So in the world of design...... is adobe king?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by NRose8989, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been getting into creating some logos for a business idea of mine, and I've been using Pixelmator and Vector Designer (macheist bundle) to get some ideas flowing but I'm finding that i can't seem to get the desired effect that i want. Am i using crippled (for lack of a better word) programs? basically at the moment I'm trying to get a 3d effect in my font with life like colors (as if light was reflecting off of the object) but everything i make seems flat (even with shadows) and kinda cheesy looking like i made it in MS paint. Now given that I'm quite the newbie in graphical design, does the adobe suite offer me something to create these or is it just something i'm doing wrong or could do with the programs i have. thanks.
     
  2. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Yep. Adobe is king in the design industry. Illustrator and Photoshop are the most used applications in the industry. For vector graphics you use Illustrator...for bitmap graphics you use Photoshop.
     
  3. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    The tool does not make the artist good it only makes some things simpler.
     
  4. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    That's very true. They are merely tools...however since Adobe apps are standard, it is good to know them if you plan to work in teams with other people and at companies.
     
  5. NRose8989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    and the keyword here i think is "simpler"

    This is true so i suppose i should invest into better software. thanks a bunch
     
  6. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Yes, Adobe CS is the industry standard application suite and a lot more powerful than what you've been using. However, as babyjenniferLB quite rightly says, they will not turn you into a graphic designer - quite the contrary, they're a good deal more complex to use than the tools you're using currently - which will mean that you may have an even steeper learning curve before you manage to get things done.

    Both Pixelmator and Vector Designer are good applications to start off with, and are capable of a lot more than you might first suspect. Unless you're planning to take a course, it may be wiser to become proficient with them first before spending hundreds (or thousands) on high-end professional software.
     
  7. nyutnyut macrumors member

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    totally true... until you start working with vendors that need files done in certain programs.

    and if we were actually artists and not designers.
     
  8. Col127 macrumors 6502

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    also, if you're a student, you can get EDU versions of the adobe software for considerably less... however, you aren't licensed to use that software professionally. and like other people said, it's not the software that make you a designer, they're only a small part of it!
     
  9. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    That depends on your location. Adobe education-discounted apps in the UK put no restrictions on their use, whereas in Australia they do. I have no idea why that is, but there you go.
     
  10. CMD is me macrumors 6502

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    ditto that. use to quark was the layout king, but they kept holding on to thinking their software was worth the price and didn't need to evolve. sad. i really liked quark
     
  11. Claytoniss macrumors regular

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    Thats pretty crazy, wasn't Australia UK's prison island back in the day?
     

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