Graphic designers used to have to work almost entirely by hand, with some tools to help them do their job. Nowadays, though, such designers have powerful computers and software to help them. Graphic design still takes a lot of skill, but the new tools do help a lot. As software continues to develop, designers have more capabilities at their disposal. Here’s a look at some of the capabilities modern software can offer us.
One problem that held back graphic design software in the past was poor resolution. Even the best software in years gone by could only produce highly pixelated images. This meant that traditional methods were often used over digital design techniques. Greater processing power and graphic generating hardware, however, now enables us to generate digital images with a very high degree of resolution. Images produced using the most advanced software can be just as clear and crisp as a photograph. For those that know what they are doing, design software really can be just like using a canvas.
Selecting, Removing and Manipulating
Modern design software can also now help designers to select certain parts of images with incredible accuracy. The software is even able to determine for itself where edges lie. A few simple clicks can highlight whole areas that can then be manipulated or removed.
Once selected, particular parts of images can then be changed easily with a touch of a button or dragging a mouse. Dimensions can be altered and colours adjusted in just a few moments. With previous versions of design software, such tasks would be complicated and time-consuming. Now, however, the processes are much simpler and take a fraction of the time. Not only is such software impressive in terms of the final product, it is also impressive in the amount of work it reduces.
3D and Animation
Even creating 3D images is now relatively simple. Design software is now able to automatically add perspective to 2D images to automatically create something with depth. Scanning technology can also image an object onto your screen. The image can then be manipulated according to your requirements, and your imagination.
Creating animations used to be a time-consuming process done frame by frame, but now even that process can be automated. Again, scanning technology can create images that are uploaded and then manipulated. Moving images can be scanned, creating animated images on your screen.
Use by Amateurs
High quality graphic design is still very much the domain of highly skilled experts. Still, though, modern software is making it easier for amateurs to do more than ever before. Photographs can be adjusted to remove unwanted items or unwanted photo effects. Professional looking posters and banners can be created thanks to easy to use templates. As the capabilities of the software continue to advance, so it becomes easier for amateurs to make creations that look professional.
Whether for fun, or for business, design software is now more popular than ever before, and for good reason. Pick up a copy yourself and you might find yourself amazed at what you can do