By Sue Chastain, About.com Guide to Graphics Software
Graphics software is used in many facets of life and business. Some of the common things people use graphics software for include: editing and sharing digital photos, creating logos, drawing and modifying clip art, creating digital fine art, creating Web graphics, designing advertisements and product packaging, touching up scanned photos, and drawing maps or other diagrams. These resources will help you find the best graphics software to fit your needs and budget.
There are two primary categories of graphics editors--pixel-based and vector-based. Pixel based graphics are the most common, and a pixel-based editor is often the only thing a casual user would need. But for business graphics and web graphics, a vector-based graphics tools is also needed. These resources will help you narrow down the choices of pixel-based and vector-based all-purpose graphics editors.
Before you even choose your graphics software, you should think about your budget and your needs. Do you need graphics software to perform a specific task, or would an all-purpose graphics editor or graphics suite be more suitable to your needs? It's also important to consider where you buy your graphics software. It's nice to get the best possible price on the software you buy, but you need to be careful that the software you acquire is legitimate and legal.
Before you purchase graphics software, it may be worthwhile to try some free software, or at least download the trial versions of the software you are considering before making your purchase.
Some common graphics tasks are tedious and repetitious. All those graphics have to be sorted and organized so you can find them when you need them. Or you may need to convert images or apply the same transformation to multiple images. That's when you turn to batch processing and image management tools such as those listed here.
Don't let your digital photos lie unseen on hard drives and discs... have some fun with them! These tools will help you get more enjoyment out of your digital photos.
These art-oriented software programs are designed especially for painting, drawing, coloring, and creating original art work. Whether you're looking to mimic traditional art styles, work with new media digital art tools, or just create fun projects and effects with your images, the software in these categories will help expand your creativity.
Business graphics includes logos, charts and graphs, diagrams, organizational charts, multimedia presentations, and visual demonstrations. Browse these links to find specialized tools for these tasks as well as graphics suites that provide a collection of graphics programs to fulfill the majority of business graphics needs.
Working with graphics is a great way for kids to explore their creativity. Some graphics software is designed specifially for younger children, but pre-adolesent kids and older should have no problem using standard graphics software. best of all, kids, students, and educators, can take advantage of academic pricing discounts on software. Learn more about graphics software for kids and educational pricing from these links.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to software for creating Web graphics. Although most general-purpose graphics editors can be used for Web graphics, you may be better off with a specialized tool, or a combination of tools.
Don't do Windows? That's okay; there is plenty of graphics software for alternative operating systems such as Macintosh, Linux, and others.
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