Saturday, October 2, 2010

Design Programs

In this blog entry, I'm going to explain what programs I will be giving tutorials and information on. In each section I will give a brief description and purpose or meaning that the program is mostly used for. Now when viewing this list, make sure you take into consideration that these aren't the only choice when it comes to making designs and artistic creations, these are simply the only programs I have experience in. So, with that being the intro, let's begin.

Adobe Photoshop: Photo-editing software

Description: Adobe Photoshop, or quite simply known as Photoshop, is the leading software in commercial bitmap and image manipulation. It is the most used, most famous (and infamous) product in Adobe's line of products.

Uses: Uses for Photoshop can vary from personal photo-editing, to top dollar logo design and creation. Many artists also use Photoshop as their go-to software for creating digital paintings.

Sources: You can purchase Photoshop off of Adobe's site, for a nominal fee. However, if you are savvy enough, you can find pirated versions all around the internet. Of course, I must clarify that I in no way condone the act of piracy, and I will not/do no support it.

Extra Details: The version of Photoshop I will be suing in all of my tutorials (until a newer version comes out) will be Adobe Photoshop CS5, the latest release of Photoshop Creative Suites. There are many useful plugins available for purchase all over the internet, to find them all you need is Google.

Adobe Illustrator: Vector graphics editor

Description: Adobe Illustrator is software that creates vector graphics. The program is used commonly for artists all over the world. It is a complete vector graphics environment that is used with other Adobe Creative programs. 

Uses: You can discover the ability to edit appearances (vectoring), work efficiently with the new guides and panels and also deliver to printers, developers and other applications much more easily than before.

Sources: Just like Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator can be purchased off of the Adobe home webpage, or found off of various other sources around the internet for free.

Extra Details: The latest version of this software is CS5, which is what I will be using for all of my tutorials.

Cinema 4D: 3D modeler and animator

Description: Cinema 4D is modeling, animation and rendering software developed by MAXON. It is recognized for its flexible interface and ease and simplicity of use and it is capable of procedural and polygonal/subdivision modeling, animating, lighting, texturing and rendering.

Uses: As stated above; Cinema 4D is used for 3D modeling and animation. Most of the use of Cinema 4D is recreational, but a lot of it is still used business related, as it is a very useful program to learn in coordination with Adobe After Effects.

Sources: You can purchase Cinema 4D off the MAXON home page.

Extra Details: I personally use C4D release 10, which is a little out-dated compared to it's predecessors, but still very useful nonetheless.

These are the main programs that I will be teaching, but I may dip into other software such as After Effects, or even non-graphic related programs such as FL Studio. If you have any questions or comments about the information on the programs I have listed above, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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  1. Man.. I have been looking for help in this area. Thanks

  2. I'm a photoshop user myself, been using it for less than a year though. I'm looking into illustrator, and hopefully cinema in the future

  3. Dude, nice info for anybody starting out.
    Just so everybody knows, these are probably the best programs you can learn if you're interested in graphic design.

  4. Nice... I would be following your blog and If I have time I will try things myself :) also great post.. some good info.. havent realy knew anything else than PS

  5. Nice work.
    Been using CS4 for a long time now,i can't really bring myself to CS5..dunno why

  6. Just recently got a hold of PS. Looking forward to more information to make the transition from paint a little easier :P

  7. Well I'm looking forward to your adobe illistrator tutorials. I have no skills with that program.

  8. are you going to go into different aspects of photoshop, or just give brief overviews?

  9. Yeah i wanna make myself some cool signatures.

  10. looking forward to it!! following you

  11. @RainingPiPs
    I will be going in-depth into multiple different aspects of each software, but also giving overviews that give basic understanding, leaving plenty of room for experiments.

    Yeah, I'll post a couple tutorials on how to make signatures as well. Both video and image-wise.

  12. you made a typo...where you said "using", you said you would be suing.

    i was shocked for a sec

  13. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

  14. Thank god your making a Photoshop tutorial, i'm hopeless with it, even though i have Photoshop CS5 i still ashamedly use Paint MS lol

  15. Thanks for the update... btw, Beating Inertia has a new Q&A post!

  16. the comments you left on my last blog post were really helpful :)

  17. I look forward to these tutorials

  18. I enjoyed your point of view in this post

  19. cant wait for the tutorials...i need to brush my skills up.

  20. Keep up the good work! If you like bubbles, check out my other blog, Enhanced by MS Paint!

  21. wow lots of information in here, definitely going to check out those programs. thanks!