When it comes to the creative side of any small business, it’s important to have the right tools needed for the job. So when it comes to graphic design products that we feel line up perfectly with the equipment and services we offer, the list is short.
Stay ahead of the competition with these three graphic design software solutions for better results and workflow management.
While some purists might consider Adobe’s products over-priced and with a steep learning curve, Photoshop is considered the go-to image and photo manipulation software on the market. While in the past, Photoshop did come with a heavy price tag, modern subscription services provided by Adobe help cut the initial price of entry down.
With Photoshop and the cloud-sharing Adobe offers with their subscriptions, the creatives on your team can utilize industry-standard design tools across their computer, phone, and tablet. Pause one project on your PC then pick it right back up on your iPad. The seamless nature of Adobe’s Creative Cloud is very helpful for designers on the go.
Over the years, Adobe has put in the effort to better streamline Photoshop’s user interface and its customizable options. And with built-in tutorials and help guides, finding an answer to a design question is just a few clicks away. Better still, Adobe’s Creative Cloud offers photo library storage and management.
Adobe has various subscription plans for individuals, businesses, students, and educational institutions. You’re sure to find a plan that best fits the needs of your business.
Despite Adobe’s shadow looming over the graphic design industry, CorelDraw Graphics Suite continues to be updated each year with new features and industry-standard tools.
Alongside standard graphic design capabilities, CorelDraw Graphics Suite utilizes customizable interfaces similar to Photoshop so that users can tailor their experience to what best suits their needs. However, one of the downsides to CorelDraw when compared to Photoshop is its lack of a complementary mobile app.
However, that missing feature allows CorelDraw Graphics Suite to stay at a fixed price. When you subscribe to CorelDraw, you never have to worry about additional fees.
For those that love as many choices as possible, CorelDraw’s exporting options reach a staggering 45+ different file types. No matter what you need, from .tif to .png, CorelDraw has it.
Both Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw Graphics Suite offer free trials and we encourage potential customers to try them both out.
Speaking of free, the open-source and highly functional GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP for short, is a perfect option for a small business that doesn’t have a huge budget for subscriptions or huge one-time fees.
Like Photoshop and CorelDraw, GIMP’s interface is highly customizable so that even the most avant-garde designer on the team can utilize a suite of features that they’re comfortable with. Being an open-source piece of software, users can guarantee that there are always a handful of power users helping make the software better through regular updates and performance enhancements.
Alongside being free and open-source, GIMP also houses a deep archive of help and how-tos so that each user, no matter their skill level, is able to find the help they need to make their design projects meet company standards before a print or mass production.
GIMP power users and those that work on the open-source platform are regularly updating the website with relevant information and news so that users know what’s in the pipeline for new updates and features.
There are many other design software options on the market, so if these three don’t fill your need, we encourage you to keep searching. Design can be a very collaborative process so having the right tools for the job is an essential part of every small business.
Once you’ve found the right software for your team’s needs, reach out to a sales professional here at POA and we can find you the right hardware and office equipment to make your design work sing. We also provide service solutions across a breadth of industries.
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