Computers have changed the course of many different occupations, but graphic artists and designers have received one of the greatest boosts from becoming high tech. While every artist has a favorite computer to use in the course of a project, the machine generally needs to have a fair amount of horsepower to run the software required just to do a job. While just about anyone can use Photoshop to alter photographs, it takes a fair amount of skill to pull off the effect seamlessly. Plus, anyone who has tried to create any visual element on a computer knows just how exceedingly difficult the task can quickly become. The right software makes all the difference in the world. Here is a look at five of the best software programs for graphic artists:
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection
For the small price of $2599.99 from Best Buy, graphic artists and developers of all kinds can get an amazing collection of software from Adobe, the Creative Suite 5 Master Collection. This kit contains every piece of software needed for creating just about anything that can be created on a computer. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional and much more are included in this software bundle that can make drawings come to life in a variety of different ways. Of course, at a price this steep the user needs to be fairly serious about the craft. Otherwise, purchasing a few of the programs separately is usually a much cheaper alternative.
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Adobe Illustrator CS5 is available from Best Buy for $599.99. Illustrator is the program of choice for just about any serious graphic artist using a computer. It offers an experience that simulates real brush strokes as closely as a machine can really get. Of course, all that is packed into a powerful and easy to use interface. While the complete nuances of Adobe Illustrator CS5 can take months or years to learn, anyone looking to create and edit a top of the line image should definitely consider making this a priority purchase.
Anime Studio Debut 6
Anime Studio Debut 6 is at the other end of the price range opposite the Adobe products, as it retails for $29.99 from Best Buy. This program though is not cut-rate by any means, and features just about everything a budding animator needs to create projects and displays. Anime Studio Debut 6 even offers up a host of royalty-free characters that can be used in cartoons, or users can take the time to use the drawing feature to create their own. All things considered, this is a great program for beginners and moderate users.
Manga Studio Debut 4
Manga Studio Debut 4 is available from Best Buy for $49.99. This is a piece of software that is aimed directly at the creative individuals looking to break into the world of comic books, as it contains everything necessary to create ready to publish comics. Owners can opt to sketch their own characters, or scan or import them from previously accomplished projects. While this program is not likely to help anyone land a job at Marvel or DC, it really serves as a great starting point for learning the basic skills that need to be honed in the visual arts realm.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
Graphic artists usually need to master a fairly large amount of source material, and when it comes to photographs Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 is pretty close the best option. Photoshop Elements 8 is available from Best Buy for $99.99 and allows users the opportunity to finely tune or edit any picture imaginable. Of course, the program also allows for many different effects that can make even a typical snapshot an exciting piece of art. The best part about Photoshop is that it is relatively easy to use, but sometimes requires a skilled hand to pull off top notch work, and really that is what many graphic artists are all about.