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  • Why do graphic designers only use two tools: Photoshop and Illustrator?

    Posted by Birup Sekh on March 12, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Why do graphic designers only use two tools: Photoshop and Illustrator?

    Rana Hushen replied 6 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Swagat Sekh

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    March 12, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Those are definitely not the only programs designers use but they are very common programs. For me, every place I’ve interned and worked, the company used Adobe products. To be safe, I’d recommend knowing how to use Illustrator and InDesign.

    Photoshop is not as common a program for designers (in my experience). I use Photoshop mainly for photo retouching and other adjustments to pictures but I never use it for design purposes.

    My personal favorite is Illustrator, especially since Illustrious produces vector based graphics versus Photoshop, which creates raster images.

    There are other programs out there that do similar things. Affinity Design seems a decent program and runs similarly to Illustrator so if you got a job where they use Illustrator you’d probably be able to learn it quickly. Still, I’d recommend learning Illustrator.

  • Rana Hushen

    Member
    March 12, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Original Question: Why do graphic designers only use two tools: Photoshop and Illustrator?

    Your question contains a huge assumption which is not entirely correct.

    I use many more tools than just Photoshop and Illustrator. Some of them aren’t even software. (No, really.)

    Here are some of the software tools I have used in the first two days of this week:

    • Photoshop and Illustrator (because they are the premier applications for raster and vector artwork, respectively)
    • Pages (because graphic design is pictures and words)
    • Google Docs and Sheets (because they make it easy for a widely distributed team to collaborate on text documents and spreadsheets)
    • Audacity (along with screen captures, because I needed graphics of very specific waveforms)
    • Font Book (because fonts need to be managed)
    • Sublime Text (because sometimes I write code too)
    • Safari and Chrome (because browsers are tools too)

    And here are some of the hardware tools I have used in the first two days of this week:

    • Pencil, Pen, and Paper (because they are still the most immediate, most tactile, and highest resolution)
    • Digital Camera (because I don’t have a scanner, and needed to get Pencil, Pen, and Paper into Photoshop)
    • My Bicycle (because a ride at lunch time calms my mind and often jogs loose some solutions to design problems when I’m not concentrating on them, which means my bike is a productivity tool)