One of the most important professions in the digital field is the profession of a graphic designer.

Graphic design surrounds us everywhere, both in the Internet space and in real life. This includes the creation of banners, flyers, presentations, typesetting magazines and other graphic materials for advertising and business.

The main directions of graphic design:

  • Form style
  • Business Cards
  • Logos and brand names
  • Presentations
  • Posters and Posters
  • Magazines and books
  • Illustrations and print ads
  • Outdoor and transport advertising
  • Advertising banners
  • Infographics and graphic schemes
  • Calendars
  • Leaflets and booklets
  • Packaging and labels

Think what interests you: create a corporate identity for a business or labels and packaging, infographics or interfaces. 

Choose several related areas: for example, you can devote yourself to work with the business - to develop a corporate identity, logos, business cards and presentations. Or study the features of printing and layout and take care of leaflets, booklets, calendars, posters and other printed products. 

To understand what exactly you like, you need to try yourself in every direction.

What skills are needed

The first thing you need is a good command of graphic programs. At the first stage you will need:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Corel draw

or their free counterparts, for example:

  • Krita,
  • Paint.NET
  • GIMPShop,
  • Inkscape
  • Gravit
  • Vectr,
  • Vecteezy Editor.

But if you want to develop in the profession, you will need knowledge of more serious programs:

  • For typesetting: InDesign, Quark Xpress, Ventura Publisher, TeX, FrameMaker.
  • For animating objects and characters:  After Effects.
  • For 3D modeling: 3DMax, Blender, SketchUp, ZBrush, Cinema 4D.

How to start learning Photoshop?

To understand how to use Photoshop, start with the theoretical basics. First of all, download and install the program. If you have a modern computer based on FX or i5 – i7 processors, with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, you can safely install Photoshop CS6, if the characteristics are lower, you will have to be content with PhotoshopCS5.

Decide What You Want to Use Photoshop For

While Photoshop is a single app, it’s a versatile one. It’s used by designers, developers, photographers, and pretty much everyone else you can think of in a visually creative field. The number of tools and features is insane and incredibly intimidating, but the reality is you only need to learn a subset of them for each task. If you’re only interested in editing images, you can ignore huge amounts of the stuff to do with paths, shapes, vectors, and the like (at least initially). Similarly, if you’re interested in design, you don’t need any of the photo specific stuff.

For learning and parallel practice we recommend:

  • Dual monitor (easy to watch tutorials and practice on second screen)
  • Graphic Tablet (optional)