Category Archives: Design Software

Adobe Illustrator versus CorelDraw

Several people have posted comments on this site asking about the differences between Adobe¬†Illustrator and CorelDraw, wondering which one is better. Now you can have your answer… or, rather, answers.
Neither one emerges as the absolute winner, since it truly does depend on your needs and the types of features you like. And people loyal to [...]

Graphic Design Software - Part II

With so many toys on the market for the graphic design student or professional designer, one post wasn’t enough.¬†¬† Let’s take a look at other new, free, or simply awesome software available for download.
WizFlow Flowcharter
For your corporate clients in need of presentation help, WizFlow can be your best friend. The newly released software helps the [...]

Graphic Design Software - Part I

Toys! This week we are taking a look at some of the most popular software on the market for the graphic design community.
Primo PDF
Over 17 million users are taking advantage of this software that transforms just about any file imaginable into a PDF. Ranked #1 in PDF software by CNET, this free technology features a [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part II

More 3D for Fun and FunctionIn our last article we presented some nifty examples of what you can do with Photoshop in creating your own 3D objects. There are literally thousands of PS objects that you can download from the Internet, but the process of making your own Photoshop 3D items is not only fun [...]

What Employers Are Looking For In Graphic Designers - Part I

What You Need To Qualify
To land a job as a graphic designer you need the skill sets and talent necessary to fill the job requirements.
There are two types of skill set categories employers are looking for when hiring a graphic designer. In the following three part series we’ll delve into what these qualities are and [...]

Free Trial Software From Adobe - Part I

The Trials at Adobe
No, we’re not talking about law here; we’re speaking about the numerous free trials that Adobe makes available to the public. The people at Adobe produce many software applications that are used by graphic designers, artists, illustrators, media professionals, web designers, and writers.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to test drive many of these [...]

Quick and Easy Logos, Clip Art, and Graphics

Graphic designers are collectors of tools. It can be clip art, vector graphics, illustrations, fonts, or website apps. All these little tidbits create a nice library of things that can be used in projects or work.
Freebies Aren’t Always Free
One thing that you’ll always see on the Internet are the so-called free graphics tools.
The problem is [...]

Web-Based Photo Editors: Fast, Fun, and Mostly Free

It may seem odd but using a web-based photo editor is sometimes perferable to firing up Photoshop or some other computer software based photo editor. These little gems are easy to use, fast, and come in a variety of configurations.
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Some of the programs are surprisingly full-featured, while others do really simple tasks such as [...]

GIMP Resources Part 2 - Ultimate List of GIMP Sites, Plugins, Tutorials Oh My!

This is Part 2 of our GIMP Resources Articles. We have put together a huge list of online GIMP resource sites such as GIMP Tutorial Directories, GIMP Brushes, GIMP Color Palettes, GIMP Gradients, GIMP Patterns & Textures, GIMP Podcasts & Blogs, GIMP Communities, GIMP Forums, GIMP Art Galleries, and GIMP Plugins & Scripts.

List of Vector Conversion Software - 30+ Tools to Turn Photos into Line Art and Illustrations

I love Vector Magic, a free online vectorization tool. It is a really cool browser-based tool that can be used to turn a photograph into an illustration. It doesn’t always succeed in getting that look that you might be looking for, but it does a pretty good job. I usually just use it to play around with photos to see what Vector Magic can do with it, but it also can be very useful if you want to convert a photo into an illustration. I started to wonder how many other vectorization tools and software packages there were out there and I was surprised to find out that there are a ton o them. Basically, most of these tools turn Raster / Bitmap / Photo Images into Line Art / Illustrations / Vector Art.

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