(Closed) Graphic design software?

posted 8 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Illustrator is probably your best bet. But know that any design program has a learning curve and it may make it difficult for you to get it to do what you want. That being said if you have time & patience to learn there are tons of online tutorials and help forums so chances are if you get stuck you’ll be able to find the answer out there somewhere. Just start early and don’t think it’ll be something you can finish in a weekend.

Illustrator would allow you to do single page layouts and also manipulate vector (scalable) graphics. If you every have looked at istock.com you’ll see that in the “Illustrations” section many pieces will say “Vector” artwork – that means you need a program that can manipulate them if you want to change the color or add and delete elements (like text or backgrounds).

Not sure about any free or low-budget software – perhaps some other Bees have suggestions?


Post # 4
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m using Adobe InDesign, but I had to learn it for a class, so I already had a motivation for using it. If you’re comfortable with Photoshop, InDesign will be fairly simple to pick up.

Post # 5
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m in the same boat…want to design my menus, programs, etc. myself but am having trouble doing what I want.  I actually bought a custom monogram on etsy and also had the seller design some custom clipart for me to incorportant aspects of my decor (birds, flowers, my colors).  I’m going to use these on my paper products and they’re PDF files so they’re easy to play around with (size, color, brightness).  It was super easy to just tell a designer what I want and then use the designs as I wanted to.  Hope this helps!

Post # 7
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would highly recommend GIMP. It’s open source, free and is just as powerful, if not more so than Adobe Photoshop.

For being easy to use… well not so much, but neither is illustrator or photoshop. You can look up tutorials and things to try and learn, but I think it will be difficult to just dive into any software and be able to use it skillfully.

Post # 8
572 posts
Busy bee

I have indesign, illustrator and photoshop…I bounce from one to another. It all depends on what you plan to do. If it will be text heavy with little graphics…then indesign should do it for you.

It may be cheaper to work with a designer and only pay for the final design in a PDF that you can simply print.

Post # 9
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

@hmaxwell77: Yes photoshop elements is similar to full photoshop and will do what you want to. It will take you a bit to learn but it is totally worth your time. I have been using photoshop for years and did everything that was paper related for our wedding with it.

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