PC specifications for better digital art creation experience.