Greetings on this fine Thursday! Is it cold where you are?? It was 35 degrees at my house this morning, with no hope of getting out of the 30′s (or at least low 40′s) for the next few days. For a girl that’s adamantly adverse to being cold, I have my sights set on spring today. Think warm happy thoughts, think warm happy thoughts… Anyway, moving on!
Things have been busier for me these last few weeks. With swapping to a new full-time gig and with several new projects in the works, today I’m appreciative of the programs that help me make the most of my design time. Namely, the Adobe Creative Suite! Having been the standard for design software for years, it includes such programs as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and depending on what version of the suite you get, you may also receive Dreamweaver, Flash, Final Cut Pro, etc. Me? I specialize in print, so the main three are pretty much all I need, though I still have plans to learn web design and Dreamweaver. (For the bucket list, you know.)
I still remember installing the original Creative Suite on my new computer (PC!) back in college. I thought it was hot stuff, not having to buy each program separately and all. Then two years ago I upgraded (finally) to an iMac, and was super-excited to get the latest version, Creative Suite 5 Designer’s Edition! Of course, now they’re up to version 6, but I’ve not splurged on that one yet. I’m still exploring all the fun features of version 5! (The “content aware” fill feature in Photoshop? Dreamy! Yes, I’m a design dork. Google it. I promise you’ll be amazed.)
Oh, Creative Suite 6, one day you shall be all mine!!
What I love most about the Creative Suite, and the reason it helps my productivity so much, is because the programs are designed to work together. Not that you can’t use them with other softwares, because you absolutely can. Think of it this way, though: it’s like a good hair styling regimen. You can mix and match your brands (come on, most of us do, myself included), but when you stick with one brand’s products, they just work. It’s because they’re engineered to work together. Many of the tools found in Photoshop can also be found in Illustrator and InDesign, and work similarly between the three programs. Each program is designed for it’s specific purpose (Photoshop for image editing, Illustrator for drawing, and InDesign for layouts), but when used in conjunction with each other, well, the sky’s the limit!
Thank you for tolerating my designer nerd-speak today. I’m a little sad about how much of my life revolves around computers, softwares and technology, but even so, they still get me excited!