Software from this category provides a comprehensive set of tools required for creating, editing, and reformatting graphic content. Graphic design is widely used across multiple business niches (advertising, publishing, production, etc) and creating visual content requires software from this subcategory. Creating and editing digital prints, product packaging, poster and flyer design, fonts and blueprints, all fall into the graphic design category. You can also find various color scheme generators, icon libraries, and other tools that create and catalog resources used by graphic designers. Some of these products can perform multiple roles (drawing and image editing, combining different media platforms, etc.) despite having graphic design as their center of focus.
Graphic design software is a suite of digital tools to create, edit and manipulate image-based and type-based designs or a combination of both. Application of graphic design software is seen across industries for designing logos, web pages, brochures, signs, books, and posters to name a few.
Products in this category support either raster or vector graphics. Raster images are made of pixels, while vector images consist of lines and curves created using mathematical theories. Because vector graphics are rooted in mathematical equations, they can be enlarged to any size without losing resolution. This is why products focused on vector graphics are often used for designing scalable logos.
This category covers a wide range of software products, with different products focused on different areas of graphic design. For instance, some products come with a library of design templates to help you create designs without professional training. You’ll also find products entirely focused on web page designing, desktop publishing or creating presentations.
Most designers need more than one software applications for graphic design. It is almost impossible to find a one-size-fits-all solution. You need to use different applications in different situations.
What software you should choose depends on the task at hand. For instance, if you are designing scalable logos and icons, you should use an illustration software application capable of creating vector graphics. On the other hand, photo editing software is best suited for image manipulations, creating and editing digital arts and pixel arts.
Depending on your niche industry, you may also need page layout or web design software. For instance, if you mainly design for the print industry, you need a layout application for printing work, packaging and magazine layouts. For web designing, you can either use a generic photo editing tool or a solution specially designed for creating web graphics. Specialized solutions often leave out some generic features to include more advanced features for web designing.
There are also solutions specially designed to perform one specific task related to web designing. For instance, you’ll find products specially designed for creating color combinations or custom typefaces. Some products even allow you to post your design needs to an online crowdsourcing platform and get response from expert designers.
In some situations, you may need to use multiple graphic design applications to get the best results. For instance, when designing a print leaflet, you may want to use a photo editing tool for background removal, an illustration software application for incorporating the company logo and a layout program to arrange the page layout.
|CAD Tools||Computer-aided-design (CAD) is used for engineering or designing 2D and 3D models to create new products or graphic elements.|
|Data Export||Exporting functionality can be used to streamline the migration of data sets and information across systems, platforms or applications.|
|Data Import||Importing functionality allows you to use data sets from other systems or platforms to cut down on data entry requirements or to more easily migrate records from similar applications you have used in the past.|
|Multi-User||Supports more than just one user account and generally allows for collaboration with colleagues.|
|Pixel Graphics||Support for pixel graphics files, such as JPGs, PNGs, GIFs and others.|
|Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons||Offers additional features or integrations built by third-party developers in form of plugins or add-ons.|
|Vector File Support||Support for vector graphics files using polygons and control points instead of pixels. Common file types include EPS, SVG and PDF.|
|Video||Support for video elements and other moving picture graphics.|