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5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Be Using

Becoming a successful designer takes not only skill but the best design tools available.

Using simple, online tools is a great step to get your business off the ground, but at some point, you need to upgrade to take your company to the next level and keep up with your biggest competitors. Although these more advanced tools may take some time to learn (and a larger investment) over time the results will show their worth accordingly..

We’ve done the research for you. Here are five design tools that you must have in repertoire in order to keep your designs fresh:

1. Adobe Indesign

Adobe Indesign is used to create beautiful documents. It is compatible with all of the other Adobe Suite files such as Illustrator and Photoshop. It allows for both simple and complex designs for print, web and other digital platforms.

2. Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator also part of the Adobe Suite, allows designers to create original vector graphics. It is compatible with files such as PNG, JPEG, and other Adobe Suite documents. Illustrator allows for designers to take their creative ideas mind from the brain to screen.

3. Sketch

Sketch is an exciting software program used for web and app development. It allows for the testing of smooth transitions, intuitive interface and powerful plugins. Sketch incorporates the basic tools of every design program and most importantly has the ability for users to export the code.

4. Adobe XD

XD is very similar to Sketch and is once again is a part of the Adobe Suite. It allows users to go from concept to prototype in an in a very short span. XD can take simple and sometimes boring web pages to create a memorable experience focused on user experience.

5. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat allows for designers to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in the PDF format. It allows for you to quickly edit PDF documents that have previously been locked. PDF files are great for making documents viewable and downloadable on websites and/or apps.

Rise above the competition!

Punchy graphics and bold branding are important when it comes to differentiating yourself from the competition. The above tools not only make it easier to do all projects but will allow your brand to grow and flourish as you get better at using them. The sky’s the limit and better design tools will help you get there even faster. Do you use any of these tools?

Want some help incorporating these design programs into your business? Feel free to contact us and we can show you what we’re working with over at Blueprint. Click here for our contact information.