How to Become a Graphic Designer – Part 3

The third and concluding part of how to become a graphic designer looks at implementing InDesign by Adobe into your work. Plus, also what degrees and education may help in your goal towards becoming a professional graphic designer.

InDesign

There may be occasions that as a designer you have to combine vector elements with rasterized images. InDesign is an ideal program that will assist in this, it allows the organization of text, insert placeholders for images, create layout formats and then it can all be saved in a file that can be used later for printing. This means the file that you create can contain layouts, fonts, images as well as the original design file. You can do all this because the software is utilizing placeholders and not the actual images themselves.

What Education Is Needed for a Graphic Designer

If you intend to work for yourself then a degree might not be needed, however some clients may ask for such credentials, especially if they are blue chip companies. Having a relevant degree will definitely carry more weight with design firms and customers, and you must bear in mind that the courses that make up a degree in graphic design will teach some very important information. A graphic design degree will take you through vital aspects of design work, it also will show you the software that is used in the industry and how to effectively use it. A great deal of this information is hard to find on Google and trying to work out how professional software works without a tutor is extremely difficult. Experienced teachers are the best way to learn, so don’t think of a graphic design degree course just a badge collecting exercise, it is an important part of your learning.

Specialize

The world of graphic design is vast and varied, many different industries can use graphic design services, and many have different nuances to their trade. Having a niche will help you focus on what work to go for, it will also give you a great many skills in one field, so that you become an expert. You must have a proper understanding of all the tools of the trade, but by being specialized you will have less competition. Here are some categories that you could specialize in:

Build up a Portfolio

A portfolio is a record of your experience and skills set, plus education qualifications. Your portfolio is a high-powered tool to show prospective clients or employers. Don’t try to cram it out with as much clutter as you can, go for quality and not quantity, let it showcase your very best work and top commissions. Perhaps show complicated work that you are capable of doing, this will demonstrate how skilful you are. And if you have any high-profile projects, make sure you display what you did and how the customer has benefited from your work. Being a graphic designer is a fantastic way to make a living, the tools of the trade stay with you for life and there are so many different options for employment.

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