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Best Software for Graphic Design

July 28, 2014 | by Dale | category Graphic Design, Tools

Adobe-Illustrator-CS5-Free-Download-ScreenShotsIn the world of graphic design, the tools you use are as important as the work itself. For this reason, it is important as a professional graphic designer to have the right software for the job. This means that the application you decide to choose should have a number of qualities that makes it efficient and fast for any task. At the very top of the list, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator stand out from the rest of the list with a treasure trove of features and add-ons. In the next few sections, we will be taking a look at each of these applications and the features that make them the tools for any graphic design job.

1. Adobe Photoshop

Adobe_Photoshop_CS5_Extended__14066Adobe Photoshop is the king when it comes to digital art software. It is very easy with a vast array of tools and customization options enabling you to arrange your workspace as you see fit. Now with Adobe Photoshop CC, you have many more options that makes work much easier. The camera raw feature has been enhanced enabling you to heal images, create with vignettes that have a greater precision and fix perspective distortions. The Windows 8.1 stylus support greatly improved, you will now be able to work comfortably and efficiently with your stylus. The brush strokes are now smoother with the higher-frequency sampling.

2. Adobe Illustrator

TEhSvseHwuI94vMThis is the king when it comes to vector graphics. With the latest release, you can modify the corners on rectangles making it a very flexible yet powerful tool to have in your hands for those huge projects. With the new GPU acceleration, you can now work much faster when using windows 7 or 8. The pencil tool has been completely rebuilt enable you to express your creativity much more easily. You have more control over every tool in this powerful application in order to be a better graphics and improve the quality of your work. The applications also comes with its own cloud collaboration service so that you can better keep in touch with other team mates on a project. Sharing has become much easier in addition to the online storage service provided.

With Adobe Illustrator on windows 8 tablets with complete support for touch and pen pressure. This enables you to work on just a single device instead of having to buy a separate graphics tablet. You can even have images in brushes making it a very powerful tool to have in your professional toolbox. The focus mask enables you to work with images that have shallow field depths. The engine also offers an increased performance. There are also a number of other workflow enhancements which enable you to work faster and be in greater control of the final result.

As you can see, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are the best for your graphics design projects. The learning curve is also much easier so you will not take long to learn all the features. This is yet another feature that makes these two great applications the best for all your artistic work.

How to Price Graphic Design Work

July 9, 2014 | by Dale | category Business, Graphic Design

costs-and-pricingOver the years, many designers have had to come forward and ask how to price graphic design work. Well, being able to determine your fees may sometimes be tricky. There is always a fine line between what is too much and what is too little. The truth is that you want your graphic design work to be competitively priced while at the same time ensuring the profitability of your business. After all, we embark on creating a business to make money, right?

Unlike many other businesses that have some fixed costs associated with certain items, graphic design work is more or less the same like an intangible. There is your time, which is the most crucial aspect, plus the total overheads that may include the cost of your office. That is probably your side of the whole equation. On the other side is what the market is able to bear and this may vary greatly depending on the country. This will also depend on how much the client value design, and how much they are willing to part with.

priceWhen making a decision, the first factor may seem a little bit simple, but in real sense, it is complex. You need to ask yourself, how much is this job worth for me? If you feel that, it is an interesting challenge, or some non-profit organization that you think is worthwhile, and has some intrinsic value that makes it more appealing to you, then you should charge less. The truth is that, what you cannot make in terms of money, you would make in experience. All the same, money is a part of it and so you ought to figure out how much money you need to get by, and how much your time is worth.

Remember that in addition to paying for your time, people pay for your expertise and experience as well. You have probably spent many years learning and working for you to get to where you are today. Your artistic talents and skills are what make your result and time more valuable.

The next thing is to figure how long it will take you to complete the job. Although this may be just an approximation, you may want to accurate as you possibly can. This requires asking the client some questions to grasp the idea about the scope of the whole project. This will also include the things that you are willing to provide in the whole process.

Try to find out about the total hours that you will take. The rule of thumb is that, everything takes twice as long and costs double the price of the original estimate. That does not imply that you have to quote twice as much as you think, it only means that you have to add some few hours to cover the overall hassle factor, the headaches, and the glitches.

That said, take a keen look at the potential client and determine how much they are willing to pay. Do not try to gauge them, but instead ask them to pay what they think the design is worth. If you do your job in the right way, it will be a valuable addition to the client’s company and they will always live to remember.