Graphics software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Fthree, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    Just picked up my new 15 retina, quick question I bought it to start doing my own graphic designing which app or software would be best? I used to pay a friend with nice computer stuff to do it for me now my computer is insanely more powerful and I could save money doing it myself.
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Adobe Photoshop is generally what graphic designers use. You can start with the more affordable Photoshop Elements. As for video, I prefer Final Cut Pro and iMovie 10 (for less intensive projects).
  3. Okta macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    What do you mean specifically by Graphic Design?

    Here is the Mac software that I really like after switching from PC

    Photoshop - Pixelmator (great app, in some ways better than Photoshop and it costs 15 bucks)

    Fireworks/UI - Sketch 3

    Illustrator - iDraw

    All of these will cost a few months of Photoshop CC. Good luck my friend!
  4. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Photoshop Elements 12

    Any one of these programs can help you. Plus there are plenty more which I have not mentioned. Photoshop & Illustrator tend to lean towards the pro side of things. While PS Elements, Pixelmator and iDraw are cheaper and slightly less programs than PS & AI, they are still very good contenders that can do a great job for you.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    PS is the king of graphics software but now requires a subscription. The next popular item imo is Pixelmator. I use that for my light editing needs.
  6. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

    As other posters have suggested, it very much depends on what you mean by 'graphic design' - it's a broad term. Will you designing books? web sites? business cards? posters? tweaking photos?

    If you're serious, and have plenty of cash (and time to learn) then Adobe's Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) is what 99% of all professionals use. Or there are plenty of free - or at least cheaper - apps out there that may do a good enough job for your needs.

    Also, remember that having a good computer and software doesn't necessarily make you a good graphic designer! ;-)

    Good luck!
  7. Fthree thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    Thanks for the replies! I have a website that I keep up with and I work with clothing design. My wife is a photographer and I'd like to get a program that could help us both out. Appreciate y'all's help!

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