The Best Tools any Graphic Designer Needs

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If you are new to design, you will be looking for the perfect tools to help you get the best results possible. There are many hardware and software options that can all deliver amazing results. However, which ones give the best value for money, and have the most features?

You need software that will be compatible with all the devices you are using and won’t use too many resources. Similarly, you also want a computer that has the power to deal with all the demands you make.





Laptops and Devices


Your laptop, or whatever device you will be using, is going to be the main tool of your work. All of your designs and the exchange of finished products will be handled by it, so you need one that will be reliable andpowerful.
Traditionally, many designers went with Apple iMac’s and MacBook’s because they were easy to use and the display is of high quality. However, some are turning to the Microsoft Surface due to its design making it easier to use with a digital pen.



Software


The software you use depends on your personal preferences and also your budget. There are different types of design software that range in price. At one end, you can use Adobe’s Creative Cloud; this is a suite of software that you can use depending on your needs and includes Photoshop and Illustrator; however, Spark is free and can be used for projects such as magazine covers.
There are many other types of design software such as Sumopaint and SVG-Edit that are cheaper in price but may be lacking in features.


Design Tablets


If you are using a mouse to create your designs, then you might consider switching to a design tablet. There are many advantages to using a tablet, you have a more natural way of working with a stylus, and you reduce the risk of RSI.
There is a wide choice of tablets available that can suit any budget. Beware, however, that the cheaper options may lack certain features or build quality.

Color Library


If you are working a lot with print, you may find that owning a color reference library can be useful. Although they are not cheap, they will give you almost every possible combination of colors. You can also use it to illustrate to the printers exactly which color is required buy tearing out a little swatch and pinning it to your work.
It makes working with colors a lot easier, so it will be worth the investment. You can buy individual color books if needed; this will also help you to spread the cost.

As well as these tools, there are also other considerations you must take into account. You will need a good mobile phone to communicate with your clients and preview your work while on the go. While many choose an iPhone because of its compatibility to iMac’s, there are other good phones out there so choose wisely.  

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