Graphic design is not about creating images. A good graphic designer needs to have up-to-date technical skills and be prepared for the heartaches that come when dealing with unreasonable clients. With new software continuously being developed and with clients often giving nearly-impossible demands, it pays to be prepared.
So, what is the most popular design program designers are using?
97% of the designers use Adobe Photoshop.
Adobe Photoshop is still the most popular graphic design software used by professionals and as Adobe says the standard for digital image editing and creation.
85% are using Adobe illustrator.
Running for second place is another Adobe product – a program for creating online illustrations.
59% are using Adobe InDesign.
Adobe InDesign is the third most popular software among designers. The benefit of using InDesign is with a little extra work; InDesign can turn print-ready layouts into books, web content, and PDFs.
38% are creating flash videos with Adobe Flash.
Most of the major web browsers now reject the flash player on their platform, but still Adobe Flash is one of the most popular softwares for creating cool and stunning graphic.
15% are using CorelDraw.
CorelDraw is a popular alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It’s an effective software to create web content, logos and other graphics.
5% are using Smart Draw.
Smart Draw markets itself as a quicker and easier “Visual Processer” for business, making it less popular with graphic designers.
Only 3% of graphic designers are using other softwares.
A small percentage of designers use lesser known design programs such as Designer Pro, Smart Draw, Print Artist and Serif DrawPlus.
Not every designer are using only one design program to create their designs. Some designers prefer to be familiar with almost all the mainstream programs available in the market. 7% of the all designers know 5 or more design programs. And 25% knows 4 design programs and 39% knows 3. These two groups are the majority of the designers. For the rest 20% of the all designers know 2 design programs and 9% knows at least 1 design program.
So, let’s check out the number of specialisations.
Web Design (68%)
Most graphic designers today also have skills in web design. It is common for web designers to know how to design for identity and print as well.
Designing for print is the second most popular graphic design specialisation. This includes designing for business cards, posters, t-shirts, and multi-page prints such as catalogs.
Identity designers will often have a holistic approach that includes both web and print design.
Packaging design is one of the fundamental skills taught in most graphic design course yet, only a few graphic designers are specialising in this field.