Adobe Photoshop is the best known graphics product on the market.
Graphics Software Overview
What is Graphics Software?
Graphics software provides tools that allow users to create, edit, and store high-quality images. Certain tools, like 3D character creation and certain drawing capabilities, are similar to those found in video and animation software, but they are still very different. Businesses use graphics software to create professional marketing materials like logos, clip art, and web graphics.
Graphics Software Features & Capabilities
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To choose the right type of graphics software, users need to know what kind of files they will be working with.
Raster files use an assortment of colored dots (or pixels) to form an image. Since the dots are created at a certain size, enlarging the image can make it blurry, while shrinking it can erase important details. Raster files are usually best for photographs or complex images, as long as they do not need to be resized very often.
PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Paint, and Adobe Photoshop are some of the most popular types of graphic software for raster files. Users can easily import photos and edit individual elements. More complex editing options are also available, like compositing (layering two images together), or removing unwanted items from the background. Some graphics software can be used to create 3D images.
Instead of using pixels, vector files use mathematical equations to determine how certain elements should be placed within the design. It can get pretty complicated, but the main idea is that these equations allow vector graphics to be scaled up or down without losing clarity - which is ideal for logos, banner ads, or web art that is simple but may need to be resized regularly.
Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Inkscape are good examples of vector-based graphics software. Users can create designs using geometric shapes, then customize those designs with colors, textures, and text. There are even freehand drawing tools that allow the user to create their own vector images and then “lock” them into place, so they can be enlarged or compressed without losing quality.
Most graphics software vendors offer different plans for individual or business use. For a larger lump sum, users can buy the full software and install it on one machine, but that may not always be cost effective. Most vendors offer monthly subscription plans for $10-$50 a month, depending on the number of users. If users still aren’t sure what software they need, most vendors also offer free trials for 7-15 days.
There are some free graphics software programs available online, however, they typically have limited functionality. Canva is a popular free choice that offers templates, basic photo editing, and stickers, but it still has a paid version with more premium options.
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Canva is a popular, simple online graphic design tool. Users can import images, use templates to design banners and logos, or pay to use Canva's premium stock images/paid templates (elements starting at $1).
Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector-based graphic design software.
Corel Corporation, headquartered in Ottawa, offers the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, a graphic design studio and library of tools.
Unity Technologies headquartered in San Francisco offers the Unity real-time 3D and 2D development platform.
Autodesk offers Maya, a 3D animation, modeling, simulation and rendering tool available to artists, animators, and educators.
Infogram is an online tool for creating infographics, charts, dashboards, and interactive reports. Users can upload spreadsheets containing the data they want to visualize, or set up a live integration from another data source using the Infogram API. From a graphics and layout perspective, Infogr...
CrazyTalk Animator is a 2D animation tool designed to allow users to create professional animations easily. Users can apply motion effects to static images, turn videos of human faces into animated avatars, etc. The product is currently in its 3rd version.
OTOY, headquartered in Los Angeles, offers OctaneRender, a GPU rendering engine.
Luxion, headquartered in California, offers KeyShot, a 3D rendering software.
Living Actor Presenter is a browser-based graphics software solution from Cantoche. It is built to generate video animations from a text or audio file used to automatically animate a three-dimensional avatar in front of a customizable background.
SlideModel is a provider of presentation templates. The vendor has a catalog of designs that includes diagrams, layouts, charts and popular business models that are provided as presentation templates so they can be easily edited to prepare a final presentation. The presentation templates are co...
Space Designer is an online architectural space planning application that lets users virtually inhabit a 3D world of their creation. Its intuitive tools are user-friendly for professionals, as well as novices.The application is developed by Asynth, a company founded in 2009. The Asynth team is co...
Design Wizard is online graphic design software from Wavebreak Media Ltd. It allows users to create visual content for social media posts, emails, flyers, posters, invitations, etc. using over one million copyright images and over fifteen thousand templates. The vendor's aim is to make the design...
Genially states they aim to be the world-leader in interactive visual communication. The vendor invites users to trust Genially as all-in-one online tool to create stunning presentations, interactive images, infographics, dossiers, quizzes, resumes, etc. and enrich them with interactivity and an...
Apex CoVantage Headquartered in Herndon offers PACE (Picture Analysis and Conversion Engine), designed to convert publishable graphics and images in minutes.
Avid offers the Maestro suite of graphics applications.
Cedreo is an online 3D home design software which allows custom home builders to create 3D floor plans and renderings. Cedreo provides professionals from the construction, remodeling and interior design industries with a wide range of 3D drawing features designed for sales representatives and non...
QuarkXPress from Quark Software headquartered in Denver introduces modern responsive web design with Flex Layouts, reimagined Tables, and productivity-boosting design features.
PaintShop Pro is an all-in-one photo editor with advanced photo management, editing & creative tools that deliver everything a photo & design enthusiast needs, from Corel Corporation.
PhotoMirage from Corel Corporation is a photo animation software tool.
Painter is a digital art and painting application, from Corel Corporation.
Let's Enhance is an online platform that offers image upscaling, JPEG-artifacts removal and color/tone enhancement. The main focus of the company is to make image upscaling without losing its quality. For now the website has 4 various filters for image editing: Photos and Art, Illustrations, Col...
Topaz Labs in Addison offers Gigapixel AI, a photo editing and enhancement application.
6px is an API for image processing in the cloud. Some key features include: a predictable pricing model, API and client libraries, and a smart and scalable infrastructure.