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Most essential graphic designer tools?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Karma, May 17, 2012.

  1. Karma

    Karma New Member

    I'm fairly new to graphic design but it's something I really want to learn and progress in. I'm just interested to know what people consider their most essential graphic design tools.
  2. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    Brain, pencil & paper, computer.

    Then... Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.
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  3. Karma

    Karma New Member

    Thanks Kate :) much appreciated.
  4. Ken Reynolds

    Ken Reynolds Member

    I'll second that. The ideas are the real commodity.
  5. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    I'll third that :thumb:
  6. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Coffee Machine closely followed by bottle opener/corkscrew :icon_wink:
  7. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    .. oh and the patience of a Saint when you have to try and justify cost / explain that gradients and effects are a bad idea for logos (even though 75% of my clients are now demanding them *shakes head*)
  8. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    Pretty much in that order too.

    Another valuable resource is the critical input of other designers and the ability to properly evaluate it.
  9. BryanLewis

    BryanLewis New Member

    Hi guys,

    For me the most essential graphic design package has to be Adobe Master Collection. I bought it this weekend from Newport Tesco Superstore.

    It's expensive but you literally get every Adobe program you could want for under £3,000 (and if you buy from Tesco you get club card points!)
  10. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    Tesco sell Adobe Master Collection?
  11. I suddenly have an urge to go and buy CS from a supermarket(!) It's almost as though I've been reading about Tesco stocking it everywhere I look!

    Nine out of his eleven posts mention Tesco (and the other two are follow-ups to querying his Tesco involvement!). Can someone have a word...
  12. BryanLewis

    BryanLewis New Member

    Hi mate, yeah I was shocked but they are using Manufacture on Demand Technology so they don't have to buy in actual physical copies. I was talking to the sales assistant in Newport who tells me they are rolling this out all over the country.

    I only went in because I couldn't see the image on the Tesco Entertainment website:

    Search: adobe - Tesco Entertainment - Free Delivery
  13. BryanLewis

    BryanLewis New Member

    It's massive news for people like me that buy design software once every few months. The fact that I can add it to my monthly shop and benefit from reward points means I save a lot of money.

    It's not just Tesco, I live in Sydney 5 months of the year and I notice that Harvey Norman are doing the same thing, stocking the entire range of Adobe titles (and others)for manufacture on demand. Great news for kids or people that don't usually have access to elite software.

    Can somebody have a word? You might want to increase on your 20 'not so constructive posts' before start whining.

    After doing this for years, I'm just excited such niche products are finding there way into normal peoples hands. Is that such a bad thing? You know, knowing you can buy the Student and Teacher version of an Adobe product for your kid in a shop 5 minutes away from where you live whilst being rewarded in money off vouchers/points to help feed the rest of your family?
  14. Touche. I'll wind my neck in (Can I blame Monday morning blues?).

    Not to get overly defensive, but I only post when I feel I can add something (or on the odd occasion - massively bored at work), which at this stage in my GD career (pre) isn't much (hence 20 posts in the nine months of lurking).
  15. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    Why do you buy design software every few months?
  16. BryanLewis

    BryanLewis New Member

    My business requires that we show to our customers that we consistently evaluate most graphic design software on the market instead of just using the Status Quo. it also means that we are very adapt in specific artistic requests.

    Also, I want my kids to learn and use many different design software, rather than be shoehorned into one.

    Ok fair enough, but I really don't see the need to request someone have a word as if my posts were having some detrimental effect on your viewing pleasure. It's more school yard than forum but there you go.
  17. jaydenharris98

    jaydenharris98 New Member

    I use graphic designer tools and it's nice tool for create your best design.

    -Adobe Creative Suite
    -Adobe Kuler
    -FavIcon Generator
    -Lorem Ipsum Generator
    -Suitcase Fusion
  18. HarryField

    HarryField Member

    What??? gradients and effects are a bad idea for logos? next you will be telling me i shouldn't include clip art

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