July 19th, 2006

the torch-ginger

Attention: Graphic Design Folks!

wyldkyss, birdofparadox, kothoga, sxyblkmn, everraven, kirkdaniel, theone01, and anyone else I may have excluded:

You are all graphic designers at various levels of expertise and education: students, professionals, and hobbists.

I am self-taught, so I have developed several methods that are not industry standard. Nor have I done any print media to have learned what standard IS. All my experience is web-based. I often wonder if I create more work for myself because I'm unconsciously doing something the hard way.

When I throw a webpage together, I use only Photoshop 7.0 (sometimes I save out through Image Ready for draft presentations, but really the only software I design in is Photoshop). I've heard some of you mention Adobe InDesign and various versions of Quark.

So, here's my question. What design software do you use? Do you build pages with more traditional design and publishing software? Is there a preferred software for print versus web media?

Also, have you found any softwar that is comparable to Adobe CS2 that is worthy of looking at?