Design Software : Adobe CC

As you may already know, Adobe is a computer software company majorly known for Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe has many things to offer, for nearly every “creative” industry, so it can get tricky. So which software is right for you?

Graphic Design software

Adobe has many software programs that can be distinctively put into different categories. When it comes to graphic design there is : Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator.

Photoshop is the most leading and popular graphic editing software that is used by graphic artists, designers and photographers. Want to restore old photos? Correct a mistake? Create text effects for print and web? Design web banners? Make the impossible, possible?  Photoshop. Even though you can do basically everything and anything, there are moments where switching over to a different software will be more ideal. Photoshop is mainly used to manipulate reality.

Indesign is used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspaper, and even books. Sure, these things can be achieved in Photoshop, but you would be overworking yourself and not using the software’s properly. Simply put, you can drink a soda with a straw, or you can drink it straight from the opening. Straw’s were made so that you don’t have to drink straight from the source. Pretty much anything with large amounts of text should be put into InDesign. InDesign allows you to set up master page templates so page designs are instantly unified throughout the entire document. The pages are numbered automatically and can be re-ordered tailored to your desires. InDesign was built with that specific use in mind.

Illustrator is a vector graphics editor. In case you don’t know what that is, vector graphics is the creation of digital images through a sequence of commands or mathematical statements that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.In vector graphics, the file that comes from a graphic artist’s work is created and saved as a sequence of vector statements. For example, instead of containing a bit in the file for each bit of a line drawing, a vector graphic file describes a series of points to be connected resulting in a much smaller file. If you think “print”, open illustrator. Logos and icons should be created in illustrator because every vector shape and line created can be blown up to any size, making it ideal for images that will be used in many different ways. A design created in illustrator will look identical on a business card, shirt, phone case and even on a bus without the loss of quality.

Web design

Adobe also has a variety of software’s that involve web design from Dreamweaver to Muse to flash builder. There’s only one software though that allows you to create without coding.

Adobe Muse is a website builder that allows designers to create websites without having to write any code. Muse is more design driven, focusing on the frontend rather than the backend.

Adobe Dreamweaver is a web design and development application that combines a visual deign surface and a code editor. It lets users design, code and manage websites a well as mobile content. Dreamweaver is said to be a versatile tool that combines the techy and the visual into one. So if you happen to be a graphic designer who’s visually intelligent yet know how to code and program, you can achieve a lot in Dreamweaver.

Video Editing

If you haven’t noticed yet, adobe has a lot of softwares. Adobe Premiere Pro and After effects are majorly used for video editing.Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you can end up using both for the same project.

Adobe Premiere Pro is used for video editing and Adobe After Effects is used for video compositing. When editing, the first step should be the video editing.

Adobe Premiere Pro is great for large amounts of video, where organizing them neatly into folders can be done for easier access. Premiere Pro also contains a large amount of audio effects. Adobe After Effects is great when you want to add intricate visual effects such as lighting, explosions, custom animations and much more. Hence the name, “After” Effects.


Adobe has one major software for editing audio which is Adobe AuditionThe workstations include features such as multitrack, nondestructive mix and edit and a non destructive wave form editor.

Multi Media Presentations : Putting Software into use

Now if you are anything like me, you learn more when things are visually played out combined with verbal demonstration. Almost everything in the day of age involves multimedia. Multi media is simply the mixture of multiple medias such as pictures,videos,etc. Whether you want to edit a photo in Photoshop, design a website in Muse, create a logo in Illustrator or simply record and mix audio in Audition, you are making a multimedia presentation. This can be used to visually help someone understand a topic.

Adobe Flash

Flash allows you to create presentations where you can build in powerful animation with very good video compression technology.A bonus of Flash is that it also allows you to put presentations directly onto your web site.

Here are a few words to get familiar with:

  • Animation- making an object appear to have movement
  • Audio clip- a file that contains sound
  • Clip art- commercially prepared drawings
  • Compression- a technique that reduces the size of a file
  • Cookies- programs which store data on computer for future reference
  • Database- a structured collection of data
  • File format- type of file created by a program
  • GIF- Graphic file format for use on the web
  • Hyperlink- text or graphics that are coded to redirect elsewhere
  • Image resolution- the amount of information stored in each image
  • JPEG- graphic file format used to create very compact bit mapped files
  • PDF- cross platform file format that requires a viewer to be displayed
  • Pixel-the smallest component of an image that can be transmitted or received in a video display system (tiny points of light that make up a picture)
  • Plug In– tiny software programs added to an application to extend its capabilities
  • PNG– Portable Network Graphics. Flexible graphic file format used on the web. It supports a number of different color depths including 256 colors (8bit) as well as millions of colors (24 or 32 bit)
  • Portfolio – a collection of sample work and example projects to share with potential clients and employers
  • PowerPoint – widely used program for creating electronic slide show presentations.
  • Public domain – original content that can be sued at the user’s discretion for no charge beyond the initial cost
  • QuickTime – software based video-delivery system by Apple that allows delivery of multimedia and video on computers without using additional hardware
  • Quicktime movie – platform neutral, convenient and powerful format for storing common digital media types such as audio and video
  • Stock photography – collections of digital photographs available on CDE-ROM or from the internet
  • Streaming – process in which sound or video is played while it is being downloaded

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