Tools of the Trade

It takes talent, inspiration, and motivation to be a good graphic designer in todays society. But it also takes tools. A graphic designer without tools is simply a dreamer.



Designers use multiple programs and applications. Some simple tools of the trade are paper and pencil. These are used to sketch out the designers ideas for the project. More advanced tools include Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, and Illustrator.



And while you may not think of them as a “tool,” knowing other designers, illustrators, web developers, photographers and other creatives is extremely important for one reason. It’s not easy to critique yourself. Graphic designers use other artist’s opinions on your work and encourage constructive criticism to push your work to a higher level. Having others around to brainstorm with can bring about the best ideas.


These tools are used to bring those ideas to full color masterpieces.

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