How to be a Professional Graphics Designer

By: Rokai Kolam

There are many different types of graphics design that are popular in the world today, but the most popular one still remains designing a graphic from scratch. It is likely that this will remain the most popular form of graphics design for the foreseeable future and because this type of design requires that you know how to use all of the different elements of graphic design, it is also one of the more challenging types of design.

Designing a graphic from scratch is useful in the creation of company logos, as well as in the creation of different thematic pieces of art that flow from what the artist is thinking at the time it is done. While you can use the computer and the mouse in order to design a graphic from scratch, most people that are designing graphics from scratch prefer to use a computerized sketchpad in order to make things work. These types of sketchpads allow you to draw on the sketchpad with the result appearing on screen and therefore allows for a far more natural and artistic creation of the graphic from scratch.

Another way to do things would be through the use of a Tablet PC (or a scanner), but however you decide to do it, figuring out a way to allow your natural creative talent to manifest in digital image format is a priority for designing graphics from scratch.

Every graphic designer needs a system of design. While this may sound like a complicated concept, it really isn’t. A system of design is simply a method the graphic designer has for the input, processing and output of graphics. While many people already have this without even thinking about it, if you want to get professional about your graphic designer aspirations you need to start being aware of exactly how it is you do things.

The input part of the system is relatively easy, since most people will either just use a mouse or a sketchpad in order to manipulate the different graphics that they have or create. It is an important part of the system however since it relates directly to your ability to work with the graphics you create.

Processing refers to programs that you might use, such as Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. Since these types of programs cost an arm and a leg however, many budding graphic designers decide to start with photo editing freeware until they have the money to afford a higher end program.

Finally, output refers to the way in which your final products are exported. For most graphic designers, this will simply involve digital file formats, but on occasion it might also involve the use of high quality printer paper going through a high quality printer. This is not a decision you have to make right away if you are just starting your career in design, but it is a thought you should keep in the back of your mind.

Graphics Designers really have a tough time when it comes to their craft, especially when you compare them with people like writers. While both graphic designers and writers are prone to periods where they really can’t get any inspiration at all, at the same time writer’s have the minimum consolation that at least they get credit for these conditions. A writer can make excuses by saying that they are suffering from writer’s block, but if an artist goes through a prolonged period of low activity artist’s block is not really an excuse you hear that often.

It does happen though and it will eventually happen to you at some point. No matter how good you are with graphics and no matter how much you enjoy what you do, at some point a combination of factors will exhaust your creative juices to the point where you have nothing left. At this point, the only thing you can do is try to relax enough that you let your creative juices recharge.

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Justin Lemaire is a freelance blogger and writer. You can check more of his topics at"> Concept Wizards Inc.

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