The Adobe franchise is very popular because of their powerful and efficient softwares for design. Their softwares like Photoshop, InDesign, or Premiere Pro are very expensive (which sucks for most people), but it’s for a good reason. Adobe has created around 16 programs for designing and developing, however, there’s at least 8 that are more useful in the art/digital design spectrum. So let’s go down the list based on what each softwares are used for!
A good start for the various Adobe softwares would be programs used for printed products. Such printed products would include posters, flyers, book covers, or even logos. In these area, it’s important to incorporate visual attraction with informative skills. From this idea, three Adobe softwares came to mind: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Overall, these programs are perfect for creating your own unique logos, format typography, and make certain prints to hand out. To better understand, I’ll give a very brief explanation of what they’re typically used for separately. Photoshop is one of the most popular design softwares used to edit photos, develop graphics, and create digital designs that can be printed or shared online. Illustrator is focused on creating graphics like Photoshop, but in a different way. Illustrators can make was is called vector art. Vector art is mainly for less detailed elements with curvatures and geometric designs. This is useful for making logos and original cliparts. Then there’s InDesign which brings all the amazing design elements and editing photos together in a printed product. It’s like the advanced version of a Microsoft Page layout. With these three software, one is already an equipped graphic designer!
More on the digital side of design, web design is fairly easy now-a-days because of the websites and programs that allow a user to have their own website. (kind of like this!) After looking at all of the Adobe softwares, a few programs seemed perfect for the part. This would be Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Photoshop (again). I won’t go into Photoshop because I already gave it props, but it is very versatile so I added it. On the other hand, Dreamweaver is more based on programming and using codes. Because of the software’s functionality, most users rely on it for creating websites in a simpler way. Fireworks is like the other side of Dreamweaver because deals with vector designs for interactive websites, regular websites, and more. This software is the Illustrator for websites and mobile applications, to state it bluntly. And with the former two, websites and mobile apps wouldn’t be a bad idea to execute.
Animations & Videos
Moving on to something that’s less still and more lively, Adobe also have softwares for videos and animations. In this era, films and animations have become more popular as technology made them more engaging and thrilling. So of course Adobe will create more amazing softwares to create this type of content. This is where Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, and After Effects comes in. Animate, once known as Flash, is used for creating cartoons, interactive comics, and much more. It was very popular years back, whereas now technology has further advanced to something faster and better in quality. Despite that, many websites and media players still put it into use. Premiere Pro is more video-oriented with the ability to edit video tracks to create movies. It’s very basic on it’s capabilities because it focuses on the actual video tracks and clips than special effects. But that’s where After Effects takes the lead by adding special effects to both videos and animations. It makes seemingly hard effects like adding text to frames or using a green screen very easy to manipulate. It truly makes something come to life (as cheesy as it sounds).
Photo Editing & Design
Last but definitely not least we have photo editing and design. This is definitely the classic form of art so of course there’s many software that can edit and add effects to photos. From Adobe, there’s Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom which can edit photos and add graphics. Again Photoshop is a very flexible software that can do a lot if you know how to use everything and take advantage of it. That’s why it’s great for editing photos. Then there’s Lightroom, which arranges and organizes photos. This is great for making collages or panoramas after editing it on Photoshop. It sounds simple in theory but is very powerful and efficient in its work.
That being said, there’s nothing more to say about Adobe softwares. Actions speak louder than words and their capabilities speak for themselves. Each software is very flexible and user-friendly so it can be used in a work environment or in the comfort of your home. There’s much more Adobe softwares that haven’t been mentioned, although the softwares already mentioned are more than enough. For more insight on Adobe’s other great software, check out this website that I used fro research!