A lot of people think that having a photoshop software make you a graphic designer – well, I hope it was that simple! As you know your imagination power and your strategic mind is the most essential thing in this business but tools are what helps us express better. We can imagine as much as we want but in the end, we will need a tool to which will help us create our vision better. I think in today’s world, where VFX and Animation are the best yet, tools is what makes our creative work better and interesting – it can be software like Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro which helps us to show our vision on another level.
“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.”
– Neville Brody
I have been designing logos, brand identities and illustrations for some time now, I yet have to explore all the tools, but I guarantee you there will always be my top essentials. Tools in design are something which is not used for making you look fancy but making your job easy! Let see the top 3 tools that I use the most as a graphic designer and illustrator:
1) Adobe Creative Cloud
Starting with the big guns! I mean come on, we all use this and it’s obvious! But is it? There are other software out there that do the same job that Illustrator or Premiere Pro does like CorelDraw or Final Cut Pro. most of us like the Adobe Creative Cloud better as it’s efficient and everything syncs with everything. You can use Photoshop and link it with an Illustrator file or you can link illustrator files with After effect files, Adobe has made everything so much simpler!
2) Wacom – Graphics Tablet
Remember how I told you that tools should make your process easier and faster? This gadget has changed my work process completely! I know that nowadays even Apple’s Ipad is also on the list. Wacom works more efficiently for me as I can work on any software I want, especially Photoshop. Wacom it makes it much easier to illustrate and get the organic effect because of the amazing pressure sensitivity. If you are like me who is better with pens than a mouse, you’ll definitely like this. Wacom comes in all shapes and “prices”, you can get the Wacom Intuos or the giant Wacom Companion (which is on my wishlist), they all work to make your process easier.
3) Good Old Sketchbook!
The most basic of them all – A Sketchbook! I am a huge fan of sketching and doodling. I don’t have a specific brand but I can suggest a few good brands like Moleskin or Field Notes, these are the sketchbook brands most graphic designers or artists use. I usually sketch logos and layout designs for projects or even wireframes for a website. Always physically sketch out ideas before going to any software, it will help you brew more ideas.
So, there are many more tools than this for sure but these are the basic tools that I personally use daily. Depending on your field of work you may also use a good camera, hard disks, Pantone Swatches and even Creative Market for resources.