Every graphic designer has his/her own preference when it comes to a set of programs to express creativity. Whether your criteria is how easy it is to use, how flexible is the user interface for you, or how many preferences it has, we usually make our pick and get used to one program forever and ever.
For years, Adobe seems to be designers first choice all over the world. Users like Adobe Photoshop as it's easy to use, basic features are making the whole experience smooth and most of the tools are quite effective. Photoshop is a beginner's first choice, it is simple for use to for RAW format images and rendering is also pretty easy.
Designers also love Adobe Illustrator. It is a great tool for branding, mostly used for logos, typography etc, but it could also find application in video illustrations. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows, but a very expensive tool to get.
Besides Photoshop and Illustrator, Adobe InDesign is common in designer's practice. It is used for magazine and book covers, flyers and brochures, for digital as much as printed versions. It takes some time to get in the game with this program, as for most of Adobe software, so we don't recommend it for when you need your publication ready for tomorrow and you've never used InDesign before.
One of the most used alternatives to Photoshop would be GIMP. One of the many cool advantages is that it's compatible with different operating systems, on top of being simple to use and that interface is very adaptive to modern users. An alternative for Illustrator is Inkscape, which is a free tool for dealing with vectors, and also available on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Another great choice for vector graphic designing is CorelDraw, which is a very popular software and its features are rated as outstanding. Users are quite satisfied with how easy it is to use, and also the training videos are making it even more simple. Regarding the price, there are different subscriptions available, while the downside is there is no Mac version of this program. Other apps from this provider are Corel PaintShop and Corel PhotoImpact.
Some other apps with cool features are also a very old ACDSEE Photo Editor, then Serif PhotoPlus and Serif DrawPlus, CyberLink PhotoDirector, Xara, Vector with the free basic plan, Google Sketch-up for easy 3D modeling and more interesting features with Pro plan.
Which are your favorites? How easy are Adobe programs to use, compared to their opponents? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
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