A graphic design software is a computer program that allows you to create and edit digital images. In can help you in several tasks, including resizing images, rotating, cropping, color correcting, adjusting brightness and contrast, red-eye reduction, photo filtering, and even superimpositions, to name a few. Images can be imported from digital cameras, scanners, the internet, and images from the hard drive for editing.
A good, reliable graphic design software is an integral part in web design; magazine publications; the creation of graphic novels, the creation of marketing materials such as posters, brochures, covers, sleeves, and billboards; and in designing t-shirts, mugs, and collectibles among a host of other things.
Types of graphic design software
Generally, there are two types of graphic design software: raster graphics and vector graphics. In simple terms, raster graphics is used to create simple and static graphic images while vector is used to create more advanced graphics.
Raster graphics creates images from simple line arrangements and usually has a bitmap format, where the image is pixelized (those visible squares that appear when you enlarge a photo).
Some examples of raster graphics include Paint Shop Pro, GIMP, and Adobe Photoshop. Vector graphics on the other hand, uses mathematical formulas in creating geometric figures, polygons, and lines. It can create and resize images to infinite proportions without losing the image quality. It can also be used to create interactive and animated images, as well as games and advanced web designs. Some examples of vector graphics include Macromedia Flash and Adobe Live Motion.