21/07/2021

Categories: Graphic Design, Undergradute

What is the Adobe Suite, and why is it important to graphic designers?

There are many graphic design skills you will need when you step into the industry. The first is the ability to put pen to paper.

Tapping into your imagination, having an eye for what looks good and being able to convey your ideas successfully is essential. The industry will struggle to accept a graphic design graduate who isn’t creative in imagination and action.

However, one of the most sought-after skills is the ability to use the Adobe Creative Suite. It has become easier for students to access these types of software with the introduction of the Adobe Creative Suite and student-friendly priced subscriptions. Still, some universities like the University of Bolton provide students with access through their computer suites.

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The Adobe Creative Suite consists of 22 different applications, all of which have a different focus on how to assist you and your creativity. Here are the most common applications and their primary use:

Photoshop – image editing and manipulation tool to produce highly detailed work

InDesign – page layouts, building and previewing documents for print and online

Illustrator – is used for vector art, typically to create logos

Premier Pro – cuts and edits video tracks and exports them into desired formats

After Effects – allows you to add visual effects to videos and animations

Mastering each of these applications is something you will have the opportunity to learn while you study graphic design, but you must practise in order to become skilled. Knowing how to use the above tools is essential, but it is also crucial you know what the other 17 software’s do.

Adobe XD – design, prototype and share user experiences

Fresco – allows you to draw and paint anywhere

Premier Rush – creates and shares online videos anywhere

Dimension – creates photorealistic 3D images for branding and advertising purposes

Acrobat Pro – create, edit and sign PDF documents

Dreamweaver – website building tool

Animate – builds interactive animations for multiple platforms

Audition – for audio recording, mixing and restoration

Lightroom – a desktop-focused photo editing tool

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