#1Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.
$20.99- Varies by plan
Conceived and developed by a passionate team of artists and programmers, Affinity gives creatives exactly what they need for the highest quality artwork, photos, and designs accurate, high quality tools in fast, innovative, reliable apps with flair.
Windows, Mac, iOS
Inkscape is an illustration tool for users who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its drawing tools and file format compatibilities, it can give help to users to create texts and bezier and spiro curves.
Windows, Mac, Linux
WHAT’S THE MEANING?
A graphics tablet (also known as a pen tablet, drawing tablet, digitizer, or digital artboard) is a computer input device that allows digital artists to draw or sketch animations and graphics using a pen or a stylus in the same fashion that they draw images with a pencil and a paper. Aside from its artistic purposes, this technology is also used in capturing hand-written signatures.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that being a graphic artist is one of the highest-paying jobs for art majors? Aside from producing illustrations, texts, and typographies-the aesthetic side of it--graphic artists analyze the client needs, translate their abstract ideas into something visually concrete and turn them into promotional materials use for logos and displays that we commonly see in advertisements, marketing brochures, and signages. The data posted on Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that employees in the specialized design services industry earn an annual mean wage of 54, 780 US dollars. Interestingly, graphic designers earn more than 21% of similar careers in the United States.
The illustration industry is heading to the same path as photography this 2018. However, unlike photographers, illustrations have been utilizing bright and vibrant colors since last year to bring their crafts to people’s attention, that experts say that trend is still in the groove this 2018. A touch of surrealism will also be appearing this year as futuristic styles will come to play, according to Michael Haddad.
CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.
$669- Free trial available
Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google and is also available as a Chrome app that works offline, available from the Chrome Web Store.
#6Clip Studio Paint
Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga studio) is a great alternative to Photoshop, and one of the most popular programs for comic and manga artists. This tool allows artists to enhance their paper illustrations or create digital artworks from scratch.
Windows, Mac, iOS
Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.
Sketch brings a fun drawing and photo editing experience to everyone who wants to be creative, regardless of skill level.
Free- with in-app purchases
Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.
$29.99- Varies by plan
Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.
$9.99- Free trial available
Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.
#12Adobe Spark Post
Adobe Spark Post is an online and mobile graphic design app that allows users to beautify text, create images, develop themes, and produce animated videos among others. It also serves as an avenue for them to share their craft to the community.
Web, iOS, Android